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Zimmer here, Zimmer there

February 5, 2010

8th Jul 2009

Mrs D has a new mode of transport.

The silly bint fell down the stairs at work on Friday, landed on her arse, and has been unable to stand – never mind walk – since then.

She picked a good time to do it really – one guaranteed to ensure no shortage of hands, available and willing, to help her to her feet.

We finish work at 4pm on a Friday. It was a few minutes before then that MrsD descended the stairs more rapidly than she intended and ended up a crumpled heap at the bottom, thereby preventing anyone else from descending the stairs and leaving the building to start their weekend. With their egress from the building blocked, Quality and Eng Dept made a temporary alliance. Quality immediately grasped the nature of the problem – lying where she was, MrsD was preventing access to the machine where people were expected to swipe their clock cards before leaving the building. Engineering came up with a solution – move her out of the way. Quality then devised a process whereby this might be accomplished.

In the car, on the way home, Mrs D refused my offer to drive her to hospital to have an Xray. Later that evening the pain was so severe she couldn’t put any weight on her left leg, but still refused to go to hospital. Moving from one room to another was accomplished by me picking her up and carrying her. After a couple of days, MrsD’s pain had eased to an extent that she was able to shuffle a few steps very slowly with the aid of a walking stick and hanging onto my arm. But to move any distance still required me to carry her – I never realised how often she went to the loo until I had to keep carrying her there !!!

After a few more days, my back was aching with the pain of carrying MrsD from room to room

Desperate measures were called for before I ended in hospital with a knackered back. I went online and ordered a zimmer frame. It is a measure of how much pain she was in and how shaky on her feet even with the walking stick that she did not try to throw the frame at my head.

As she zimmed past me en route to the loo at the speed of a . . . snail, I said –

‘You’re getting the hang of that frame now. I’ve been looking at that website again. Did you know you can buy accessories for them? If you want I could order a wee basket thingy to hang on the front so you could zim round to the offie for some bottles and fags.

MrsD answered in the negative – ‘FUCK OFF !!!’

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2010 2:09 am

    Did she ever end up getting an x-ray or did she improve?

    • February 6, 2010 8:37 am

      Wouldn’t go for x-ray.

      There was a temporary improvement – she recovered from the fall-related injury, but advancing cancer later ‘wasted’ muscles in her legs making it impossible for her to stand without my support

  2. February 5, 2010 10:39 am

    I always thought the frame was named after its inventor. Nope, the manufacturing conglomerate!

  3. delicate flower permalink
    February 5, 2010 4:16 pm

    We call them ‘Walkers’ 🙂

    that woman had determination and strength…love how she’s repeatedly told you to f**k off!! Tee Hee….

    My ex- used one of those for awhile and he agreed to the little hangie thing. I bought a carpenter’s apron for him to store glasses, etc

  4. The Celtic Queen permalink
    February 23, 2010 12:58 pm

    Geez Dunc what happened to the Zimmer with the wheels and the brakes, don’t they have them in England? Mum had to get one of those a few years ago. Same idea but they don’t have to lift. It has a seat to sit on when you get too tired. There’s a wee basket for her shopping too but she’s gone all out at 83 and bought one of those electric scooters. Comes with a flag and all lol. She’s had a new lease of life as she never even drove a car, EVER!. Now she tells me the trucks don’t give way to her. EEEK!!!

    • February 23, 2010 8:53 pm

      We have them here too, Ann but Anita fought against using any ‘walking aid’ for as long as possible because to admit she needed them was to acknowledge that after 2.1/2 years the cancer was finally beating her 😦

      That she went quite quickly in a matter of weeks to using a walking stick, then a zimmer, and then a wheelchair was something we both regarded as a very bad omen !!!

      • The Celtic Queen permalink
        February 24, 2010 1:05 am

        With Jan having Azheimers I can totally understand Anita’s way of thinking. We’ve always been no nonsense, no room for crap in our lives, get up and go kind of people so Jan getting this disease was devastating as I’m sure it was for you and Anita.
        We put things in place to make his life easy, we cope and I never thought he’d adapt to this but he has. He knows what is happening to him so we both get through each day as calmly and efficiently as we can. Life has many twists and turns Duncan but we learn lots from it. We learn a new kind of patience, new love, better understandings of what we thought we already understood. It’s been a whole new learning curve for me. I’m his full time carer and until such times as I have to relinquish that care I feel it’s an honour to do it. I’ve seen what’s out there caring for our loved ones and I don’t like what I see.

    • February 23, 2010 8:55 pm

      P.S. your mum sounds like a bit of a ‘character’ ! Take after her by any chance do you ? 😉

      • The Celtic Queen permalink
        February 24, 2010 12:35 am

        She is a character. She ‘s like Don Mills in a frock.

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