Here are two of the aids that help me get around.

Left Foot AFO

One of the major causes for a bunch of falls I took since I got to the Castle was that my left foot started to drag. It’s funny because one of the more notable falls I took, was on the way into 243 East, where there is a sort of high entry step and a bunch of people and small dogs were coming and going, and I tried to left my left leg and my foot caught on that jutting step, and down, down, down, in slow motion I went.

I twisted some ligaments in my left knee, but that was about all.

Once in the Castle, I had several falls from the same thing. I got this springy thing yesterday and practiced with OT. Truthfully, it feels like one of Frankenstein’s boots, but we’ll see.

The Wonderful Scooter

And a few months ago a nun left this place, and was going somewhere that she didn’t need a scooter. I don’t know if she’s dead or alive. Management just says she went somewhere else. People are always waiting to get in this place.

The scooter is at least 11 years old, and on its last legs. Still it gets me out to the park, and I am applying (with an OT guy who knows his way around the paperwork) for a new one. The company that made it was bought 11 years ago by Drive Medical.

It was renamed The Spitfire. One of the smallest ones around, and you can only charge these things so many times before they won’t keep the charge. I’m around that point.

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My name is David Beckerman. I am a fine art photographer working in New York City. Or I was before I had two strokes. I now write from a Nursing Home.

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