“Made of Win”

Stupid Human Trick # 6,517: spraining my right ankle while walking on flat pavement into my rheumatologists’s office. Actually, my ankle rolled over sideways and I tried to step onto the dorsal (upper) side of my foot. The good news is that I got it iced immediately. I sat there on the bench seat by the doctor’s desk, one foot on the ground, and the other leg folded sideways with my foot on the bench by my hip. “You really are hypermobile, aren’t you?” she asked.

“Yeah,” I sighed, “hence the sprained ankle and shoulder subluxations and tennis elbow…”

She gave me an extra prescription pad sheet with a list of things to do, including one that said to use a cane. Since I was just about to go on a trip, that sounded like a good precaution. While getting some medication, I bought a new elastic bandage, an ankle wrap, and a cane.

Not just any cane, one with a built-in small compass (cheap, but it works), an equally cheap magnifying site (but I did use it to read a sign I couldn’t decipher otherwise), a wrist strap (an excellent feature, so I don’t leave it somewhere), and best of all, it folds up! This is truly “made of win”, as the kids would say.

The eldest was so impressed that I have been instructed to buy another should they be restocked. I also packed my weight-lifting gloves, as they allow for a better grip on luggage, and even give me a little sun protection:

The cane proved to be quite useful at times, when my ankle got tired from all the walking. I really like the ability to fold it up and tuck it into my briefcase. The foot is doing better, and is getting past the technicolor bruise stage.

On this trip, I realised something else, a crip fashion tip: Don’t wear clothes the same color as your bruises. Ugh!


  1. 18 January 2010 at 4:33

    […] damn awkward if you’re traveling, especially on airplanes. That’s why I got a folding cane. I can just stretch the ends a bit and pop it out of joint, and fold it up to store in my carry-on […]

  2. 2 March 2009 at 2:03

    […] ask my rheumy about the hypermobility, and she’s not gone beyond that, even when I managed to sprain my ankle merely walking across the flat sidewalk into her office.  (Although she is otherwise thorough with x-rays to check for bone density & arthritis and […]

  3. 28 September 2008 at 14:27

    […] more, yet being even more tired when I am awake. The bad news is that once again, I managed to sprain my other ankle this week, and was gimpy and then limpy during the week. While a cane is useful for pointing at […]

  4. wheelchairdancer said,

    28 May 2008 at 23:12

    feel better soon! ANd thanks for the fashion tip. Giggle.


  5. Greg said,

    28 May 2008 at 10:56

    I hope you feel better soon!

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