I had a patient today who brought his own crutches with him to the hospital. They're metal. But they were slightly too short for him, so I adjusted them.
Being as they are metal, they are designed slightly differently from the wooden ones we make here. And being that I'm the only OT in the world who is a motor-moron (hey, those who can do, those who can't teach, right?!?!) I had a few fumbles with the nuts and bolts.
The first one wasn't too messy . . . but the second one . . . well, that's another story.
I started with the screws at the legs . . . but as I was changing the height on the adjustable leg, the hand-bar in the middle fell out. As I started to bend to pick it up, the first screw fell to the ground. Remembering the laws of gravity I quickly turned the crutch so that the second screw would stay in place. Which of course meant that the adjustable leg would succumb to the laws of physics and drop.
So much for having a whole crutch.