Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My experience: At the hospital


A few months ago I had to have some nasal surgery and I was accompanied by my mom and my friend, Sue.    As someone who has had several major surgeries I have had the opportunity to see how both nurses and doctors, along with other medical staff, interact with me as a blind person.

The staff at this particular hospital has always been very good when it comes to interacting with me.  They talk to me directly and ask me questions directly which is such a relief and joy for me.

There is nothing worse than having staff that finds it necessary to interact with those accompanying me rather than with me directly.  The nurses were very good at explaining things and my surgeon was extremely good when telling me what was going to happen. 

The pre-surgery and after surgery interactions all went very well.  Hats off to the North York General Hospital in Toronto, Canada.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

My perspective: Is this my floor?

This is one of the more common questions that people ask me whenever the discussion arises re how do I know when I get to my floor after the elevator has come to a stop.

Over the years I have used several strategies.  When I had vision I used to look for visual landmarks but now that I am almost totally blind I depend more heavily on senses of smell and feel. 

Believe it or not, floors all have some sort of a unique smell to them and mine is no different.  In addition, I am able to use my senses of touch and feel to determine whether or not I am on the right floor.

I use my cane to test the texture of the carpet and this sure helps.  Sure, you may be thinking that these methods are a bit off track, but trust me when I tell you that they work.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

It's a challenge: When the plate is too full

This is often a problem whenever someone offers to fetch a plate of food for me, either at a buffet or at any other function.

If the plate is too full then I need to be very careful when navigating around my plate.  I need to make sure that food does not fall off the edge of the plate.

Yes, it is like this for anyone, sighted or not, but for someone who is visually impaired the need is even more acute.  When you are unable to see what is on your plate and you know that your plate is a bit too full then you need to be very sure as to how to navigate and ensure that you do not lose any food.

So, how do I deal with this?  I am very careful.  I start at the edge of the plate and work my way inwards.  I try to determine where the larger pieces are as opposed to the smaller pieces.  Then I make my decision as to which I would choose to eat first.  

If the larger pieces are more towards the edge then I would probably take these first.  I would gingerly tackle the larger pieces and do my best not to disturb any of the pieces further inside.  If I make a slip then be sure to know that things could simply go scurrying across my plate and off the opposite edge.  So it is all a matter of making sure that I am careful and methodical.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

An annoying event: When my clock stopped chiming

This was an interesting experience for me but good thing that Sandra, my dear neighbor and friend, was on hand to help me solve the problem and together we managed to put things right.

We had just set the clocks forward for spring 2016 and as always Sandra had to help me change my digital ones. As a blind person I cannot do them for myself.  All went well except for my favorite one in my den.

Sandra did everything as always but when it came to the chimes, my clock in the den had stopped chiming.  She came back at least three times to try and figure things out but at the end we had to take it to my neighborhood electronics store. My friendly technician, Imad, took one look at it and said that we had inadvertently moved the chimes switch out of position and this is why it was not chiming.

So he reset it for us and we returned home happy and smiling, but alas!  My clock was only chiming for part of the day.  Sandra and I were then forced to work together to figure out this one for ourselves and we sure did.

Yes, the switch was set to the chimes position but it was not sitting flush on the setting to have the chimes go off every quarter hour for 24 hours.  Sandra fixed it after she determined the problem. 

I was just happy and relieved and so was she.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Remembering fondly: Collecting clams with the family

This is yet another favorite childhood memory for me and this memory is one filled with so much joy, pleasure, and simply great times. 

It all revolved around our holiday times at the beach.  There we were, the happy family!  Mom, Dad, Granny, brothers Robert and Jeffrey, and our beloved cousins and dogs.

Almost every day we would go swimming in the sea and part of our activities was to collect the clams.  We would take buckets with us and within an hour or so the buckets would be filled to the brim with the shellfish.

We used to call them chip-chip but in reality they were clams.  They came in all sizes and their shells were so pretty.  We had to dig into the sand and there they were, just waiting for us to gather them and throw them into our large buckets.

Then, at the end of our outing to the beach, we would haul the buckets back to the house and Mom and Granny would set about to boil them in their shells.  Then later on, after they had been cooled off, we would separate the clams from their shells. 

Then Mom and Granny would make so many delicious dishes with them: clam pelaus, omelettes, clam cakes and fritters, and so much more.  They even made cocktails, and oh yes!  Our dogs also participated in the feasts as they used to love to eat the boiled clams and we were only too happy to share with them.

Such wonderful memories. 

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

A cherished memory: Listening to the radio when I was but a kid

Another great memory for me: the number of hours that I spent listening to the radio when I was but a kid.

From the earliest of years, I used to sit under our radio which was mounted on the wall.  I would pull up a chair and there I would sit for hours just listening to any and everything.  There was the music, the news, and then those countless shows with all of their tips, hints, and contests.

I listened to them all and had so much fun.  In those days Braille books were just a luxury for me and they were  very scarce so the next best thing was the radio and oh how I loved just listening to it.

I can still hear the voices of those wonderful announcers in my mind.  There was Don, June, Valerie, Barbara, Jim, Dick, Ann, Chris, and oh so many others.

I especially loved listening to the recipes and the contests and I even won a few of them!  Then the radio was where I started to get interested in the news; local and international alike, and it was Dad who was my constant coach.

So many wonderful memories for me to remember and keep close to my heart, and oh yes!  Those ongoing soap operas with Mom, Granny and me listening in and my brothers dropping in and out to listen.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A treasured memory: My little blue piano

I can still remember this little gem and oh how much fun I had with it.  I am not sure how old I was when my parents bought it for me but I sure remember those wonderful times as a kid.

The notes were so clear.  There were only 2 octaves without the black notes or sharps.  I was able to pick tunes on it and my brother, Jeffrey, was always along for the ride.  He was also able to pick out a few tunes and we used to sit together as we had fun.

I even learned how to play the British Anthem on it and this was my pride and joy of the day as Mom and Granny were my faithful coaches.

Christmas time was the best for me.  I used to bang out those Christmas songs and carols and Mom and Granny were my audience along with Yella, our Labrador dog.  She used to come and lie close by and most of the time she would either fall asleep or spend time listening whenever she could keep her eyes open.

Ah yes!  That was my little blue piano with its notes as clear as bells.  Not sure whatever happened to it but I'll always remember it!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

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