You have probably heard of the expression “all walks of life”; well, I have different walking “styles” – none of which are intentional. I would like to tell you that I have a different walking style for different occasions, but they seem to come randomly. My strange walking styles are as follows:
The Drunk Walk: With this walk I may clumsily bump into walls or other people, I may sway or seem to stagger as if I just pulled an “all nighter” having one to many stiff drinks. This one is more “impressive” when I happen to have slurred speech along with it. It is totally as if I had a good buzz going on, just minus the good feelings of a buzz (and no hangover the next morning).
The Limp: With the limp, people around often ask me if I am in pain, or they ponder what I did to injure myself. I look as though I had hurt a leg or a foot. Most often there is no pain, but sometimes with some good cramps or tightness there may be some pain.
The Foot Drag Sweep: This is a bizarre walk where one foot decides to rub against the ground and not fully lift off the ground. It may be an effective walk to have and use in my Judo class if it was packaged with a bonus of good balance, but unfortunately it isn’t.
The Walking Statue: In this one, I have trouble rising from a seated position and once walking, my legs are straight and everything looks as if I were made of concrete or perhaps a robot. It becomes a chore to move across the room.
The Glue Feet: With this walk, I feel as though either one or both of my feet are glued to the floor or as if I have either gum on the bottom of my feet or have weights attached to my ankles. I must lift my legs up into the air to break the magnetic-like force. It is like I have arrived on a planet with heavy gravity.
The Shuffle Short Step: This walk usually occurs in the morning or when my medicine is at a peek low. I walk like a much older person – with short, shuffling steps. During this walk, I have a tendency to lean forward for balance. I must look much older than my age when I use my walking stick (remember, I don’t like to call it a cane) when I am having this walk.
In summary, my Parkinson’s Disease has me often walking in strange ways! Keep on!