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Posted by Bruce on October 23, 2000 at 21:34:42:

In Reply to: Re: posted by Lory on October 22, 2000 at 10:29:01:

: : Because their seemed to be some interest in this walker, I thought I would report my experience using it. It took about one month to receive it and the one I have has a brake on each handle which I have to squeeze in order to use it. I am not certain, but they might customize it for your needs, because I did ask for the brakes. Overall, it performs like the company described, but their is one serious defect in the walker. When I attempted to adjust the height, I couldn't do it. So I thought it was just me and the pd causing the problem and I loaded it up and visited my neighbor to help me. It took two husky men who are good at fixing things, about 45 minutes to adjust it and they had a hard time getting it done. If you can get past that problem, it works very well and takes less effort then the old lift and walk type. It was designed to be used on a smooth surface, like in the house or on a paved surface. I tried walking with it on the lawn and it still performed fairly well. The wheels are adjustable to change the speed. It has a small basket and a padded seat to rest, In spite of the one problem, I don't regret buying it. Medicare does pay for most of the cost. Bruce
: Bruce, can't thank you enough for your review of the "U-Step" walker. I gave handouts at our PD support group and reported on your report. It also stimulated a group discussion of "freedom" a walker gives, versus the stigma that you are "handicapped" in some way. It was very interesting. Thank you -Lory

Lory, that was very interesting what you reported. I feel like if it wasn't for my achy knee joint I could do some serious walking. I took the walker out to the road and walked some more, but I paid for it later, because the walking aggravated my knee. It does extend your range because I can walk upright anf walk much faster, but the knee pain keeps me from walking very far. One other problem is unless you have a pickup or a full sized car, it is hard to get it in yor car. I have a Ford Escort, I did get the walker into the back seat, but it wasn't easy. Bruce

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