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Rethinking the ReWalk

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by Treadmarkz

I have been giving it a lot of thought, and though the ReWalk is still in its developmental stage as far as I am concerned, it does press me to consider what would be the one thing that would make me really, really wish that I could walk.

As my wife and I were driving through the countryside on our way home from my parents’ house today, I think I hit on the answer. The only reason I would ever really want to walk would be to be able to walk with my wife through the hills around my home town in the fall. The colors of course are beautiful (in fact sometimes the combination of colors can feel like something unearthly) and the hills are filled with endless mystery that is uncovered for the most part when the leaves begin to fall. But you can never quite uncover the mysteries of life unless you get right up close and personal with the things around you.

There is so much natural history I am missing. I know there is a ton of man-made history that I am missing out on by not being able to get into historic sites, but I’ve commented on that before.

Well, we can’t just make God, or the gods if you please, answerable to the Americans with Disabilities Act and all of a sudden have the hills, mountains, streams and valleys accessible to people in wheelchairs, now, can we? As I think that the point of this posting is to tell people with disabilities not to let any part of life pass you by because of your disability, for now, I may have to look into some off-road wheelchair options.

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ReWalk Changing Outlook for Paraplegics, and Possibly Giving Mr. Treadmarkz an Attitude Adjustment…

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by Treadmarkz

Here is a story about the next big thing in technology for paraplegics who dream of one day walking. It is called the ReWalk, a robotic system worn on the legs allowing a paraplegic to stand upright and “walk”. The only thing about it that concerns me, and in fact turns me off, is the “humming”. It seems to me that this would make me feel more like RoboCop than a human being. It seems to me that I feel much more like a human being just being in a wheelchair.

Don’t get me wrong, I am glad that science is at least headed in the right direction on this one. Or that they are headed in any direction, for that matter. There will come a day…

But I still say I wouldn’t be interested. Even less interested than if someone came to me and offered a magical cure that would allow me to walk completely unaided. I say now that I would not be interested in such a miracle cure, but somewhere deep inside me, after seeing this invention, I am starting to doubt how steadfast I would be in that, if you want to know the honest truth.

Keep working on it, ladies and gentlemen. I salute you for your effort.