I have ms (EDSS scale 6.0 (Require a walking aid - cane, crutch, etc - to walk about 100m with or without resting) to 6.5 (Require two walking aids - pair of canes, crutches, etc - to walk about 20m without resting)).
I am planning a trekking holiday(!!I) in the Himalayas shortly after Xmas. I have worked out work-arounds for most of the problems I am likely to face but there is one problem I just cannot see how to overcome. This is the problem of the traditional Asian ‘squat-style’ toilets, and more specifically the ‘long drop’ toilets on the trekking routes. For those who have never known the delights of the ‘long drop’, these are basically a large, deep hole with just a few planks of wood placed over them to provide ‘access’.
My legs are too weak to either remain in a squatting position for more than a few seconds, or to get back on to my feet once I have achieved the squat position.
Please can anyone give me some hints and suggestions on how best to cope with the squat toilet?
NB Yes yes yes, I know this is an absolutely crazy idea but I want to at least try. If a double amputee ( Mark Inglis - Wikipedia) can climb Mt Everest, I can at least attempt a trek in the Himalayas.
Briefly I trekked the 160 mile(?) Annapurna Circuit 35 years ago and wish to repeat as much of it again as I can. In recent years a road/gravel track for vehicles has been made along much of the route I trekked in 1983. From a walker’s perspective, this has undoubtedly spoiled the trek, but from my own perspective it means that I should be able to walk as far as I can each day before flagging down a bus/lorry/truck/car to take me to the next village. Next day - same again. If anyone has any experience of undertaking this type of idiocy with MS, I’d sure appreciate hearing from you too.
Many thanks in anticipation.