When I was still living in Mountain Town one state over, the physical therapists taught me to walk on a quad cane. However, the PT who provided homecare soon took it away.
"Bad for the posture," she explained. She would then point out other residents walking stooped over in our assisted living home. She would say, "See him?" Or "See her?" Then when I nodded yes, she would say, "Quad cane." That was the end of those discussions and also the end of the quad cane.
After a while the homecare PT graduated me to outpatient PT at St. Downtown. There I learned once again to walk on a quad cane. I even graduated for awhile to a single-point cane. I was not cleared to walk at home, only at St. Downtown.
When I moved back to Coastside, I was without a therapist for quite a while because it took several months to get back into my old healthcare plan, My Best HMO, and to get hooked up with their therapists.
At that point, My Best HMO therapists would not even think about working on walking, even on my walker, until I got back into an AFO (ankle foot orthosis) brace. Many weeks went by before once again I could get an AFO. At home, we put the wheelchair in the garage to make room in our little condo and I went about 100% of the time on my original two-wheeled, standard-issue beginner's walker. I could take only a few steps on my single-point cane. My legs no longer "remembered" how to walk with a cane.
Then a little over a month ago, I finally get into Coastal Care, our local adult daycare program.
Good news! There I have a new MT (main therapist) in my life. She is only at Coastal Care twice a week, and most of her on-site time is occupied by group lessons. However, I get to spend a few minutes with her in the afternoon at least once a week. Wow! She quite makes up in quality for what I lack in the quantity of time with her. About three weeks ago, she started me on the quad cane once again. Then: "When you are home, walk on your cane as much as possible, avoiding rugs. Whenever possible, use the cane instead of your walker."
Eureka! A new beginning!
Every life deserves a new beginning. Why not apply to The Universe, your own Higher Power, or your God to have as many new beginnings as you need to make meaning in your life?
Walk on, fellow strokies and all you who support us. Walk on.