July 31, 2015

Canes Do More Than Help You Walk

1) Socializing. You know how people start talking to a dog and then realize they should talk to the human holding the leash?  Strangers also talk to stroke survivors who have pretty canes.  I have stopped counting the number of times strangers have said to me "That's a pretty cane."  This gives me a chance to smile and say "Thank you, I like it too."  Little girls cannot keep their eyes off my cane with purple flowers as I walk past.  Their too young to realize it is an ambulatory device instead of a toy or a fashion accessory.

2) Transporting. It is hard to transport small objects when my sound hand is busy handling the cane.  At first I put objects in a small paper gift bag.  I held my cane and the bag's string handles in my sound hand.  The bag would swing and repeatedly hit my cane so I did not feel safe when I was walking.  Paper gift bags also fall apart with repeated use.
I found an attractive small nylon bag at Barnes and Nobles bookstore.  To keep it from swinging I attached self-stick Velcro to my cane and the bag (see the white line in the photo).  The Velcro on the bag eventually comes lose so I use a stapler to attach it more firmly.

4 comments:

  1. On those days when my balance is off and I'm afraid to walk around the house without assistance, I use a walker that has a seat and a basket when I want to carry something. The walker comes in handy for those big trips at the store too because I do have a place to sit and rest.

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  2. Sometimes I think my canes is too girly for me, but my little girl says, "but *I* love your cane!"

    I probably don't need a cane a lot, I've found that it's a good visual cue for other people. If I'm slow, my speech is funny, etc., they don't rush me because they see the cane.

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  3. My 21 year old daughter bought me my pretty paisley cane saying just cause I use a cane was no reason not to be fashionable! lol

    I use the cane mainly outside the house. My big issue is my balance and I am relying very heavily on visual cues to keep track of which direction up is. I still need the walker if it is dark or odd lighting conditions or I get too tried.

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  4. I keep every ambulatory aide I buy so I can deal with different situations like the ones you mentioned.

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