A search term on my blog is frequently “up with the good, down with the bad.”  I wrote a post entitled that same thing over 2 years ago when I thought I knew something.  Now what I know is very, very, very different from what I thought I knew then.  My boyfriend sent me this link about the scariest stairs in the world and said we should visit all these places.  My response:  HELL NO!  I will never know what it’s like to climb to the top of The Statue of Liberty, or climb the Cape Horn stairs in Chile, or the Inca Stairs in Peru, or the Mount Huashan Heavenly Stairs in China.  Ah well, such is life.  I probably wasn’t gonna do any of that stuff before I had a stroke anyway.  If I climbed any of those staircases, provided I didn’t fall to my death – which is probably what would happen, this is how I would do it.

Up with the good, down with the bad means that you should lead with your “good” leg to lift you up a step, then do the opposite on the way back down and lead with the “bad” leg going down steps.  The reason for this is that the raising and lowering of your body up and down the steps you want to be done with the muscle control of the “good” leg. Using the “up with the good, down with the bad” technique is how to accomplish this.  Climbing stairs like this means that you will be climbing stairs with both feet landing on the same step each stair you climb.

I no longer do this.  I can now negotiate up and down stairs reciprocally, meaning one leg after the other, one foot on each step. Normally.  As long as there is a handrail at the proper height and on the proper side, I think I might even look normal negotiating stairs.  Carrying stuff up and down stairs is a whole different ballpark.

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Categories: Recovery, Rehab, Stroke stuff

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8 replies

  1. My going up the stairs is not a problem. Coming down with confidence is. But I’ll get there with time.

  2. OMG-Carrying things while going up and down stairs. Very difficult!

  3. This was a HUGE part of my rehab, as I had to be able to carry a squirmy 30 lb almost 2 year old up n down the stairs. Turned out to be easier to teach him how to navigate the stairs (crawl up/slide on his rear down.) But I still had to “shadow him”…scary thought….we’d both tumble down. We all survived somehow and now I feel pretty good about carrying our next baby up n down although I try to minimize the amount of up/down daily.

  4. What if I have knee/patella replacement surgery? Which one is my “bad” and which my “good”?

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