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In Part 1 I talked about active mobility devices to still maintain fitness while injured. In Part 2 I’m talking about the more practical aspects of how to get around more effectively.

If you have ever used crutches you may agree that they are terrible. It isn’t really possible to do much while using them. You can’t carry anything, cooking is annoying awkward, actually doing any activity that requires using your hands becomes challenging. Even going a couple blocks with them is exhausting.

Enter the kneel-on scooter. It was a marvelous acquisition, rented from a mobility medical supply place. With it I could actually be useful around the house. I started to cook again, do dishes and could carry things between rooms. Also, I could take it outside and would use it to get to our local mall to do grocery shopping. The grocery store’s hand baskets would fit over the handlebars. I would then carry the groceries home in a backpack.  It was so freeing.

When my accident happened, my wife and I were about to leave on a bicycle touring trip to Denmark. Once I could be self-sufficient enough and could get groceries, my wife decided that she would go without me for 3 weeks. I not only survived I did really well. I could not have done it with crutches. Or a wheelchair.

And as far as a workout goes, the quad on my injured leg got a huge workout. As you push yourself along with the good foot your body bobs up and down on your injured leg. Some days, while carrying a large amount of groceries, my quad would be burning from the workout.  Once I started walking again, the quads on both legs were still about the same size. Unfortunately, my calf on the injured foot was about 1/2 the size of the other leg.