I know that our condition are far from humorous but laughter is also a key to healing and over all good health. I wanted to use this link to poke fun at myself and share story or two of activities that I took for granted and so simple that are now near impossible, that you just have to laugh.
I have a very large L5/S1 disc bulge crushing my nerve root which leaves me with a great deal of pain, drop foot, weakness and numbness in my left leg that leaves me unable to walk without walker, cane or shopping cart and anytime on my feet is very short lived.
I am one of the fortunate few who have no family and some fair weather friends that are no help when it comes to anykind of ADL assistance. We all need things to get by and food and need to go to the grocery store is one and after eating everything in the house I brace myself for a trip to the store. Through past trial and error I have learned a few tricks, one is do not go at prime time, very early in morning or late to rule out check out wait and getting around those folks who love to visit with someone in the middle of isle. Smaller the store the better, if your going to Walmart you are better off then most of us. Parking I try to get as close to shopping carts, this may require circling lots several times.
As for me, after parking, I hang onto my car door ,bumper and etc. until I take a couple very unnatural step and latch onto a shopping cart, now this takes some of the weight off my nerve root and my walking becomes some normal but am in a lot of pain and start to break out in a sweat. Now at this point a grocery list is broken down into two colms. Absolutely need and wouldn't it be nice. As I head to back of the store grab some milk, bread and eggs I am already exhausted and limping badly, time has run out for me and can pick one isle for return trip to check out. I find soup isle is often my hurried choice, as I cringe with every step I am throwing things into my basket with out much thought. So when I get home and after several trips from car to houseloading basket on my walker, I look over what I have bought in such a hurry sometimes a surprise