Might Not Sound Like A Big Deal…
For the last few weeks, I have been using one stick in the house. Where I feel like there is a lot to grab onto. Going outside, I still used two sticks. I have less confidence on the ground outside than I do the smooth floor in the house.
Walked A Mile On One Stick
This morning, I walked a mile (around the back 40 four times is a mile) on just one stick. I had a stick in one hand and Ziva on her leash in the other.
The ground was uneven, muddy actually. I tried to just walk slowly and transition from looking at the ground right in front of me. To look a little way ahead of me. This is extra important to me with my vision problem of lacking depth perception. At least my peripheral vision is good again!
A Little Tired, A Little Crooked
As I started to get tired while I was walking. I realized I would start to lean over and onto the cane too much. This made my gait awkward and kinda made my hip ache.
I decided that I would try switching the cane from one hand to the other. It instantly helped straighten my posture up. Well, until that side got tired. But I was able to switch the stick back and forth. That I figured out how to correct my gait and posture when I could feel my self getting crooked.
So, my next goal is that I carry the stick lightly. Then, only press down on it and put my weight on it when I feel like I need to. For example when the ground is rough or I lose my balance. Hopefully, this will be the step that finally gets me walking on my own.
I do realize that in order to succeed at using the canes properly, as well as finally walking unassisted. I have to improve my endurance and strength. So I have continued to do my workouts, PT stuff, and yoga. With all of those things, I continue to improve.