You will find you have a lot of time on your hands. If you have stairs, getting up and down will be an issue. If you have crutches, you will find them scary. Depending on how fit you are, you may want to stick with crutches, but I am a 41-year old woman who could stand to lose those 10 lbs, soon Day 3 I ordered a Weil knee-scooter off Amazon. To me it was a no-brainer: to rent it would cost $120/mo, I knew I would need it for at least 3-4 months. It was cheaper to buy it. Besides, I wanted to get back to work as soon as I could. I considered an iWalk 2.0 but I was too chicken to try it. In retrospect, I think I should have tried it, oh well.
Tips & Tricks:
These things will become very important to you as you move through the first four weeks of healing: a cell phone, a backpack, a water bottle and loose pants with a drawstring and pockets.
Maybe this is my paranoia, but I donít go anywhere in the house without my iPhone. JUST IN CASE another accident happens and I fall again, I want to be able to call 911.
Loose pants with a drawstring and pockets:
No brainer, loose to fit over the splint/cast, pockets to carry the phone and a drawstring to help keep them from falling off as you crawl around up and down the stairs. Walmart sells (or used to) Dansko cotton pants with drawstring and pockets for under $9 each. Theyíre so cheap you can buy a half dozen and not care if you wear holes in the knees.
Painkillers, Senna tablets, Calcium tablets, iPad, Laptop, iPhone, keys, wallet, lip balm, AirCast pump, Kleenex, glasses, journal, & folder to carry medical docs/reciepts/etc
* Donít overload your backpack. You will be wearing it up and down stairs, taking it to work, reaching for it often. Try to keep it as light as possible.
I use a 10-year old Kathmandu daypack I bought Australia. They donít make my model anymore, but it has cushioned straps and back, is water-resistant and reflective, and can carry everything I need.
I recommend at least one on every level you live on. If you can strap one to your backpack, all the better. Drink lots of water instead of pop or alcohol. Not only does water promote healing, youíll find you need water every few hours just to take your meds!
Optional but handy:
Grabber - to pick up things you drop or to get stuff off a high shelf. I have one but found I donít need it if Iím on my knee scooter. It is useful to get hanging clothes out of the closet, though!
Cooler - if your sig other/caretaker has to leave for a while, which you should encourage, you can ask for a cooler put next to you (Bed, couch, etc) filled with water, snacks, ice packs. A well stocked cooler should keep you comfortable for 4-6 hours.
Knee Pads - if you have stairs, these will save your knees. More on that later.
Indoor and outdoor shoes -
Indoor: I found Sketchers slip ons to be very handy for indoor, as the rubbery sole gives a good grip for getting up stairs and maneuvering the knee scooter. Gotta be really careful though, the last thing you want to do is wrench your good knee. I wonder if those tennis shoes dancers wear would workÖ?
For outdoor, if weather permits, I like Sanita clogs (Professional) and lived in them even before the injury. The solid 3/4" platform helps even up my hips when maneuvering the scooter around. When I am able to walk again with the Aircast I plan to get something like http://www.dme-direct.com/evenup-shoe-balancer as I know my knees and hips wonít last forever, but I want them to last as long as I can!