I find that with my chronic pain and fatigue, I can tire or become exhausted sometimes with the simplest things. A long visit and too much talking can send me into a crash. Showers can deplete me for a day. But by far one of the hardest things for me has been finding the stamina to hit a shop for any length of time. Pain and fatigue sets in quickly followed by the CRASH. For some years now, I have just resigned myself that having the strength to go out with friends, girl shopping, and many other exertional outside of home activities were just not to be.
With our new home now, I find that there is shopping that cannot all be done online. I needed to find a way to get into the stores yet manage to do it without exhausting myself in the process.
For so long, I have avoided these scooters that are provided by most stores. Why? Because I was embarrassed. Because I felt everyone would look at me differently. Because I did not want to look so helpless or be asked questions. I have discovered that the only thing I did was limit myself. Hurt myself more by not getting out, living more. Well, this last week I finally overcame this fear 💃. I got on one of those motorized scooters, and let me tell you, it opened up a whole lot of things for me. I was able to scoot around the home store with my husband for over an hour. Something we had not done in years. I still had pain and crashed afterwards, but I had a fun day. To think how much I had held myself back out of some misconceptions in my own head. After 5 minutes of initial awkwardness, I was zooming all over that store, high speeds ya all 🙄😂. Not one accident or bump. My take away... do not limit yourself of getting out, having an hour or two of fun if a device can help you do it.
It is hard to accept sometimes that you just may need more help to do some things. But my world has just opened up a bit more for me. I will use every scooter available to me. Heck, I may even buy my own. What a gift I gave myself this week by stepping out of fear and into that scooter!
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