[nagdu] Going Downhill

d m gina dmgina at samobile.net
Fri Apr 22 04:04:07 UTC 2011

Ah yes that word called vertigo.
Oh how I know that word well.
It has to do with one of the medicines I take.
I would put the leash in one hand and gently pull back three times stop 
and keep doing the same thing.
An instructor showed me how to do this, it is called speed control.
Hope this helps.

Original message:
> Hey!  How do all of you go down hills with your dogs without getting, you
> know, seasick?  Or is that just me?  /lol/

> Now that I don't have rain as much for an excuse not to get my lazy backside
> out with my dog, I'm looking for a route to walk on this side of the Road of
> Certain Doom.  The best and safest route to get some decent walking exercise
> -- with sidewalks part of the way! -- is up a fairly steep hill.  Good
> exercise for the dog, too, since she has to drag me up the thing once I wear
> out.  There's even a little spot where I can let her have some run play
> before we turn around to come back down...  Supposing I don't break my neck
> falling on my nose.  /lol/  How I didn't literally fall on my nose the first
> time -- when the effect was a real surprise -- is beyond me.  I  had to sit
> down right where I was while the whirling sensation just kept building and
> building...  So I couldn't get up.  I've experienced the minor version of
> that on gentle downslopes, but never like that!  The only reason I didn't
> end up calling DD to come pick me up because I was too seasick to get home
> is because I am just too dang stubborn and have way, way too much pride.

> So.  By this spring, it seems I can think about taking the hill on again
> with getting seasick in advance, and I think this time I'll have a strategy.
> /grin/

> So here's my plan, in general:

> 1.  Take dog on leash, use cane going up and coming down for added reference
> point for balance to learn to maintain balance and proprioception on steep
> grades.

> 2.  When ready, use guide dog to go up the hill.  Take cane out before
> turning around, to use as reference point to judge grade.  Use cane to come
> down.

> 3.  Repeat as necessary, removing cane tip from ground periodically to build
> up number of steps to walk without reference point before falling on nose.

> 4.  Gradually build up until the cane on the ground is no longer necessary.

> 5.  Start using guide dog to come down and see what happens.  /smile/

> Any comments, helpful hints, strong advice, smart remarks about what a dolt
> I am?  /lol/

> Thanks!

> Tami Smith-Kinney

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