I attempted to do a small task the other day; it should have taken a minute but instead took several hours! I was using a cordless power drill to act as a simple screwdriver. The battery ran out and the drill felt heavy, solid and motionless. The job then came to a frustrating, sudden halt. This analogy relates exactly to the way my legs feel when neurological fatigue sets in and they refuse to budge. Consequently I end up on the floor in a heap. I can’t just slot in a new set of Duracells and instead I have to stop, rest and recharge everything very, very slowly!
I have been testing out the latest prototype trike this week and Triple Tread has become my saviour. Not least because I can get around without falling! I feel free on my trike and good about myself, as I am achieving independence. Not having to rely on my wife to hold me up while I try to drag these two dead weights along beneath me is a fantastic feeling.
The steering mechanism means that I am not in danger of tipping the trike when I corner and I feel safe on uneven roads. My legs are weak though and I am getting to know my cycling distance limits. The pedalling motion is so much better for me than trying to walk anywhere as I have foot drop. I swing my leg out to the side in order to move forwards and I try to get it high enough so not to trip me up. My posture is affected by these gait difficulties so I end up swaying around like I have had ten pints and usually end up crawling!
I don’t have to worry about my lack of balance while I am pedalling along on the trike. The rotational movement uses different muscles than when walking. At the moment, I am researching an electric motor assistance option to add to Triple Tread, so that we can press a ‘get me home button’ for the return journey! I think it will also come in handy for those steep hills too.