began when i was quite young. When words no longer work — i walk !!!
One of my first consequences of this was as teen. I took off, got lost, & search team found me early the next morning in the deep woods.
When words no longer work and i am under deep emotions such as anger, frustration, or embarassment.
I am consumed with need to leave.
It doesn’t matter where i am going,
but i must … GO !!!
In past few years i was able to use my canes, but now need my long-stride walker (kept on the porch), and i am gone.
Where i live, i dont think this will be a problem, because from our house i have never walked toward town. i walk toward the harbor. Only two houses between us and the harbor, and it leads to blacktopped-path that goes in a loop to the end of our penninsula. I can walk the loop twice or three times without leaving familiar territory. I walk off the energy generated from anger or frustration.
But realize that as my symptoms progress, it is important to document these quirks, and set guidelines to avoid future problems.
- Let someone know where i am going.
- Always carry locator (for me that is GPS on my cell phone, but for others might be another device).
- Try to be consistent on where i go (always same walking path) so muscle memory can help my return trip.
- If needed, i can walk the loop more than once.
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