birding on crutches

To: Geoff Price <>
Subject: birding on crutches
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2011 11:55:50 +0930
Thanks very much for the hint and the good wishes.

I've armpit crutches at the moment and am becoming quite adept at using
them.  But it seems pretty obvious that I'll need something else, and was
considering a knee crutch - ever heard of them?

Recently Wildlife Tourism Australia published an article on disabled tourism
by Bo Beolens.  Would you mind if I added your most helpful comments?  I can
leave your name off if you wish.  And this goes for others who've replied.
There are many disabled birders out there who would benefit.

on 17/4/11 11:22 AM, Geoff Price at  wrote:

> Most certainly have Denise. I've had several operations on my knee over
> the last 4 years, and whilst I'm not the world's most dedicated birder
> and tend to watch more cricket than birdwatching, I've done a bit of
> birding on crutches. Luckily I could use the ones that go to the
> forearm, rather than up to the armpit - that would be difficult. I found
> if I wanted to use my bins, I pushed my arms further down the crutches,
> so they were up to my upper arms and didn't fall off, then learned how
> to use the bins with two steel poles sticking out at 45 degrees. It was
> inconvenient and probably looked ridiculous, but hey you get used to it.
> People tend to stay from you as well, especially if collateral damage
> from your crutches cause them to require crutches, or other injury aids.
> If you need the crutches simply to stand (I only need mine to walk) it
> would be more difficult, you may need a small pair of bins you can use
> with one hand. Would be interested to hear any others take on this, it's
> a darned frustrating thing to put up with!
> Hope the metatarsal heals quickly,
> Geoff
> On 17/04/2011 3:28 AM, Denise Goodfellow wrote:
>> Hi Birding Aussers
>> I¹ve fractured my fifth metatarsal and am going to be on  crutches for a
>> while.  Has anyone out there tried birding on crutches?


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