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Cane And Able

Updated on July 31, 2015

Me and my shadow have two extra parts.

Sometimes a handy cane makes you able.
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The morning it happened....

Sometimes, at least as we approach 80, sleep is not quite so deep. In the semi-wakefulness we ponder the day ahead and the tasks waiting to be tackled.

As often as not, that is enough to cause us to go back to full sleep to finish restoring the energy we are going to need in the day ahead.

One morning recently it was just the opposite. It was 4:00 AM on a Sunday morning, the day when we most religiously like to sleep. The thought occurred that the lesson that day was going to be from the Book of Acts, and I hadn't gotten my act together.

So I hauled myself out of bed and hauled out my large print edition of the New International Version of The Daily Bible, published by Guideposts. It is an extraordinary version by E. LaGard Smith with the virtue that it is in chronological order for 365 daily readings with "devotional insights" that set the scene for each reading along with commentary from said Smith.

At 1,713 pages measuring 7.5" by 10" and weighing over three pounds, it needed a music stand for my mother to enjoy it at age 103. She passed away at nearly half past 105 and the reclaimed book became a major part of my inheritance.

All that aside, at 4:00 AM I found my forward motion surprisingly unstable. Years before, I had been given a marvelous cane that had sat idly by but admired. Unlike many other items accumulated over the years, I knew right where it rested, and I put it to work, eventually adding a rubber tip from the nearby Home Depot store after a trip to Rite Aid unsuccessfully scoured that monthly stop for a 5/8ths inch tip.

My only guess, so far, is that I may have had a very mild stroke while asleep. My face, speech (to the cat), and other movements were normal, but now five days later, the slight unsteadiness continues and the cane is doing its things.

I say "things" because I find that a cane serves more than just one purpose.I can straighten rugs, scoop up items of clothing, off the floor, straighten curtains (being careful, of course, not to punch holes in windows) and open doors that are ajar. [Reminds me of the riddle, "When is a door not a door?]

My annual physical was great! My eye exam showed cataract development in my left eye, but not serious enough to do anything about....yet. My dental exam lit dollar signs in two dentist's pairs of eyes and I chose the more highly recommended one and am now almost "smile perfect," to quote a biting remark Dr. Farley, DDS made regarding his professional work on my behalf..

After the latest report came out on how much water I need to drink each day, and reported that older folks are not as aware of their own "thirsty" signals, I have taken to implementing my own suggestion that bottles of water be placed at strategic places (car, computer, TV, kitchen, etc.) and be cool, or cold when possible (to add weight loss assistance to the hydration goal.)

I still walk, climb the stairs, and try to get those "goals for the day" accomplished each day (especially the small, easy ones like hanging the brand new shower curtain yesterday that I purchased some years ago.)

But it appears that the first real assault of "the golden years" has made its first blind side tackle attempt, and I have fended it off with the very cane someone anticipated 49 years ago that I might need one day.

That day arrived at 4:00 AM last Sunday.

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The cane, and its shadow.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Kate - I already did and sent you an article on Hurling. Colorful, too.

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      Kate McBride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      This is my favorite hub of yours so far Demas. I have read Jeffrey Archer's "Kane & Abel" but I prefer his short stories.

      Your "Cane & Able " is far better.

      Had a good Sabbath, thank God- 22:53 here; 15:55 with you- I just checked.

      Have a good Sabbath evening and keep in touch.

      Kate

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Kate - Guess I will have to grow old with my Yank accent then. Enjoy this Sabbath day.

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      Kate McBride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      American accent much better than Irish one Demas. I replied to your message on linkedin as well. With so many forums to communicate on there is no excuse for not staying in touch :-)

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Sending an email on that one. You would be able to help me lose my American accent, right?

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      Kate McBride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      It was called remedial linguistics a.k.a. speech and language pathology in America or speech and language therapy here in Ireland. I prefer the old name-speech therapy. Am practicing for 29 years-still haven't got it right :-)

      Do you have any formal education Demas or did you attend the university of life?

      Kate

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Robert Redford and I are neighbors (well almost.) His ski resort and mountain home are on the east side of my mountain (Mt. Timpanogos) and I am at the base of its west side, here in Lindon, Utah, elevation about 5,500 ft above sea level. What did you enjoy studying at Trinity?

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      Kate McBride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      Don't know anything about Pope Francis. I am a very lapsed catholic. John Paul was my Pope. Have always lived in Donegal except for four years in Trinity College, Dublin. Sadly not calm yet-a lot of vandalism and bitterness still from the unionists in Northern Ireland. Where are you in America?

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Kate Mc Bride - Were you somewhere else before Donegal? Things change and people move. I just didn't recall the Donegal location as being yours. Are things totally calm now, and tourism is back to normal in time to save the season? I heard a blurb today on "public" education in Ireland, and that there is a dilemma from the constitution and church ownership of the schools. Interesting. What is your impression so far of Pope Francis?

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      Kate McBride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      A great hub here Demas. You have such a good attitude to using the cane. Condolences on the loss of your mother. I saw photos of her that you had on here some time ago. A clever title too. Kate

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - Just look at who is calling the kettle gold! If I were to describe you as a bird, it would be a peacock. They can be quite loud, so don't praise my "handsome bugger" qualities too loudly, please. ; - )

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      All kidding aside, at least you HAD it when you needed it, you handsome bugger.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      BlossomSB - Before. Its aspects seem to be lessening. I'll keep on keeping on for awhile, God willing. Thanks for your concern. D.

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      Perspycacious 2 years ago

      annart - We too are finally having a day of steady rain, most welcome hereabouts. Thanks for the comment/letter. Most welcome, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      It was a funny approach to what is a not so funny situation - it's always good to have a smile at ourselves, but we do need to take care, too. Was that annual check-up before or after this episode. If it was before, it could be a good idea to go for another, just to be on the safe side. Do take care, won't you? God bless!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      This is a wonderfully humorous hub regarding some of those things that jump out at us when getting older. The title's great and I love the 'almost half past 105'!

      As for a name for that cane, how about using your own 'Abel'?

      Thanks for the smile on this dreary English day (summer has deserted us this week!).

      Ann

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MsDora - As the cane and I could be companions for quite some time, I suppose it would be appropriate to give it a name. Any suggestions?

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for this interesting share. Glad you survived the tackle and that you're going forward with the help of your cane. You're blessed!

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Jodah - Perhaps that "teaches everything" website has a class on self-defense with a cane! What muscle can no longer do, perhaps a brain-connected cane can? I think I will hold onto it for awhile, just in case heavy crime finally gets to Utah. ; - )

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Eric - I intend to be.....well, well. Remember, it's not the size of what the Bible is in, but it's the size of the Bible in you! Is there still any room? You keep yourself well, too, with any help your family is willing to give you.

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Keep on Keeping on my friend. whonu

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      whonunuwho - I am now in the habit of answering the question "How are you doing?" by replying "Pretty good for an old guy." I hope that answer will serve me well until I am also "half past 105" like my mother.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for sharing this event in your life Demas, it is good that your annual physical was A Okay though. Glad the cane eventually was there when you needed it. My wife has one just in case but has never used it yet, though utilises a 'walker' now and then if we have to go somewhere where we will be required to stand and do a lot of walking. Hopefully you begin to recover from whatever happened during that night and can put the cane aside again for awhile. Now that you found it has multiple uses, however, you may not wish to.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am certainly wishing you the best and hope things improve. It would be strange indeed to wake up one morning and have your world change so. I really enjoyed hearing about that big old Bible, how cool is that!? Be well friend.

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Bless you my friend. I, too, am feeling more my age these days. You are just as young as you feel and believe you are, I suppose fits nicely here. Take it easy my friend. I enjoy your work and hope to read your work for many more good years. whonu

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      CrisSp - I don't picture you (yes I do) up there in the sky serving Lorna Doone copies and peanuts, when you could be here and so "down to earth" writing your Hubs that have all of us examining our inner thoughts!

      But, God bless all you gals (and some guys) who do answer the questions, attend to traveler's needs and safety, and do so not without risk to yourselves at 35,000 feet above sea level.

      How fortunate your mother is that you can meet her "down to earth" needs with your loving persuasiveness.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Now, I'm contemplating...it happens. It could happen to me, to everyone. And if I may share, I bought my mom (now 65 yrs old) that magic cane only last month and although it's helping her a lot, she's quite annoyed that she now has a walking body in the figure of that stick yet grateful that she can still walk.

      Good photos!

      Long live sir!

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      PAINTDRIPS -Thanks for your thoughts. I just added a photo of my oriental hardwood cane, and its shadow.

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      Denise McGill 2 years ago from Fresno CA

      A cane is not such a symbol of old age as it used to be, I think. I find mine very handy as well and it keeps me from having so much pain in my hip by relieving the pressure I would be putting on it without my cane. Plus they are lovely these days, don't you think? Mine is purple and covered with flowers. Have a blessed day.