Adapting to Life with Ataxia
As my Ataxia symptoms began to ramp up, I gradually added more and more things to help me cope.
Until you lose your balance, you don't realize how important it is. I marvel when children or adults bound up or down steps without even holding the rail. Wow! I used to be able to do that. And, I used to be able to take yoga and improve my balance with practice. I could do the 'hardest' balance poses with ease.
Giving up Activities
My first step to adapt was to give up activities .. many once cherished.
I fell off a ladder so I stopped going up on steps.
I had to use a railing to go up and down steps.
My snow skiing kept deteriorating. At first, I blamed it on various things. When I finally realized that it was my balance, I gave it up.
I used to love tennis but after a fall on the court, I had to quit.
For a while, I was able to hike with a hiking stick, but it quickly got to where I could not handle any incline or decline.
I gave up on bicycling after a fall. I bought an adult tricycle which did allow me to ride, but I fell on the trike, and I wish I had gotten a recumbent instead. I was concerned about getting in and out of a recumbent, and that would have been hard. But, I would have felt more secure once in the seat.
I used to be able to walk with friends using two walking sticks. Now, I am too slow to keep up with able-bodied friends.
After spilling coffee after painstaking preparation, I purchased silicone lids to help me carry drinks without spilling.
To be continued ...