22 Apr Parenting on Crutches? Total Chaos!
iWALK2.0 Saves the Day For Injured Parents
Being a parent is hard work! Running after kids, cleaning up their messes, doing their laundry, shuffling them to and from the park or practices, and fixing their meals is downright exhausting. Throw in a broken ankle or torn Achilles tendon while trying to “do it all?” Forget about it! When a mom goes down, so does the entire household! Kids don’t take care of themselves! Multitasking mammas will tell you that laundry, preparing meals, and carpooling kids around is nearly impossible on crutches!
Even though they seem super human, unfortunately, moms (and dads) do get hurt. Now, thanks to advances in medical technology there is a way to keep life moving forward. iWALK2.0 is a lifesaver for many busy parents! Just take a look at four first-hand accounts below.
Terrible Two is bad enough – Imagine being on crutches too!
Ashley is an energetic parent of a busy 2-year-old. Ashley’s only downtime is when her daughter is napping, and even then, Ashley is busy with household chores. She takes pride in caring for her child and being a stay-at-home mom while her husband travels for business. Chasing after a toddler is busy, to say the least, and preparing meals, doing laundry, walking her dog, and running errands are just a few more of her day-to-day responsibilities. She doesn’t get a break.
One can only imagine Ashley’s immense concern when she broke her leg and realized she was going to be a mom on crutches for 4 to 6 weeks. Visions of mountains of laundry, piles of dishes, and one dirty, crazy 2-year-old running amuck raced through her mind. “I need to BE A MOM and I need to BE A HOMEMAKER,” Ashley fretted. Without a strong network of support and parents who both worked and lived far from her, Ashley was on her own…aside from the two annoying crutches that were now practically glued to her armpits.
She did her best with the crutches, hobbling around the house, telling her daughter to slow down, and hopping between the refrigerator and stove. She lamented, “Is there really anything that would make crutches less miserable? Short answer: NO!” Ashley tried for six miserable days to hold down the fort. The crutches, which were already cumbersome, started hurting her underarms. Desperate for some sort of relief, she ordered crutch pads, but they didn’t do the trick. Imagining 5 more weeks living with crutches was unbearable, so she began to search for an alternative.
Ashley figured that a knee scooter, with its cute little wheels, might be a little bit more manageable. Her daughter would probably enjoy a ride or two. Determined to find a solution, Ashley searched for a knee scooter on-line, but an iWALK2.0 caught her eye. Hands-free crutch alternative? Could it really work? Ashley read multiple reviews and decided she had nothing to lose. She immediately ordered iWALK2.0.
After anxiously awaiting its delivery, viewing a simple how-to video, and taking a
few strolls around her living room (most likely chasing that cute little toddler) while wearing iWALK2.0, Ashley was up and running! “Now I am able to PICK UP AND CARRY my daughter!” The piles of laundry and dishes that plagued her mind melted away, and Ashley realized she was a fully functional mom, even with a broken leg. iWALK2.0 enabled to do the thing she loved most – chasing after her energetic 2-year-old. She could even pick up and carry her daughter to bed, so Ashley could enjoy some worry-free quite time, thanks to iWALK2.0!
4 Kids and an Entrepreneur? NO problem! On Crutches? No Way!
Raising four children is an endless game of catch up and scrambling schedules. One kids goes to preschool at 8:00, the other wants to sleep until 9. One has a field trip, and another is sick home from school. You get the picture. Let’s add taking care of a couple of aging relatives. For kicks, let’s throw in managing a bit of real estate. Is that enough for you? Oh wait, this mom also has her own business. That’s right – this mom of 4 cares for her aunt and father and is an entrepreneur selling her own lip balm she developed after caring for her son with eczema. Did we mention that Anita is a former Marine? Did we also mention that she went to college early? This woman deserves a medal!
What she didn’t deserve was a stress fracture! Amazing Anita was devastated when she was diagnosed with a stress fracture due to complications from a bone spur. She fretted over the injury and the time it would take to recover. She knew crutches were a pain and she knew that her world stopped if she had to be off her feet for a single day. Anita could not bear the thought of being down and out for a single minute. “I WILL NOT let my stress fracture/bone spur get me down!,” she told iWALK2.0.
iWALK2.0 to the rescue! Anita didn’t want to give up a single responsibility while recovering from her stress fracture and she didn’t have to. The iWALK2.0 allowed Anita to continue to be a mom on crutches while doing it all. iWALK2.0 was a savior for this super woman!
This Devoted Dad Deserved a Swift Recovery
Jon is a devoted dad who understands how precious his time is with his darling 2-year-old daughter. He loves chasing her around the park, having snowball fights, and carrying her to bed each evening. Unfortunately, Jon was held back from caring for his daughter when he suffered a very painful ruptured Achilles tendon. Jon was devastated that he wouldn’t be able to play with his fun-loving little girl, and you can believe she let him hear about it!
After a few days on his back and hobbling around on crutches, Jon realized that he needed a better alternative. Life was too short, and he was not interested in spending it on the couch, even if his daughter was climbing all over him. Thankfully, he discovered iWALK2.0. “Cooking, cleaning, and playing with and carrying my 2-year-old daughter all became possible once again,” he said. iWALK2.0 allowed Jon to make every moment count!
Parenting on crutches – tips for moms with a lower leg injury
When Natasha Boydell slipped and broke her ankle, she didn’t know how she would manage to look after her children on crutches for six weeks. Now she’s come out the other side, remarkably unscathed, here are her tips for other moms who have a broken leg or ankle injury…
It’s not the first time I’ve called my husband to tell him that I’m broken. After all, parenting tiny people is tough. But this time I actually meant it.
I was walking home with my two girls from a playdate when my little pride and joys – my shiny new high-tops – gave way and I skidded over a manhole cover and landed awkwardly. I knew instantly that I’d done something bad.
X-rays confirmed that I had broken my ankle in two places and I was whisked off to the nearest hospital for surgery. Two days later I was finally back home with my leg in a cast, a pair of crutches and instructions not to put any weight on my foot for the next six weeks.
Struggling with crutches
I have a five-year-old and two-year-old to care for so I didn’t know how I was going to get through it. My husband was able to take a couple of days off work while I was in hospital but life had to go back to normal at some point.
At first I was on crutches and life was impossible – it took me half an hour to huff and puff up the stairs and simple tasks like making a cup of tea or picking up a toy were a mission. Within a day or two I had sore hands and dreaded having to move or go anywhere.
My physio had mentioned a knee crutch and after a bit of googling I found what she was talking about – a hands-free crutch called an iWALK2.0. It was an impulse purchase but probably the best thing I’ve ever bought in my life!
Getting my freedom back
It took me half an hour to get used to the iWALK2.0 and I was walking around the shops picking up some groceries the same afternoon.
I never would have survived if I’d been using regular crutches. Things like cooking, dressing the kids, tidying up their chaos or picking up my toddler would have been impossible but the iWALK2.0 works a lot like your normal leg so this all became easy.
I had genuinely feared that I would lose my mind over the 42 days that loomed ahead of me, as I struggled to care for my children and had to rely on people to do everything for me, but thanks to the iWALK2.0 it was nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be.
Now my cast is off and I’ve found myself looking back at what we’ve all achieved – my husband and children as much as me – and what helped us to get through it.
An Avid Traveler Nearly Cancels Her Trip – Crisis Averted!
Have you ever traveled to the United Kingdom from the United States. It’s a long flight no matter where you depart. Would you mind doing it with an 8-month-old? Most would say “no thank you!” How about traveling to England, with a baby, nursing a recently repaired broken ankle, and while on crutches? The “NO THANK YOU” just got a little more emphatic.
Jenny, an avid traveler and mother of an 8-month-old was anxiously looking forward to her long-awaited trip to England when she suffered a severe broken ankle that required surgery. Jenny was devastated! Sight seeing in England with her new baby enchanted her, but sightseeing on crutches sounded like a nightmare! She seriously debated cancelling her trip.
Then Jenny discovered iWALK2.0. “A rush order of the iWALK2.0 got it in my hands two days before our flight. A couple of practice runs and we were off.” Walking through the airport carrying her daughter was a great beginning to an unforgettable trip. Jenny was able to meander along cobblestone streets, enjoy the beautiful open parks, and even surmounted countless flights of stairs. “The iWALK2.0 saved the trip!”
iWALK2.0 Lets a Single Mom Maintain her Independence
Any parent will tell you that the first year of a child’s life is a tough one for mom and dad. Late night wake up calls, lots of carrying the kids around, and load of laundry. Doing it on your own, as a single parent, is even more difficult. Sarah is a single mom of a 7-month-old and frustration took on an entirely new meaning when she fell on ice and shattered her ankle. The idea of seven weeks of non-weight bearing would be miserable.
“I realized I couldn’t carry my son with regular crutches or safely take care of him.” Her parents were willing caretakers, bringing that cute kid from one room to the next to be with Sarah. When she was on her own, Sarah resorted to dragging him around in a padded laundry basket. Resourceful? Yes. Ideal? No. Standing with crutches while trying to cook, clean and do laundry was also an issue. Something had to change!
Fed up and beyond frustrated, Sarah searched ‘mom broken leg’ and low and behold, iWALK2.0 appeared. “I was overjoyed when I found out about and received iWALK2.0!” Sarah quickly became comfortable with the hands-free crutch, and was able to care for her son, run errands, and take care of herself. She also loved showing it off to her surgeon, nurses, physical therapist, friends and strangers. “Thank you iWALK for giving me back my freedom!”
Any lower leg injury is debilitating, especially those such as a broken ankle or Achilles tendon rupture, when keeping weight off the affected foot or leg is mandatory for recovery. These injuries are especially taxing on people with active lifestyles, and parents with young children are at the top of that list. Crutches are often the prescribed remedy for non-weight bearing activity, but everyone agrees that they are uncomfortable, cumbersome, and don’t allow use of arms and hands. Knee scooters are one alternative, but they don’t allow use of the arms and hands. Fortunately, the four injured parents above discovered iWALK2.0, the only hands-free crutch device that allows a person to be non-weight bearing while maintaining an active daily lifestyle.