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Cane?

Hi I was wondering about a cane i have RP and i think less then 20% i am getting tough when school starts and i might get one then can some one tell me how much it helps and pluse i run in to everthing so i doint no...

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Hi, wellmy opinion of canes is less then good, but i'll try 2 b objective. depending on how much vission u have and how well u know ur school u may or may not need a cane. i'm totally blind but i know my highschool so well that i didn't use the cane the entirity of last year. however, my mother bribed me w/ a nose piercing 2 use my cane sophmore year so i did do that. i would have someone teach u ur school if u dont know it, and if u really dont want 2 uie ur cane talk 2 the principal about leaving from each class 5 minutes early so u can get where u need 2 go b4 the crazy hallway rush.
Alana


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I don't feel comfortable walking around school unless I have my cane.


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u should use whatever method makes u most confertable, i choose not 2 use 1, but if ur worried about walking into peple then try it, remember if u dont like it u dont have 2 use it all of time.


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thanks guys and girls lol i do get to go out 5 min early i like that sometimes i also want a cane so that people know i have a problem and that thay wont be so crazzy around me and thank you so much

Randal


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Well, when I use my cane, people watch out for me. The only bad thing about canes is that if you have to fold it up at school every class, they break quite often. I have spare ones so if mine breaks I always have one. Last year at camp, mine bhoke and I had to go the whole time without it was scary. I always run in to things.


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Randal,

Hope you are well! I love my cane, I also have RP, I think there are some subjects from like a year ago about canes. I use a cane. I can remember when I decided to use it, it was a hard decision, but I have never looked back since.

I used to walk into things and stress when traveling around independently. My shins took a beating prior to using the cane. I used to walk into a fire hydrant at night or a post during the day (wasn't in my field of vision). The cane has been a tool that made me a much more confident individual. I travel around the whole country on my own and using my cane.

I can say that it was a tough transition. I thought it was more about other people seeing it, but it really was more about me accepting it. I started using it at night and in buildings. I decided after a two close calls to start using it all of the time.

If you have any questions, please post and I will responds. I am a trained O & M instructor as well. I taught O & M for a while.

Have a great day!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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Thanks joe very much i would only use it in the store becuse there is a LOT of suff on it (I all wase hit some thing) and in movie theaters and allways in crouded places so they would waush out and not trample and one more qustean (sorry bad speller) how much vision do you have i think i have less then 20% but in last feberary the docter sed i had less then 30% but i know its getting worse anyway thanks so much.


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That is tough. I think the way you are doing it will help you adjust. It is hard to know when to start using it all the time, but I have feeling you will know. Movie theatres were always tough. I couldn't see in them. Stores: I always would knock things and stuff.

I have less than one percent now, only about 2 degrees or so. I believe that is in each eye, but it is probably a bit less then that. I lost my vision periodically, felt like every 2 years I had a decent loss of vision.

I was legally blind by 19 or so. I went through a tough period of coping and depression which I have wrote about on here. I really have adjusted well. It is a cycle though and you will have ups and downs.. I believe I am past that point though. Life is good and I love what I do.

Truly, when realizing I should use my cane all the time helped in multiple ways. It allowed me to accept my vision loss even more and to be even more comfortable with it. I would say that I do not hide it, I probably did hide it a bit prior. I am who I am, people will accept you if you are comfortable with it. People can tell when you are uncomfortable with yourself. I am not sure if that makes sense, but it does to me.

The cane has 3 purposes:
1. Identification
2. Mobility: allowing you to travel safely and independently
3. Protection: 2 types of protection, really...

Don't stress it Randall! There are so many successful persons who are visually impaired. Check out CareerConnect's mentor search. www.afb.org/cc

Let me know if you have any questions or need help.

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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The only place I use my cane is at school. I use sighted guide everywhere else.


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What is that?


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Sighted guide or human guide are when a person who is blind or visually impaired utilizes another person to guide them. There is a specific technique to this. You as the visually impaired person hold on to their opposite arm (so, you would use your left arm to hold on to their right arm a little above the elbow. You should be about half a step behind them. when the person goes through narrow spaces or crowds, they may put their arm behind their back to let you know to walk behind them. They will stop and such, then they should tell you they are stopping to step down or up, curb, or stairs up or down. They will tell you if a door opens toward you and on right or left. Once you get to know each other, it becomes easier). The thing with sighted guide is that it is not an independent method of travel. You have to be traveling with someone. You will not travel by sighted guide to work most likely. it is important to have good cane skills and also good sighted guide skills, so that you can train others if appropriate to guide you safer and properly. But, again, you should get your cane skills up to par.

I prefer to travel on my own using a cane, but if I am walking with someone and want to have a conversation, then I will probably use sighted guide.

And, dog guide and cane are equal in my book, but typically you should have good cane skils prior to getting a dog. Truly, it has more to do with your orientaiton and mobility skills then just your cane skills.

Hope that helps.

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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Oh yea i do that.


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i primarily use my cane or a sighted guide. Over the summer i used a sighted guide nearly the whole time and got rusty with my cane when it was time to walk the schedule. I love my cane its great for just about every where you go i primarily use it for school and movies. Its great for the city and heavily congested areas like community colleges and big cities in general. i rarely have trouble with anyone with it my troubles with my grandmother. Its great at night and in crowds. hope this helps


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Guide dogs are way better.


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