Friday, May 24, 2019

Trials and tribulations: Another colonoscopy


I just wish upon a star that one day I won't have to have them anymore. However, I have a strange feeling that this may just be wishful thinking.

The last one was not the worst of them and good thing that Gabriella went with me.  We had to wait for a bit before I was called and then to wait a bit more for the doctor to do her part.  At the very end, however, I could feel a few pangs of pain as the doctor was finishing up.

My doctor is very good. She is pleasant, humorous, and very accommodating. She tells me exactly what she is going to do and at the end of the procedure she reads out the instructions to me.  I just wish, however, that she was able to give them to me in an electronic format.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Helping staff to understand: At the medical lab


They are getting better but there is still work to be done when it comes to how staff at the lab interact with me as a vision-impaired person.  Most times when I go there they would get a passing mark when it comes to how they communicate with me.

For example, they do not always place the health card in my hand when I put out my hand to receive it after they have asked for it and have finished with it.  However, they are getting better.

Most of the time my friend escorts me to the testing room but after I have given blood they do not escort me back to the waiting room and if I need to go to the washroom to collect urine they do not seem to know what to do when I walk out of the washroom.

The other day my friend had to mildly scold them to assist me when she discovered me wandering around in the hallway as I was trying to find my way back to the waiting room.  This is just going to be a work in progress
despite the many years that I have been going there.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

This strategy works: A new way to sort my mail


Now that I have limited ways to identify my mail I have had to come up with some interesting ways to sort it so that whenever I have sighted assistance I can make sure that most, if not all, of the junk is not in my mail pile.

First, the magazines. I am only interested in two specific magazines.  Those are for Mom and I know them by how they feel. The Hello! magazine is thick and smooth to the touch and the Examiner magazine is slim and has a sticker at the bottom.

Next comes bills and it’s a good thing that most all of my bills come to me via email although there are a few that I have to look out for. I know the feel of them so I am readily able to identify them.

Then there are other types of mail that I need to pay more attention to. If the envelope has 2 windows then I know that it is junk, or if it is larger and smooth then it is almost certain that this, too, is junk.

I am extremely careful and I need to make sure that I am looking out for expected mail, as well.  Anything that I am not sure about I use my flatbed scanner to help me out and in most cases it works.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Priceless treasures! Running commentaries from Mom


I am so used to these now that I consider them to be an integral part of my life.  That is, whenever we visit each other.  From sitting quietly together in front of the TV to dining together at our kitchen table.  From dining out at a restaurant to walking in the mall or grocery shopping or walking outdoors.

These are the running commentaries that I have grown to expect and love. They are given so selflessly, freely, and so kindly and humbly. They are given from the heart!  They are given without me even having to ask!

They are filled with unique descriptions, expressions, boundless opinions, and so much more!

Ah, yes! That's my mom and these are her commentaries!

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Happy times! With Mom in her kitchen


It is one of my favourite times, with Mom in her kitchen.

She is at her stove, cooking, and I am standing close by, chatting with her. She describes what she is doing and then she lets me taste her cooking creations.

I taste, I think, and then I give her my feedback. Sometimes she adds more ingredients or maybe she would alter some ingredients; then she lets me taste again.

Sometimes I get to be her baking assistant. I grease the pans, chop vegetables for a salad, peel potatoes and hard boiled eggs, and then I always do the dishes.

I often fetch things for her from the fridge or help her to pack away groceries. I often share snacks with her but the most enjoyable and meaningful times are when we get to eat together in her kitchen. These are
the most priceless and precious moments for me.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Meet my team! Mom and me at the airport


She is my eyes and I am her ears. She sees everything for me and I hear everything for her.

We rarely miss much. We are both very comfortable in our roles. We help each other and we protect each other. We look out for each other and we explain things to each other.

When agents explain things, I listen and then I relay info to Mom.  I need to speak a bit loudly to her so that she can hear me.  Whenever agents approach and start speaking, Mom tells me that they are speaking to us and then I do my part.

We make an excellent team. 

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Just my personal perspective: Air travel is for the birds


I am very sure that many travelers would readily agree with me but when one is blind or vision-impaired it makes matters even worse.  Why is this?

Because we need to depend on others to help us, whether they are agents or fellow passengers.  If we do not get the appropriate or required assistance then we are in huge difficulty.

If we are unable to hear announcements on the intercom then this leaves us at a huge disadvantage.  If we are unaware of a gate change then this, too, is a huge challenge. If we need to visit the washroom before boarding and there is no one to help us, then we are in big trouble.

For me, as a vision-impaired traveler, it is nerve racking and there are so many anxious and stressful moments.  I have met several wonderful agents and fellow passengers along the way but I have also met persons who, due to no fault of theirs, were either not well-trained or simply did not know how to assist me.

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

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