Thanks for posting this topic. I am the one who posted it on fibro and I should have put it here too so I'll add my posting to this.
Thanks again, Lauri! and those who also pitched in comments. This is a very personal and emotional subject...one we have to work through especially the younger folks.
Oh, I think the link Gretchen posted above ^...up there...lol has some with flames. I saw them somewhere. They're a riot!
Over the past several months I've notices people talking about either using canes or possibly buying one. I had that same issue back a couple of years. When I'm walking on flat areas I'm pretty good, but if I have to go up an incline or stairs or if I'm in a crowd of people or where they are walking by me fast...I tend to get unstable. I just could not bring myself to buy a cane. Those are only for <shudder> 'old' people. I'm not old...just very, very mature...lol OK, I'm getting older but mentally I am NOT ready for a cane. Well, inside I knew it would help but I just couldn't do it emotionally. I spent plenty of time in tears over it before I finally decided it needed to be done before I ended up falling and doing some serious damage to this body of mine. Now it may not be in very good shape, nor that attractive any more but it's the one I was issues and I'm sort of fond of it. Beside I have to make it last! smhair
So, I made the decision and started looking around. To my amazement they didn't look like the yucky old things my grandmothers both used. I found styles, colors, patterns, shapes and anything you could imagine. I wanted something I could carry and/or store in my rolling briefcase when I went to work so that meant a folding one. They are so light and handy. I looked and looked and found so many beautiful ones it was hard to choose! smilewinkgrin I ended up with a pink/peach floral design on white background that folded. It does NOT look old but I find that I get a lot of respect when I use it. People scurry to open doors for me, let me go first when waiting, and are generally more polite than average. My grandkids think it's so cool. A few of them like to use it for a hiking stick and a couple of the others pretend it's a rifle or cannon...lol It have been the center of many games.
Yes, emotionally it's a very hard decision to make. It was for me at least. But once I went ahead and started using mine on an as-need basis I wondered what took me so long to get it. I don't use it all the time but it's available when I do need it.
I looked around the internet and found some good sites for buying them. The prices range from under $20 to over $100...but for your 20 bucks you can get a beautiful, colorful cane. Below is a list of sites that you may want to look at. I have no personal or financial interest in any of these sites. I looked them up for your convenience. Also, most all pharmacies and discount stores like WalMart, etc. have them for good prices. But the online ones have such amazing choices. I found some with cats or dogs all over them, humming birds, flowers, trucks, fishing gear..you name it. I once had someone comment how lovely mine was because it matched the winter scarf I was wearing...lol tongue
I hope something in here helps anyone who's thinking of using a cane. Once you accept the idea that it will help keep you safe you will find it's easy to adjust to.
This one has cats, dogs, humming birds and lots of other choices.
Large selection and price range
Good selection of sturdy products
Huge selection of colorful and stylish ones
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