I’m Thankful for Community Caregivers and the Devices that Help Me on My Journey

I’m Thankful for Community Caregivers and the Devices that Help Me on My Journey
Through the Fog Over the past year or so, I've had to rely more often on my cane and walker. I have a hard time getting my head around the fact that I now depend on medical equipment to help me get around because my body can no longer perform the way it used to. I admit that at times I find it embarrassing. Some days my arthritic right hip makes it difficult to walk. I limp, and I have to be mindful of careful stepping when I'm going upstairs or downstairs. If I don't remember to lead with the bad leg, it's more painful than it needs to be. My cane comes in handy here as a visual reminder to step correctly. I've had occasions when I wasn't paying attention, and I fell. Fortunately, only my pride was hurt. I'm so thankful that my husband was around to help me get back up. It's scary for me to think about falling when my husband is not home because I can't get back up on my own. One way we are dealing with this issue is by using an Echo Connect. We have it connected to our phone line, and if I find myself in a tough situation, like falling, I can have Alexa call 911. Although I can have Alexa call people in my contacts, you need Echo Connect to contact emergency services. I have significant muscle weakness in both of my legs, mostly due to deconditioning. I can tell as soon as I get up in the morning whether I will need my walker for the day. In my small town, there's a nonprofit called
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