A Spare

If you use an assistive device such as a white cane, hearing aid, or even reading glasses, do you own a spare one, too? If you don’t, consider getting one.

With partial vision in my right eye, there are a few environments where I don’t use my cane, like in my house or when I visit my parents at the house I grew up in. Instead of being at my side, I place my white cane in a corner close to the front door.

One time, I forgot my cane at my parents house. They mailed it to me, but that meant everywhere I went until I received my cane I would doubt my travel. I ordered a spare cane, so I would never be in that situation again.

What would you do if you lost your favorite adaptive tool?


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Trisha says:

    I do lose my favorite adaptive tool on a regular basis! I’m always leaving my glasses laying somewhere and I’m forever hunting for them. But that’s not as big of a deal as your cane. Still, I’m thinking the next time I get glasses I should get two pairs. A back up of important things is always good.

    1. Trisha: That’s the worst when you are searching and searching and not finding. An extra pair of glasses would give you double the chance of finding them!

      1. Trisha says:

        I’d like to double my chances of find my glasses. If it could cut down on a few trips trudging up and down the stairs it would be worth it! Although,my husband has quite a few pairs and he loses his for longer periods of time than I lose mine. But he leaves them really weird places. One pair was on the garage floor under his project car!

  2. Glasses are tricky. My optometrist suggested I just buy basic strong lens reading glasses so i get them in batches of 3 online. This means they are cheap and poor quality but I have a pair in every room,. I would be totally lost without my hand magnifier but I have a smaller backup one. I sometimes think I should be like a Victorian lady abd sling a reticule round my wait to carry all my low vision equipment!

    1. A pair in every room, Bridget you are prepared. I was going to make a Maggie Smith/Downton comment, but I suppose she is not quite in Victorian times.

      1. Don;t watch it but from what I hear she is not the sort of lady who would carry a reticule! But who knows now we have Judi Dench with Wet Macular Degeneraztion and still going strong. What a role model.

      2. She is a trooper, Dame Judy.

  3. Chelle says:

    Unfortunately, hearing aids are way too expensive to buy a spare pair. Also unfortunately, my hearing loss outgrew all previous hearing aids so they weren’t of use anymore either. There was a time I lost a hearing aid and I made do for about 2 or 3 months before getting a new pair. Lots of coping strategies! lol

    1. Chelle: Expense has a nasty way of keeping us out of luck at times. 3 months! I would love to know how you managed, maybe you will blog about that sometime?

      1. I’m full of admiration for you managing so long. It does seem unfair that disability is so expensive.

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