I took Bayou for her walk today and I used the walking sticks that my husband bought for me.
Thursday, March 11, 2021
I took Bayou for a walk this evening. I used my walking sticks. I had my husband buy them for me last year when a veteran that's in the same VA MOVE program as I am, said he bought them to avoid falling.
When we lived in Maryland, my husband would walk for 20 minutes after dinner every night. Twice he had to come get me in the car. Once I had to sit on a wall because my legs felt shaky and the second time, I fell on the sidewalk and some people came off their porch to come help me.
We live on a dead-end street and though it is paved, there are potholes and bumps in the macadam. The walking sticks gave me confidence even though Bayou was tugging on the retractable leash. I held out the left walking stick in front of her to teach her to stay by my side, not out ahead of me. She got the concept of sitting by my left leg if I stopped. My husband lets her go the length of the leash when he walks her.
The neighbor across the street has a dog that is not fenced in their yard or tied. He was in the street barking as I approached. Bayou began whining, but he would not come near us. I kept my eye on him because I was using the walking sticks. I told him that he was a good boy and he stayed at the edge of the street on his side of the road. I got 29 minutes in, but it was raining and I didn't want to be out if it turned into a downpour.