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another cane update

I've gone out and about several times today: to get muffins, to the library, to get lunch, to the ladies' room... I'm noticing that maneuvering is becoming a bit easier the more I do it. In that respect, there is something to be said for the idea that cane travel is something that becomes more graceful with practice. However, there are always going to be certain limitations (like the issue of carrying things and opening doors). I feel like I need an extra hand to change my cane to when I open doors. I'm very acutely aware of my tendency to veer, especially if I am carrying something that changes my equilibrium. My veering tendency seems more pronounced than it once was, and I wonder how much of this has to do with vision loss. Lukas Franck commented to me once when I was at the Seeing Eye that I had a lot of vision to work with when I went to training with Elli. I never really acknowledge this very well--I was used to saying that I had "light perception." But I suspect that he was right, especially considering the fact that I still use my vision, which is far less usable now, and I veer so badly.

I'm getting used to being seen with the cane. I even made a joke about it to another student today. Well, come to think of it, I made a few jokes about it. A couple of people have said that I look better emotionally. That's encouraging.


Sarah Blake LaRose
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