What I mean by hidden leaning is that most of the time it is not obvious as to what I am doing. When I DO stairs it is tough. I have to take one step at a time mainly that is due to a trice operated on right knee. Also my knees tend to ‘give’ on me so I have to hold on tight to a railing. Makes me feel a hundred years old for sure BUT can’t take the chance of falling on stairs. Did that once and I know what that is like.
I learned a long time ago to ‘hook’ my foot under furniture; cabinets or anything that I could get my foot under if felt a ‘lean’ going too far. Works quite well too.
When being seated or getting up like in a restaurant I hold on to my husbands arm and it makes him look so chivalrous too J Same thing in holding those heavy doors open in public. When in a clothing store those nice clothes racks are great to ‘lean’ into and help with balance when I get tired.
In the food store those shopping carts are great to push and no one knows WHY I really am pushing it. There again my husband does the shopping I just push the cart J One time he grabbed the cart and said” I will be right back need to get some heavy things we forgot, stay there!” OOPS so I just moved real close to the shelves and put one hand on it like I was reading something all the while steadying myself.
In both our bathrooms we have grab bars in the shower and in mine a place to sit down, very helpful! Mine has glass doors and I prefer it that way because I can’t fall through that. Where as a shower curtian will let you fall right out of the tub. Also the sink counter is close to the potty and I use that as a ‘leaner’.
When out in public I always go for the handicapped stalls for they are much easier to use and safer. When in a waiting room I pick a firm chair to sit on. So much easier to get off of and to ‘lean ‘ into those arms.
In the kitchen I stand right next to the counter so I am leaning into it not hard but just enough to keep me steady. I pretty much lean on everything but it dosen’t look like I am doing it for any reason in paticular. Yes I do the “wall walking” on bad days.
Even my dog gets leaned on my me but she takes it as affection kind of a two for one thing there J
I also use what motivates me to lean on mentally. But my friends are the best ‘leanees’ of all. When I have really had it with something all I have to do is mention it and I get all kinds of support back, no better LEAN than that J
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