Hi, if irst time on here, my boyfriend was been diagnosed with ppms last Oct.We his deoendant ve been
together for nearly 3 years when he was diagnosed at 53. He has always been a keen walker
and cyclist , gardener and a manual worker, joiner, van driver etc, Since diagnosis
symptoms include drop foot, fatigue, balance issues.He now walks with a stick to prevent
falls , has now got an orthotic brace on his leg to help the dropped foot.As a manual lone worker, handyman for
housing assoc working full time until Feb this year, never having had a day off , as soon as he was diagnosed he informed them, he was assessed by their occup health consultants and told he was unable to drive any commercial vehicle(he drives a large van daily as part of his job and to and from work. Dvla have said he can drive , but not large vans…,so unable to work alone , unable to carry tools/equipment etc.Unable to climb stairs - in effect unable to do any type of manual , joinery etc , after 27 years - rather a blow, No office based job suitable , due to his fatigue, mobility problems available. So hes now waiting to
see whether early, ill health retirement could be only outcome.
He is coping quite well,hes accepted the diagnosis, he has bought an automatic car (to make it easier for himself), got an indoor cycle to try to maintain what fitness he has and hes taken up doing pilates daily at home, to
improve core strength.He says it is what it is, hes doing what the specialists say , hes teying to keep
mobile.Can push a trolley, but struggles to walk between car and trolley park, Is dependant on
stick to prevent falls, cannot and wont attempt to even walk round the block, which upsets me and
him as we were both keen walkers, now I have to go for a walk on my own
Ive seen advertised a Trionic Veloped , outdoor walker, which I think could be a godsend
for him to maintain mobility and mentally would be great fot him to get about with, hes not wanting a “granny walker”,
no offence , but hes 53 and its been hard for him to accept the stick and blue badge etc. Not ready for wheelchair, or madge mobile as he calls them quite yet, but increasingly finding it difficult even on short trips out.,
DOES ANYONE OUT THERE USE A TRIONIC VELOPED?, any reviews or advice on them would
be appreciated,hes sceptical re the cost £600 approx , with his work prospects uncertain etc and currently off longterm sick , and only assessed as minimum PIP mobility level, he doesnt know if it would be helpful, or practical with his fatigue symptoms etc.
I think it could be something to enable him to maintain his fitness and get him out and about as at the moment he is unable to get about .
Thanks and apologies for the length of this post… I just want to help him.
Sorry for such a long