Today I tried out my new walking cane in public for the first time. It wasn't nearly as awkward or nerve wracking as I thought it would be. I think this is because I needed it. I still lost my balance a bunch of times of course, but with the cane it was less of a strain.
I bought the cane last week. During my annual check-up with my neurosurgeon, he told me to consider that the worsened symptoms of my Dandy Walker Syndrome may never improve. I wasn't devastated. I had suspected this for over two years.
I'm okay with it. After all, my balance problems, leg fatigue and poor stamina are all only intermittent. The beauty of my folding cane is that I can tuck it away in my bag when I no longer feel I need it, or bring it out when my symptoms show up.
My neck disc condition, flat arches and a recurred pelvis problem are all hurting me today as well, but I'm happy.
For those of you who walk with a cane, how did you feel when you first used it?