Caring For Your Cane This discussion took place many years ago before the internet really got started. The below messages were posted on a chat group called Blink Talk which was, for those of you who remember, on a network called the Fido Net. By: Phil Scovell To: All Re: Big Problem I was wondering if someone could help me with this problem I have. Any comments will be appreciated. I came home with my faithful white cane today. After pulling off my coat, I stood my cane up behind the door as I always do and it fell down. That's never happened before. I stood him back up but it fell again. It really concerns me because I trust in him so much. I think it's a him but I guess I've never really checked. Anyway, I picked the cane up and led it to water to drink but quickly learned you can't make a horse do the back stroke if he doesn't want to. Anyhow, my cane refused to take water. I tried holding the tip over the water but it still refused to drink. I stroked and talked softly to it for several minutes; holding it on my lap and trying to discover the problem. Nothing seemed to help. I tried once again to stand it up in the corner behind the door but it fell with a clatter to the floor. Up ending the poor thing, I carefully felt the tip to see if perhaps it had worn down. I was relieved to discover that was not the problem. After trying several more times to get the cane to stand up by himself/herself, I gave up and lay the cane down gently along side my bed. I hope it'll be all right. Has anyone ever had this problem? Should I return it to the school where I got it? Is there a doctor in the house? Please help! By: Doug Coyle To: Phil Scovell I believe what we have here is one of two conditions. If the cane in question has a crook then it is probably some type of psychotrauma which happened on that bender thing in the shop where it was made. I mean, what if someone put you on one of those things. You've got to put yourself in the poor cane's place. If it doesn't have a crook then it's definitely a case of crook envy. You went by another blind person whose cane had a crook and your cane sensed this and it hasn't been the same since. Since it can't talk it's behavior of falling on the ground behind the door is it's own feeble way of trying to communicate with you. You better take care of this or your centered hand will be moving to the right soon. I had a cane whose name was Tipper Gore. I named her that because of certain actions she would have to strangers on the street. It just sort of came to mind. Also, she would fall down like that especially when I would put certain records on the cd player. Shucks, had to get rid of ol' tipper. Last I heard someone in Tennessee was using her. === By: Walter Siren To: Phil Scovell It probably will happen again, but you should be glad it did. I stood my cane up by a door one time, and I forgot where I put it, and I stood it up so well, I could not find it for a year. If it had fallen down, I would have found it. By: Phil Scovell To: Doug Coyle Doug, Your insight to my cane problem was very helpful. It is in fact a straight cane. My, I never considered the problem could be it's because it's a straight cane. You really think a crook change would help? I'm not sure if I'm ready for that myself personally but I'd do anything to help the situation. I never once thought of putting myself in its place. It probably feels I don't care or something and, of course, that certainly isn't true. Until I can afford the crook change, do you think I cut wire up a chain or something to the top in order to make it feel a part of the rest of the cane community? I feel just terrible about this whole thing. Are there any foundations whereby I can try and obtain a grant for the crook change? I'm sure they are expensive. I certainly don't want to let my cane know I might be considering the purchase of another cane to take its place. By: Phil Scovell To: Walter Siren Walter, Maybe, then, I'm being overly concerned? Perhaps there is nothing wrong with my cane? Boy, that would be wonderful. I've been very upset with it for days. I've even considered tieing a rope on to it and forcing it to stand up in the corner but I was afraid that might be cruel and someone might turn me in for it. By: Karen Friedman To: Phil Scovell Phil, That was sorrowful. I hope you've been able to solve this malady for your cane. I stuck my cane in a drawer and have been using a Lead/ Dog for some years now. Ranger has many quirks of his own too! But at least I get licked after I stroke him! By: Ron Denis To: Phil Scovell Phil, Your trusty cane is experiencing what we call anaclitic depression. It has discovered that it is, in the end, mortal. White canes are initially endowed with "original delusion" which makes them believe they are immortal. This permits them to function bravely in the most dangerous situation without flinching. It is this belief which keeps them from consuming their masters when trapped together on desert islands. Occasionally, the cane's original training lapses, visions of mortality infiltrate, and the cane, experiencing deep depression, needs something to lean on, the floor for example. Treatment requires viewing the problem from a different perspective. The cane believed itself to be of divine origin. The trick is to once again fool the cane into believing it is divine. We use the ing-rod treatment around here. Take a second slender staff, temporarily attach it to the cane above the midpoint at an angle. Hold the cane above a bowl of water with the top of the cane in one hand and the top of the stafflet in the other. Holding everything with your palms up works best. The tip will descend toward the water, the cane will again experience itself as divine, and full functioning should return within the hour. Hope this helps. By: Carol Ashland To: Phil Scovell Sounds like your cane is tipsy. Try a cold shower, I've heard that works. Or if he's hollow, pour hot coffee in him. I think time will heal the problem, however. You might also try getting a hook to hang him on, as he may feel he needs more stability in his life. By: Lorne Bock To: Phil Scovell Hi Phil, Liked your message re the problem with your cane. You are not the first to have this problem. My problem was solved when after much talking and coaxing my cane told me that it's tip was tired of continually having to support the rest of the cane. The problem was then solved by telling the tip how important it was and giving it a piece of carpet rather than just the hard floor surface . By: Doug Coyle To: Phil Scovell PS>My, I never considered the problem could be it's PS>because it's a straight cane. You really think a crook change PS>would help? I'm not sure if I'm ready for that myself PS>personally but I'd do anything to help the situation. I never PS>once thought of putting myself in its place. It probably feels PS>I don't care or something and, of course, that certainly isn't PS>true. Well, I guess you're a lot like me, sort of conservative and not too politically correct; but I've mended my ways and always try to put myself in anyone's place and to be sensitive and understanding. After all, your cane can't help it; it has no crook. It's just a victim. A crook change is a very serious option, and requires about a year of pre=operation therapy. You Have to do things like buy tapes of sounds which occur in metal shops to get the cane used to what will happen to it, and then show it pictures of different crooks. You'll have to spend a lot of time traveling with it too, and take it to rehab agencies where other blind people hang out so it can see if life with a crook is what it really wants. Heck, maybe you'll get lucky and the cane will change it's mind and learn to like itself and you can avoid the whole thing. PS>I feel just terrible about this whole thing. Are there any foundations PS>whereby I can try and obtain a grant for the crook change? I'm PS>sure they are expensive. I certainly don't want to let my cane PS>know I might be considering the purchase of another cane to PS>take its place. Oh, no, don't do that because the cane will probably file an e. e. o. complaint against you for crook discrimination. Let me tell you, bubba, if the cane doesn't learn to accept itself the way it is, you have no choice but to have the crook change done, and I don't know what to do about the money, but I'm sure it's cheaper than legal fees. Hey, just a minute. I got an idea!!! This just may be the ticket. flex therapy? I don't know much about it but you have to go to a flex therapist they get the cane in the office and do certain bending exercises and other stuff with it. You know how when sometimes you get to going too fast down the street and go across one of those storm drains and you make it across but your cane doesn't and gets the heck bent out of it? Then you have to stand there for 5 minutes trying to get it straightened out enough so you can get home to your trusty ol' hammer? Well, flex therapy is something like that where they bend the canes and straighten them again. This gives them more of an appreciation for their flexuality. You have to sort of look underground for flex therapists since the techniques are not apa approved (that's the american parapatological association. === * By: Kit Thomas To: Phil Scovell Carol Ashland wrote in a message to Phil Scovell: PS> I was wondering if someone could help me with this problem I have. PS> Any comments will be appreciated. PS> I came home with my faithful white cane today. After pulling off my PS> coat, I stood my cane up behind the door as I always do and it fell PS> down. That's never happened before. I stood him back up but it fell PS> again. It really concerns me because I trust in him so much. I think Methinks your problem is lack of attention. Just think, you trust him to guide you around all life's obstacles, but do you ever hug him. Do you praise him or do special things for him? Perhaps he is reading this echo and is getting jealous of all the attention bestowed on the dogs. I would suggest you try to get to know your cane better and spend some time with him. Play with him, let him sleep next to your bed for a while. Maybe even fancy him up a bit with a ribbon or something. What you need to do is revive that 'old "Cain-do" spirit! By: Peter Scanlon To: Phil Scovell Hi Phil, Maybe your cane needs some female companionship. If he is going to meet some lady canes, make sure he has his rubber tip. Maybe he is stressed out. Loosen his elastic. (Grin, chuckle!!) By: Phil Scovell To: Peter Scanlon Peter, Barbara Akin suggested the same thing so I'm making arrangements to see if such will solve his problem. I don't know though, I'm not up to a shot gun wedding. End Of Discussion. Unless, of course, you wish to add your 2 cents.