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giggle
05-28-2011, 04:51 PM
recently been having a lot of hip joint problems. everything else is easy to deal with but having stiff hips makes it really hard to get around at times. I thought about a walking stick but I am still young and certain this would be embarrassing for me.

I thought maybe there was some funky looking or not so.... antique like walking stick options that wont make me feel even more like an old woman? Anyone got any advice?

Im only 29 and will be 30 in a couple of weeks lol

ruziska
05-28-2011, 05:56 PM
"Pride goeth before the fall" or something like that and nobody likes to fall on their face. I started using canes, walking sticks, crutches and the like when I was 32. I had a problem with it at first, the whole embarrassing issue, but then I realized it would be a whole lot more embarrassing to fall on my face so I got over it. Check antique stores, thrift shops or flea markets for walking sticks and canes. I got lucky and inherited several from my dad. Also check sporting good stores for walking sticks. If you are crafty, get a dowel rod from the craft store then find a cool door knob either new or a cool glass antique one, cut the dowel rod to the proper length, stain or paint the color of your choice and screw the door knob in the end. I did that but instead of a door knob, I used a tennis ball and wrapped it with yarn so it looks like a ball of yarn since I'm a knitting fanatic. There is actually a company (sorry I don't recall the name) that has a catalog of nothing but canes. I'm sure if you google cane catalogs it will come up quickly. Beautiful stuff with all kinds of prices. Don't think of a cane as an assistive device or look like an old woman, think of it as a fashion statement- an accessory! Have fun and good luck!

tgal
05-28-2011, 06:09 PM
Oh I can sooooo relate to this!!! I broke down and bought a cane for bad days but I only use it when I am really bad! There are some really cool ones out there. Bright colors, medieval type canes, you can make your own fashion statement with them. I got mine at a big Weekly Flea Market in Houston. There are several medieval stores in there and I love it. I will insert a link to a cane website. It might give you some ideas.

http://www.fashionablecanes.com/

ruziska
05-28-2011, 08:18 PM
That's the site! Thanks TGAL! I couldn't remember the name of it courtesy of brain fog.

tgal
05-28-2011, 08:33 PM
That's the site! Thanks TGAL! I couldn't remember the name of it courtesy of brain fog.

My pleasure!

giggle
05-28-2011, 09:48 PM
Ha ha you are so right about that, it would be more embarrassing falling over than having a walking stick. Thanks heaps for the website! It has a lot of interesting stuff. Just looked through all the sections... one that had me puzzled and disgusted was the bull penis canes! EW!

I was worried my partner would be embarrassed to be around me with a cane but he seems ok with it but said I need to get a funky one lol

Linda From Australia
05-29-2011, 02:51 AM
Giggle I found a cool web site you might want to check out. It is Australian

http://www.swankywalkingsticks.com.au/page/18730708 with a You tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2X3pI-VV7E

Life Tech Queensland is in Townsville I think. I have a feeling it is like the Independent Living VCentre in Perth. Perhaps you could contact them and ask them for advice:
http://www.lifetec.org.au/home/search_results.asp?c=1306661817747#8/151

I checked this walking stick out at a chemist, and if I need one, I would like the Cooper Arthritic Adjustable Walking Stick
http://www.assistireland.ie/uploadedfiles/Product_Images/Walking_and_Standing_Devices/Walking_Sticks/Arthritis_Grip_Cane_Adjustable-Large_Handle_(PRO)_896.jpg
http://www.assistireland.ie/uploadedfiles/Product_Images/Walking_and_Standing_Devices/Walking_Sticks/Arthritis_Grip_Cane_Adjustable-Large_Handle_(PRO)_896.jpg

I found it on Ebay: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Foldable-molded-T-shaped-handle-Walking-Stick-NEW-/230448789147

Peridot20_Gem
05-29-2011, 02:44 PM
Hi Giggle,

I was in the same boat as yourself in my middle 20's and never gave anyone else a thought as i needed it badly, i went out and brought a nice slim walking stick with a nice thin handle and a gold bar going around it.

If you need one get one and use it mate, as you come first before other's and your health and Linda's done the good site's for you plus the one mari also found besides that there's either Ebay or Amazon you could look at.

Best of luck with getting a nice one.

giggle
05-29-2011, 03:17 PM
Thanks guys :)

I have put on order a shiny purple hiking stick... its basically a walking stick but its telescopic so it will fold away to put in my bag should I need it. I broke the news about it on facebook, to have a friend younger than me comment and tell me he needs to use a walking stick occasionally as well, having a severe and damaging arthritic condition. I felt a little better about it, this guy has to be the proudest guy I know and he came out and told me about it publicly.

My partner said he would prefer I have one than not have one... for my safety and also because he believes it will ease the pressure on me a bit with regards to people just not thinking I am sick. He says it will be a physical symbol that I am actually sick and that people do need to remember that. The way he said it sounded better and just made me love him more. But with my current brain weirdness saying things properly is getting hard. : /

magistramarla
05-29-2011, 09:25 PM
Giggle,
Good for you for getting your walking stick!
I never go anywhere without one. I have a great folding one that I inherited from my Dad. I use it every day. I have two fancy ones for dressy occasions. One has a wonderful lion's head for a handle, and used to be my mother-in-law's. The other one, my Latin students had made especially for me as a going-away present. It has a silver handle, and has pictures of little Romans on it, and some real Roman coins. I cried when they surprised me with it, and I'll treasure it always.
Hugs,
Marla

Peridot20_Gem
05-30-2011, 01:06 PM
Giggle,

Good on ya mate for getting one and just think positive and your partner is right by what he says it makes other's realize your ill and chatting with someone you know, sounds like it's made the situation even more better.

You could always add a pic when it arrives to show us what it's like, that's if you want to. xxx

Peridot20_Gem
05-30-2011, 01:08 PM
Giggle,
Good for you for getting your walking stick!
I never go anywhere without one. I have a great folding one that I inherited from my Dad. I use it every day. I have two fancy ones for dressy occasions. One has a wonderful lion's head for a handle, and used to be my mother-in-law's. The other one, my Latin students had made especially for me as a going-away present. It has a silver handle, and has pictures of little Romans on it, and some real Roman coins. I cried when they surprised me with it, and I'll treasure it always.
Hugs,
Marla((Marla get that lion's head one posted to me ASAP, as i'm a Leo. lol)