When drs gatekeep mobility aids because they don't want a person to "lose function", and w/o a mobility aid that person cannot participate in activities they find meaningful, we need to be clear that drs aren't actually "preserving function" but rather compulsory able-bodiedness.
They're always like, "if you use a wheelchair you'll lose function and end up using a wheelchair." Okaaay?
It's not like my choices were keep running marathons or use a wheelchair... Truly the failure of doctors to comprehend the lives of their patients is just staggering sometimes.
The stories folks are telling make me so frustrated with their doctors! My GP was supportive and trusted me but after I started using my wheelchair several of my specialists sent her messages asking why she was "allowing" it. They've since come around but wtf?!