Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Rollator Prep: Part Three of Three

My final challenge in the neuro therapy bridge session was getting down the steps from bridge to street level. Rollators aren’t designed to navigate stairs.

No problem! I just got a good grip with my right hand for balance and expected to get the job done. Right?


Ashley had a different agenda: No hands and don’t look down at your feet. 

Terror attack!

My right hand kept just automatically kept reaching for that sturdy, reliable railing. And Ashley kept reminding me, “No holding on!” 

I finally hit upon a strategy that succeeded. I held my right hand up high. When I started to reach for the security of that banister, the movement reminded me that particular action was a no-no. 

My effort didn’t reduce my fear or improve the placement of my stroke-affected left foot. But by the smiles, it seems Ashley and Charlie appreciated my attempts. 

Or maybe they just found humor in my method for making that right hand comply with instructions.



  1. You are a determined lady.I have not had a stroke and would not want to walk down any stairs with our holding on to a railing. My balance is not as good as it used to be.

  2. I am with Ruth, specially since my fall...I do not go up and down steps without holding on. I keep thinking I should try, though.

  3. you were truly determined to over come and you did.. and did it Well

  4. forgot to say, I have no health issues like yours, but I could not walk down or up those steps without my hand on the railing. I never walk steps without holding on.

  5. Ooh, that looks scary. Even though I don't have the kind of health issues you do, I am afraid of walking up and down stairs without at least having something close enough I can reach to steady myself with. It's probably all psychological, but still. You inspire me.

  6. Goodness - I think that's a difficult task for even the able-bodied. I ALWAYS hold on or at least hover my hand over the railing if I don't want to touch. Good for you!