Hello to all....
Regarding wheelchairs; I have finally relented and do request one when flying, but I have not given in at this point, to use one all the time. However; it has limited my ability to socialize; so I do as many others ~ find a chair and wait until people come to me. Most of your friends will see you and come sit and visit.
Gloria, thanks for the link for the rollator, I think it would be a great help for sitting when there is no chair available, but I have tried a walker and the pressure I put on the walker causes my tremors to transfer from my legs to my arms and upper body ~ so I just use a cart when shopping and try to keep the tremors under control as much as possible.
Chris, I think this is what you were describing, unless one can walk quickly, the tremors transfer to the upper body.
Joan, you sound like me ~ my husband tries to get me to use one of the electric scooters found at most stores; but I have yet to try one. I am fearful I might just run someone down! Soooo, I continue to shimmy and shake through the store.
As most have said, trying to get through a social event and when food is served buffet style; it is next to impossible to try to balance a plate and ones' self. We really do our own special balancing act! And Joan....you could send some of that rain down to FL ~ we are in a drought situation!
Mike, back to you....I am so sorry you are experiencing such difficulties and can see your OT is progressing. When we met in Rochester, I thought you seemed to be doing quite well. You did say you could stand a bit longer when you shifted from one foot to another; I guess this isn't working for you now. Did you go off all your medications? You had mentioned you thought you might since they made you less sharp than you wanted to be.
If you feel a wheelchair would help you; then you should certainly consider one ~ as should everyone else who is having difficulty getting around. You mentioned depression and anger; I think most have gone through many emotional stages after having been disgnoised with OT.
With me, at first it was ~ well, now I have a name for what I have ~ then as time went by, it was the realization of how OT impacts ones life. Yes, there is some anger when we can no longer do the things we have always done and taken for granted; but anger takes a lot of energy, and we need that energy to do our balancing act; try to let that go. Perhaps we do experience a little sadness or depression because our lives have become compromised ~ but don't dwell on that; for this too shall pass! Try to accept the cards you have been dealt (you will understand this better than most LOL), and play that hand the best you can. I know things will get better for you; we all go through rough times and need one another to help us; that's what makes this site such a wonderful, helpful place.
Try to stay positive, and remember ~ one step at the time.