Hello there, I am brand new to the forum. I have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis and have been suffering with it for more than a decade. I went on disability in 2015. At the age of 54, I have a desire to complete my college degree in graphic artist and English and have enrolled at Cleveland State University for the fall. I already have an associate's degree.
Yesterday I needed to perform an errand which required me to go to a medical facility about four blocks from my house to drop off some papers for my son's doctor. So I got my cane and started to walk towards the bus stop which would take me down the street. Well this little trip turned into a personal nightmare! I got to the stop and by time I got there and returned home I was in much pain it was almost unbearable! I started to wonder how I was going to cope when it came time for school?
My biological mom (I was adopted, found her in 2003), also had the same health problems that I currently am dealing with and she was in a wheelchair the entire time that I knew her (she died in 2013). I have always tried to avoid using one, but now I am beginning to think that I might need to reconsider that. Yesterday was not the first time I have had that kind of experience and I have had issues of loosing my balance, once I even collapsed and fell hard, breaking my wife's sewing kit and knocking over my computer monitor from my desk!
I guess what i am wondering is how do a person know if it is time to get a wheelchair? Will Medicaid/Medicare pay for it? I can walk a some here in the house but when I leave the house is when I have problems. I would like to hear from others who may have been in my position before and what are your thoughts on this.