First mobility lesson

So I had my first mobility lesson this afternoon. It was good. But it was hard! I am so out of practice at using the cane. I made a ton of mistakes. I think it is going to take me a while to get up to speed again. Today we went to a store near where I live, a convenience store. Its only about a 5 minute walk from my house. But boy do you have to concentrate on what your doing. It literally took all of my energy and focus to get there. You cant take your focus off of the task at hand for one second. Also its quite scary for me to be out on a street, with traffic all around me. I am just so not used to it. I mean you’d think after working a guide dog for all these years I’d be so used to it. But using a cane is a whole different ball game entirely. With a dog, the dog will guide you around objects, so you dont even know they are there. With the cane, you literally have to guide yourself. Plus my arm kept getting sore. By the time I was finished it was killing me. The motion of sweeping the cane from left to right made my arm cramp up. Again, I am not used to having to do it for a long period of time. The instructor was lovely though. I thought she was a good teacher. She said I did really well for my first lesson. Getting the feedback from her was nice. We were out for over an hour. When I got home I napped for a little while. We’ll have another lesson next week. I’ll be working for a while on this particular route I think. Even she said its not as straight forward as she first thought. She said some parts of it are tricky. I agree with her on that. There are two road crossings and one of them is very busy. But I think in time I should be successfully able to manage to go to the store alone. Thats my goal anyway.

Author: Carol anne

I am a woman in my mid 30's. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

4 thoughts on “First mobility lesson”

  1. Sorry if I missed where you talked about switching to the cane from the guide dog. I thought Nitro was okay. I guess I assumed he was your guide dog. I’m glad your class went better Bethany expected and you liked your instructor.

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    1. Oh he is okay, it’s just that he’s retiring soon so he won’t be working any longer. So that is why I am using the cane now, because I am not getting another dog for the time being I want to keep him as a pet when he retires 😙🌸🌸


  2. Getting around with a long cane especially on new routes really requires loads of concentration, I generally have long attention span but it often drained me anyway when I was using long cane more often on my own and having mobility training. I’m glad you did well though, despite it being difficult. 🙂 I’m sure you will keep getting better at it with practice. 🙂

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