“You move faster than you have EVER moved”

A running joke in my family since I got Makiko was that I move faster than I ever did before. I think there are many reasons for this. 1) I was very insecure about my RP. I have had way too many falls and surgeries/medical treatment as a result. 2) I didn’t like using the cane.. At all. I was really good at jabbing myself. 3) I wasn’t very fit.

I remember when I arrived at DFW airport from training, I met my Mom and Great-Aunt Betty at baggage. Mom had already collected my bags and put them on the cart. We proceeded toward the car and before Mom knew it we were GONE! Betty walks pretty slow due to her age and disabilities. But we were way gone. Mom could tell right then how much exercise I had gotten over the past two weeks and how drastically Makiko had already and would change my life.

Makiko is still super fast. We have had a few scenarios lately where she has gotten slower but we are trying to figure out why. We are pretty sure it mostly has to do with the heat. (ugh, thanks Texas!)

But most of the time, she is still a speed demon! Last night we walked back from a dog park in our apartment complex to the steps near my apartment. It took under 1 minute. I could NEVER do this in that amount of time with a cane because there are a lot of twists and turns, as you will see in the video attached. My baby rocks!

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

2 thoughts on ““You move faster than you have EVER moved””

  1. And you were in FLIP FLOPS!! (Some of us do not have flip flop skills even at slow speeds- JEALOUS!)
    ❤️😂 Sue

  2. You guys are flying! I’m impressed! I know what you mean about the cane…I feel like it’s going to actually cause me to fall or something one day. I thought it was just my clutsy self so it’s reassuring to know its not just me! 🙂

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