Garmin Does Us, The Temporarily Disabled, A Great Disservice.
The week between the injury and the surgery, when I was wearing just a full-leg knee immobilizer I was quite mobile, didn’t use crutches — just a stick — and managed to even get in 5,000 steps — some of it in snow. Going up and down stairs was not an issue. Though I was not close to averaging my pre-injury 52-floors a day, I was still up and down the stairs a fair number of times. I live in a 4-story house with 3 staircases and I need to get around all 4 floors since our big TV is on the 1st floor and my work PC (for doing these posts and writing books) is on the 4th floor.
My Fenix 5 Plus was fine recording my steps and floors because I was still doing them the normal way — albeit using a walking stick.
Things changed DRAMATICALLY post-surgery. No weight-bearing on the left-leg. Have to use crutches.
My Fenix 5 Plus does not measure my steps when using crutches! Why. Because I am not moving my arms about that much. Maybe there is a crutch-use setting but I am not aware of it. My first time being disabled — ever.
I have to go up and down the stairs on my BUM — using my arms. That is HARD. I had stopped doing pushups 12-years ago, and at 65 other than my running, climbing floors, shoveling snow and hiking I don’t do much. Upper body strength is not what it used to be. Climbing stairs using my arms is exhausting.
And now hear is the kicker. My Fenix 5 Plus is NOT counting the damn floors I climb — so laboriously. That is not fair. I climb, with help, 6 or 8 floors a day and go down as many, if not more. I climbed one floor to write this. Fenix 5 Plus says ‘0’. That is stupid. Expended more energy climbing that floor than I normally do bounding up 5.
The steps I understand.
The floors I don’t. I thought Garmin told us that floors climbed was calculated using the barometric altimeter. I think my altimeter isn’t busted. So, what gives.
Honestly, the least of my problems right now. Heart rate is working and thanks to my Fenix 5 Plus I know that I am still alive and that my heart rate, even with the surgery, is in the 60 range. So, that is good.
I will keep you posted. Hoped to be more active in about a month.