Hi Mel, Have to agree with mrsJ… I don’t think any of us would use that term.
I suppose I used to think that there came a day where you couldn’t walk anymore and from that day forward you used a wheelchair.
But it’s not like that at all. As mobility worsens you start to work out ways to make things easier for yourself. Maybe to walk to the corner shop you use a walking stick but going further afield you need wheels… then a wheelchair would be handy.
Personally I use a mobility scooter for local trips and if I’m going on a hospital appointment or somewhere by car I’ll take the wheelchair.
I think what I don’t like about the term ‘end up in a wheelchair’ (although believe me I have probably used the term in the past!) is that it makes it feel like an awful day, like a ‘passive’ act, like a day comes along when you ‘give in’ and are no longer in control.
But all mobility aids, from walking stick to crutches, to mob scooter, to wheelchair, are a way of us staying IN control. Staying independent. Staying as people who are still part of the world.
So the idea that one day you are mobile and the next you are in a wheelchair just isn’t what happens. Wheelchairs are aids, which along with other mobility aids, are used to get around.
Sorry to hear you are having such a tough time. If standing and walking is painful then a wheelchair might be the answer. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to use it for life or even every day.
Although MS is different for everyone, I don’t think what you describe with your legs sounds typical of MS. I hope they find out what’s going on soon & you get some relief.