Edinburgh guide dog training: Day 1

Yesterday,walking to work, I was so glad that it will be the last time I have to do that route with a cane for a long while.  The sun was shining and I had left my sunglasses at work the day before so I had one eye open slightly.  The route is downhill and the paving slabs are really uneven and my cane gets caught up every couple of steps.  It is very frustrating having to stop and start all the time.

I got up early to finish packing and had trouble zipping up my case (I don’t even have enough clothes to last the full time so I will need to do some washing).  Everyone was really helpful on my journey even at the train station,where I hadn’t booked any assistance to get on my train.  I got a cheap first class ticket so I made use of the wifi and the free food and drink.

Once we got to the hotel I got unpacked and met the others who are training at the same time and had lunch.  Then we did the routes round the building and practiced them.  I am now very tired.  I think I always under estimate how much being in a new place tires me out physically. I’m having to remember exactly what direction to go in and what things I need to find to orientate yourself.

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About Beth Dawes

I have no eye colour but I do have an iPad, a guide dog called Annie and a pink long cane.
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