View Full Version : Trying to get up the courage to try using an escalator

08-08-2012, 11:34 PM
I'm now over 6 months post-op, and have recently been strongly encouraged by my husband to start using escalators once again. I still hobble quite a bit without a cane, so I still use it when I'm outside of my own house. While I don't really expect to fall or lose my balance using an escalator (no falls yet so far post-op..., though balance has been an issue in the shower a few times), I'm not quite brave enough to start using them once again -- especially within a busy mall with lots of people both ahead of me and behind me.

Have others that still use canes returned to using escalators post-op? If so, did you have any problems when doing so?

-- Thanks,
[who lost her job on July 25th when the company ceased all business operations and laid everybody off....]

08-09-2012, 09:35 AM
Hi Mary,

You just reminded me of my first postop step onto an escalator. It was completely NOT planned as my daughter and I were at the mall and on a mission to get to Gap in search of jeans long enough for me. We walked out of Macy's, headed for the escalator because Gap was on level 2, I took my first step onto the escalator and said, "Oh... this is weird." My daughter looked at me and smiled saying, "This is your first time on an escalator since the surgery!" I suddenly started laughing because I had the vision of the movie Elf where Will Ferrell tries to leave one leg at the base of an escalator while his other leg is moving up the escalator resulting in a hilarious scene of him doing the splits. I said to Lizzie, "At least I'm not having an Elf moment!"


Have someone join you on your first few times.


08-09-2012, 02:04 PM
Hi Mary,

I don't have an advice about an escalator use, but wanted to say sorry about your job loss. On the bright side, you don't have to worry about getting back to your old job and can take more time to recuperate.

08-09-2012, 10:59 PM

Escalators were never an issue with me postlop... even with a walker. Maybe it's because I've mostly lived and worked in relatively large cities where escalators are everywhere.


08-10-2012, 11:53 PM
I found your post interesting as I am about 11 weeks post-op and was at the store not too long ago and saw the escalator. I looked around to ask someone where the elevator was as I was afraid to get on the escalator for fear of getting tripped up and I don't use a cane or a walker and I was afraid. My adult daughter was even with me and I still didn't want to get on it. All in due time....