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I know there have been numerous threads regarding motorized scooters and wheel chairs, haven't seen anything about knee scooters. After two arthroscopic hip surgeries, the doctor just delivered the inevitable news I will need a hip replacement. He suggested a knee scooter as opposed to crutches. Since the cruise is only a month away, surgery can't be scheduled until afterwards. Does anyone have any experience with this on a cruise? Any pointers?

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My aunt used one once. No problem. Just be mindful of any thresholds so you don't tumble over head first.
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I've seen lots of folks with one on my cruises. I've never used one myself. I hope you will be careful and practice using it before your cruise.


Hope you feel better soon.
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Originally posted by bethshebas
I've seen lots of folks with one on my cruises. I've never used one myself. I hope you will be careful and practice using it before your cruise.


Hope you feel better soon.
I'm sure there will be a learning curve. It will be delivered Friday. I'll have a few weeks to practice.

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Originally posted by Butterbean1000
I know there have been numerous threads regarding motorized scooters and wheel chairs, haven't seen anything about knee scooters. After two arthroscopic hip surgeries, the doctor just delivered the inevitable news I will need a hip replacement. He suggested a knee scooter as opposed to crutches. Since the cruise is only a month away, surgery can't be scheduled until afterwards. Does anyone have any experience with this on a cruise? Any pointers?

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I have seen all different styles of scooters, so no issues there. Having used one in the past, start using it now. Easier to learn how to use an move with it in familiar areas as opposed to unfamiliar.

You, as you have seen in the past I am sure, will need to be prepared for those that will not show you any respect. While you will be careful with the scooter, others may not be.


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Make sure you've got a basket on it
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Originally posted by WiCruiseDreamer
I have seen all different styles of scooters, so no issues there. Having used one in the past, start using it now. Easier to learn how to use an move with it in familiar areas as opposed to unfamiliar.

You, as you have seen in the past I am sure, will need to be prepared for those that will not show you any respect. While you will be careful with the scooter, others may not be.


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#8
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As someone who has used one, I recommend that you get one with the front tires that are not solid rubber. If you have knobby, air filled tires, it is easier to go over obstacles. I have used mine with the solid rubber tires and hit the gaps in sidewalks and have the handle jerked out of my hands. Rocks are bad too. They are wonderful to have but I learned quickly.
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#9
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I used a knee scooter on a cruise after a serious sports injury. The scooter is so much quicker and more convenient than crutches!! I parked mine in the hall outside my door, but I was the first balcony cabin in the (forward) spa area, so it was a dead end and the scooter wasn't in anyone's way.

You can also request a shower seat - they had one waiting for me in our bathroom and it was very useful.

Yes, it's a little embarrassing whipping around on 3 wheels on the ship, and you may receive some stares, but hey, roll with it... it IS kinda funny! I hope you enjoy your cruise - what an excellent place to recover!

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My wife had one for a few weeks. Two hints

1. You stated you wanted to be inconspicuous, DON'T BE, you want people to see you and avoid hitting into you----the best attachments she had were the basket (you can carry many things around) and a bicycle bell to warn people to move.
2. Purchase some lambswool or similar cushions. After a while your knee will get sensitive to the unaccustomed pressure.

You'll find that most cruisers are polite and concerned for your welfare-----have a great cruise!
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Originally posted by chocolate melting cake
My wife had one for a few weeks. Two hints

1. You stated you wanted to be inconspicuous, DON'T BE, you want people to see you and avoid hitting into you----the best attachments she had were the basket (you can carry many things around) and a bicycle bell to warn people to move.
2. Purchase some lambswool or similar cushions. After a while your knee will get sensitive to the unaccustomed pressure.

You'll find that most cruisers are polite and concerned for your welfare-----have a great cruise!
It will have a basket and I ordered a lambskin cover for it. I just can't do the bell thing, I'll just let my husband run interference.
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#12
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Originally posted by CdnSunshine

Yes, it's a little embarrassing whipping around on 3 wheels on the ship, and you may receive some stares, but hey, roll with it... it IS kinda funny! I hope you enjoy your cruise - what an excellent place to recover!

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I wish I could recover on a cruise ship. Surgery is scheduled for after the the cruise.
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#13
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I loved my knee scooter vs a walker or crutches. The basket will be great was once you are “driving” the gizmo u need two hands and realize you can’t jam everything into your pockets, e.g yummy drinks.
I did find that little kids loved coming up to me to check the scooter out and for some reason they liked to walk beside me while scooted! Enjoy your cruise.
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Originally posted by Butterbean1000
My goal is to stay as inconspicuous as possible and strive to stay out of everyone's way. It's embarrassing enough.

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Why is it embarrassing? The only thing I would be concerned about is someone running into me. If it was my scooter I would probably decorate it, have fun, and be glad I was on a cruise.
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Originally posted by Butterbean1000
I know there have been numerous threads regarding motorized scooters and wheel chairs, haven't seen anything about knee scooters. After two arthroscopic hip surgeries, the doctor just delivered the inevitable news I will need a hip replacement. He suggested a knee scooter as opposed to crutches. Since the cruise is only a month away, surgery can't be scheduled until afterwards. Does anyone have any experience with this on a cruise? Any pointers?

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Originally posted by mek
Why is it embarrassing? The only thing I would be concerned about is someone running into me. If it was my scooter I would probably decorate it, have fun, and be glad I was on a cruise.
I'm thrilled to be going on a cruise. We canceled two last year because of my two surgeries. I intend to have a great time. It's just embarrassing to me because I know it will draw attention and I'm not comfortable with that. I even hate using those motorized scooters in the grocery stores.

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#17
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Originally posted by Butterbean1000
I'm thrilled to be going on a cruise. We canceled two last year because of my two surgeries. I intend to have a great time. It's just embarrassing to me because I know it will draw attention and I'm not comfortable with that. I even hate using those motorized scooters in the grocery stores.

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I hope you have a nice cruise.
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Look for a cup holder. DD preferred it to a basket.


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#19
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Originally posted by Butterbean1000
I'm thrilled to be going on a cruise. We canceled two last year because of my two surgeries. I intend to have a great time. It's just embarrassing to me because I know it will draw attention and I'm not comfortable with that. I even hate using those motorized scooters in the grocery stores.

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You will not draw that much attention. Those that have scooters that draw attention are those that feel they have priority. There are those, both with scooters and those without, that do not know how to wait for people to leave elevators before trying to get in.

I have a scar from a mother and daughter team that had the rolling walkers with seats. They very seldom were alone, and always PUSHED their way to the front. I have always allowed those with physical challenges to have priority but after stepping aside for these ladies and their lack of consideration and moving side by side. My leg and my sense of preservation allows me to be less concerned. Show me respect and it is given in return.

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Hello wife broke foot in 3 places 4 days before cruise , Doctor said no surgery was needed. That it would take 6 to 8 months to heal. Wife said she still wanted to go they gave her black surgery boot and knee scooter , off we went we have been on 16 cruises , more people spoke to us this cruise than all other cruises , I bet its because she added bling to her surgery boot , no one will stare they just will comment on what happen , most of the people on cruises are adults and act as such , but hey you will meet jerks no matter where you . Go and enjoy, the ship crew will go out of there way to make you fell comfortable.