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Offline jennifer123

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A strange question
« on: February 15, 2004, 10:45:07 PM »

I'm new to this area of the board... but, I have a general question.... a strange general question....

I've had 4 knee surgeries in the past year.  So, after each surgery, I use crutches and go to school (at a big university).  But usually, in between the surgeries, I've been off crutches for a while.  However, I've never been very stable - always limped.  The question I have is if anyone has found a good way to not get "bumped into" while walking through crowds.  At school it's very difficult... if I have crutches, people avoid me.  It's not a big deal for other people when they bump into me, but my knees are usually barely able to walk and so for me to get bumped into or have to swerve is very difficult and painful.  

Anyone come up with good tricks?  I've found one way is to freeze and stop walking and let people walk around me... at least I won't be in motion when I'm bumped.  Anyone else have ideas?  When I'm walking again, I'm thinking about carrying
a crutch around as visible sign....

8 surgeries:
2/03 ACL left knee
5/03 LR right knee
6/03,1/04 scar tissue removal left knee
5/04, 6/04 adhesion removal, anterior interval release;  8/04 MUA, insufflation, injection; 8/1/08 ACL left knee (again) + LOA

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Re: A strange question
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2004, 12:33:26 AM »
An option might be a cane. Even if you don't require the additional stability, the cane might give you the "space creating" result that the crutches did, with less hassle, if being bumped into causes that much of an issue.
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Re: A strange question
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2004, 12:51:07 AM »
Cane sounds like a really good initial thought was a giant orange flag on a long pole attatched to your head!!! ;D That would be funny...just kidding, good luck with getting a space of your own...I bet that getting bumbed into is really painful...
Hang in there good luck
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2002 LR RK
2002 Scope and hematoma evac RK
2004 LR LK
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Re: A strange question
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2004, 12:54:38 AM »
I used a cane a lot to get around on the university campus that I'm at after my surgery... sometimes I'd just sorta carry it in the position of almost using it, and not really use it, but people were certainly curteous and sympathetic.  In my opinion, it worked like a charm.

24y/o - had subluxing right patella, frequent dislocations, osteoarthritis.
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