Just an observation - I am struck by how helpful people are now that I am using a wheelchair - I work for Aberdeen University in the Medical School, and the students (who usually can't see past the end of their own noses) have been so helpful since I've been using the w/c - they open doors for me, and offer to give me a push when I'm outside. On Friday and today, somebody (not students) saw me struggling to get the wheelchair into my car and came and did it for me - I can usually do it by myself, but I find it difficult, especially when I'm tired.
This is a big difference in attitude from when I am walking with one or two sticks - with the sticks, there are not so many doors opened for me, and not so many people who stop to ask if I'm ok (sometimes, I'm obviously struggling with the walking, hence the w/c).
Staff (who are mostly health professionals) are also more helpful to me when I'm using the chair rather than the sticks.
I just thought I'd share my observations - I'm finding the whole thing a bit strange, but in a nice way.