So back in August I noticed my walking was deteriorating. Very often for those of us born with disabilities, it’s not enough for us to spend ten years or so learning how to walk. We have to then maintain the skill everyone else was learning to master at the age of… you know… a year.
Around this time I discovered a new sport create for persons with Cerebral Palsy called Racerunning. Basically someone has built a running frame that the athlete leans into to enable those with disabilities to reach high speech under the own ambulatory power. I have yet to find a whole lot of info about the sport but I did find plans to weld your very own running frame as manufacturers seem to be in short supply.
Will have to talk to several bike welders to see if I can find anybody willing to give it a whirl with me.
Meanwhile as I’m up in Edale, hiking capital of the world and quickly seeing my walking abilities decline, I bought a walker off of Amazon in hope of regaining some of my strength while enjoying the great outdoors. It came in two days (it once took a walker nine months to be shipped over from Germany when I was a kid) and is electric blue.
I took it out for a spin this afternoon and was horrified. It’s been 17 years since I consistently used a walker for my main mode of transportation and “deterioration” doesn’t even begin to sum up what has happened to my walking ability. I can’t make it down the driveway of our cabin and to Champion House, the next drive which is honestly a stone’s throw away without feeling like my chest is going to explode.
I feel like I have let down my mother and all the therapists / teachers who gave up their lunch period to teach me how to walk. How could I have been so arrogant as to let something so important slip?
I know there was I time in my life where I couldn’t even walk as far as I did today and thus I am counting on the same principles which lead me to have my abilities the first time I gained them to work this time. I will try to increase my distance each day I’m in Edale. Even if its just a meter more I can walk each day that will be double the length I can walk now. And that has to count for something. It’s a brave new world out there. Every Day.