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Mobility issues are not confined to the elderly, I should know!
At the grand old age of 42 I have Crohn’s Disease, a fistula, arthritis and several other ailments. While I am not bedridden it does affect my daily living. I have arthritis as a complication of Crohn’s Disease which I have written a lot about and you can catch up with by clicking here.
Now, I am a long way (I think) from needing mobility aids like these Mobility Scooters from Fenetic Wellbeing. I am able to live day-to-day by making adjustments to my journeys and I thought I would share these with you.
I KNOW that a “big” day out, basically anything that involves a long day, a bit of walking, standing or sitting for long periods (yes sitting upsets my fistula) pretty much anything more than a trip to the supermarket, will end in a day or two recovering. But we can’t live our lives not doing anything, plus I have two young children that I like to go out with and share experiences with.
How to plan days out:
Using the calendar
What I do is keep a calendar on my phone. We have a linked family calendar so we all know who is doing what and when. Then I can make sure I arrange days out around when other people will be around to look after the kids if I need them to take the to school or whatever. I also make sure I don’t plan more than one or two “big” days out in one week as I struggle to cope with more than that.
Plan your journey
I plan my journeys to make them as easy as possible with the least amount of walking. I also need to factor in toilet stops due to Crohn’s Disease. Planning journeys might mean that a journey isn’t the fastest. For instance if you HAVE to get the tube in London then you might want to choose a station with less steps, a lift or that is closer to the mainline station. However an extra few minutes added to your journey is better than crippling yourself.
Ask for assistance – book ahead
Having mobility issues and (as in my case) Crohn’s Disease is nothing to be ashamed of and you should be afraid to ask for help. If necessary let the venue know ahead of time that you might need assistance. This can mean asking for a seat nearer to a toilet at a venue. I’ve found that arena’s are very accommodating in this respect, especially if you are in receipt of PIP or other disability benefit.
If you don’t feel up to it don’t go!
I have had to cancel plans last minute more times than I care to think. It upsets me every time and I always feel guilty. Friends are always very understanding though and don’t stop inviting me out. Really, there is no point going out if you know it will make you worse just for the sake of not upsetting people. Put yourself and your health first, friends do understand.
Do you have any tips that you would add?
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