After a weekend of friends and entertainment, Monday was a day of getting caught up around the house. As I worked on the blog, Shannon took a walk down to the post office. Not long after, she came back with a really cool surprise…my Side Stix crutches. I wasn’t expecting them until later in the week at the earliest, so I was really excited when she announced that they arrived as she walked in the door. I tore into the package like a kid on Christmas Day.
For such a simple device, there were so many components: carbon fiber tubes, forearm handles, and a rotating/articulating foot in addition to a few extras I splurged on like snow shoes, sand shoes, and hiking tips. I couldn’t wait to try them out; without even referring to the instructions I went to town getting them set up. I’ve been banking on these crutches improving my quality of life significantly, so I have high expectations.
After taking several laps around the house and attempting the stairs a few times, I was starting to get comfortable with the switch from a standard crutch to the forearm style. It’s only been a day, but so far I am really happy with them. I am able to get around quicker and they seem less harsh on my joints. Okay, so I think they look cooler too.
After running around the house all morning playing with my new crutches, Shannon forced to me to sit down for half an hour and eat some lunch. Still sticking to our healthier lifestyle she made another incredible meal. It was a simple turkey sandwich and salad, but with a gourmet twist.