What is DME? DME stands for Durable Medical Equipment. DME is defined as any equipment that provides therapeutic benefits to a patient in need because of certain medical conditions and/or illnesses. DME items include wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, shower stools, lift chairs and knee scooters. As a pharmacy technician for Martin’s I’ve always sold these products to customers who needed them, but I never had to actually use them.

As a thirty something, active adult I didn’t expect to have an injury that would prevent me from walking temporarily. I was told “Non-weight bearing for 6 weeks. No exceptions.” I cried. Then picked myself up and purchased some crutches from our pharmacy. I quickly realized that crutches made it difficult to get around, considering I walk all over the pharmacy and compounding lab every day. There HAD to be an easier way to get around, still be able to work efficiently, and not be limited to things I wanted to do. Dr. Dustin Moore with Legacy Bone and Joint, was awesome in quickly figuring out what was wrong with my ankle, and advised me to look into a “knee scooter” which I had never heard of. I called every Medical Supply store in town that Friday afternoon and they were closed until Monday, so I was out of luck. I ordered a knee scooter through Dripping Springs Pharmacy and I was up and running by that Monday morning. It made life so much easier, and it was kind of fun, like riding a scooter you had as a kid! It worked so well, I put a bell, (Taco Bell), and a basket and a cup holder! It takes two hands to drive!

That weekend I lived on crutches, I had to learn to not put any weight on my injured ankle and realized quickly I was going to need help in the shower. I purchased a shower stool and temporary grab bar and turned my shower into an easily accessible place to get in and out of instead of trying to balance on one foot while showering.. talk about an accident waiting to happen!

I write this personal experience to share how much DME can improve quality of life. Martin’s Wellness Pharmacies carries a wide variety of products to make your life so much easier. Don’t wait for an accident to happen. Come in and let our team guide you through what we can do to make your home more accessible to your injury or illness.