Saturday, September 18, 2010
Me and My BLING
Per popular request (well, truthfully for my blog, popular means a couple of comments!) I am showcasing my cane BLING tonight.
I started using a cane last spring when I started having foot drop and increasing disability from my plexopathy issues. At first I bought the basic black aluminum cane, guaranteed to go with most of my work outfits and my sensible flat heeled work shoes.
Sensible shoes are sooooo boring. I had to give up wearing heels about 3 years ago because of the plexopathy. Somehow the heels made me feel like a grownup in a grownup world. I am a short little hobbit lady so anything that makes me feel grown up is a plus, because even at 51 I don't feel like an adult most days!
My coworkers decided that a plain black cane was too blah, and threatened to bedazzle the one I had. I had nightmares of shiny rhinestones and feather boas hot glued to my cane. I decided to circumvent their nefarious plans by buying the blingiest cane I could find. I live in a fairly small town, so I don't have a lot of choice of shopping venues but I was pleased to find my cane of BLING at the local pharmacy.
BLING is a basic black cane (again this goes with my business attire and my sensible shoes) but it has silver shiney "scales" carved into the aluminum that catch the light and make it sparkle. In traveling I have compared canes with fellow cane users, and none have seen the same model I have. Many have admired it because it is like jewelry on a stick, but I can't tell them where to buy one. I have looked on EBay and online medical supply and cane suppliers and I can't find any that appear to be the same (I sorta would have liked to buy a couple more in different colors). I am sure there is supplier out there somewhere, after all my pharmacy ordered it from someplace, however once I bought BLING they have not replaced that model.
Carrying BLING makes me jolly about having to carry a cane and wear sensible boring shoes. I am dangerous traveling with BLING because I forget I am holding it and wave my arms around with BLING attached. Sometimes this is really handy, because people keep their distance, and sometimes it is kind of scary especially in airplanes: BLING really starts hitting people in their heads and poking them on their shoulders and stomachs as I try to stow away carry on luggage. I can't handle BLING very well on those moving pathways at airports either - I get it stuck while I am whirling away from it or I can't hold onto the handrail because BLING's handle is in my hand. Shopping with BLING is a challenge because BLING gets stuck in the merchandise and trys to knock stuff off in the floor.
The Headache is not happy today, and The Hives starting popping out again yesterday because I've tapered off the prednisone. My pancreas enzyme lipase runneth over normal - could have gone to the hospital this week, but I am determined to get better without being stuck in a hospital bed. I have plans for once - I am going to meet an old friend who is volunteering at the local MS bikeathon in town. I am sure The Headache and The Belly and The Hives and The Legs are conspiring against me having a nice relaxing visit. Fie on you - you rebellious body! I will have fun regardless...and I will carry BLING with me. All onlookers beware!