....as I expected. My kids came home today from school (had been at their dad's all weekend) and my son saw my cane for the first time...I had been hiding it. He reacted just as I thought. He's 9 years old and begged me not to use it in public...begged. He said it was embarrassing to him. His twin brother said it didn't embarrass him if I needed it...but was curious about it. And my 7 year old daughter wanted to play with it...and kept saying "I'm an old lady" as she walked around with it. Oh, the stigma...this is so hard. The can definately feels better and makes me much more stable and takes pain away from not bearing all my weight on my right leg. I do feel so bad for my kids though and I live in such a "clickish" neighborhood too. My son told me he'd rather me have the surgery than use the cane even though I was told it was a 50/50 shot of relieving pain. He also compared me to his grandmother who is in bed all day (has lots of back issues/sureries), she has a scooter for when she is barely out of bed, she's always slurring her words from her meds and falls asleep sitting up, and she never puts her teeth in, so all you see are gums all the time. She also complains about everything else under the sun. This was a huge blow to me to be compared to her.
Anyway, well...I guess I got the reaction I expected. I don't know what to do.