Traveling by yourself after you lose a lot of sight you almost always have to ask for some assistance in new places. This solo travel is often exhilarating. Provided you are in a busy area such as a train station or airport it can be like the mosh pit at a rock concert. The crowd […]Read more "Living on the Edge: Are You Prepared to Be Proactive?"
For a person with little or no sight there are practical and emotional difficulties about using a public restroom. So much of vision loss is about finding things with your hands, and also not being able to find things you need like the flush. You are also afraid of what your hand might touch! You […]Read more "Restrooms: Stories from the Stall and the Urinal"
When you first lose vision you may not want to go near the TV set or the movies for a long time. You miss the faces, the expressions and the action too much. And it is horrible having to keep asking what is happening or where the ball is. After some years this may change […]Read more "Do You Know when Your TV Shows Are on? Do They Have Audio Description? Or Are You Still in the Dark?"
People who wear eye-catching clothes or drive fancy cars may be trendy, but they are not trend setters. It is the people who live on the edge, in the margins of society, who are often the real agents of change, because we know what is lacking. We can talk about vision loss with authority and […]Read more "Happy New Year to Us: The Real Trend Setters"
VisionLossandPersonalRecovery.com (VLPRBlog.com) thanks everyone who has read and commented on any of the blog posts this year. I hope that you find plenty of joy during the holiday season, and that you will add to your belief in your own value by offering support and help to others. Vision Loss and Personal recovery will be […]Read more "Holiday Greetings and Best Wishes"
Can you join in with everyone else at a carol service or Holiday sing along? What if you only know the first verse? It gets frustrating when you have to la-la along and everyone else can read the words and be joyful and triumphant! Here is a cheat sheet for some favorite chunnukah, […]Read more "Joining In: Do You Know More than the First Verse of Holiday Carols and Songs?"
A steel fence makes a clear boundary between properties. Both sides can open and close the gate. If only human boundaries were like this! We who have lost a lot, or all, of our sight, may at first hand over control of our lives to a partner, an adult child, or a […]Read more "Reclaiming Adult Boundaries After Sight Loss"
Last week’s blog post was titled Doctors and Denial, because the first years of vision loss often contain a lot of both for anyone who is losing sight. But eye doctors often join in the denial! Medical professionals in eye department frequently know little about and do not inform patients about practical training […]Read more "Personal Recovery, Part 2: More Denial and Finally Training and Transformation"
Except for cataracts and some other surgeries, there is little permanent improvement available for most modern eye diseases. Treatments cannot usually reverse symptoms; they only slow down losses. This is hard to believe, because modern medical achievements are so miraculous in many areas. But there is lots of eye research going on, and it […]Read more "Personal Recovery, Part 1: Doctors and Denial"
No one wants to clean in hot weather, so why am I posting this in July ? Because I mostly don’t wear shoes indoors in summer. Maybe you don’t either, and feet are wonderful dirt and dropped item finders. (Unless you have diabetes. Then you have to stick to wearing shoes because of the risks […]Read more "Dancing as You Clean"