Friday, July 31, 2020

It's the new norm: Self isolation for me

I know that for many of my vision-impaired colleagues self isolation is more than a challenge, but for me it is somewhat of a mixed bag. For whereas I don't mind working from home, as I have been doing this now for several years, it means that like the rest of the world, face-to-face socializing has become less frequent and has been replaced by virtual interaction.

Thanks to my good friend, Stephanie, I can still do my weekly errands and we make it once weekly. Sandra is a wonderful neighbour and helps me with reading my mail and whatever else I need her to do when I need sighted assistance.  My highlight of the week is my Monday phone call with my dear friend Gabriella.

This wonderful person and friend shares her activities with me. She describes all kinds of outdoor activities around her: what mother nature is up to, descriptions of flowers, plants, and squirrels, raccoons, and bunnies.

Thanks to Gabriella's descriptions of her walks, on Facebook, I can visualize the outdoors and sometimes she describes certain products to me on the Internet.

So you see, my self isolation is bearable and I won't complain except to yearn to see my mom and my family. However, and thanks to my sister in law, Gayle, I have the luxury of doing Facetime sessions and Mom can see me.

I also do Facetime sessions with my auntie Angie in England every few weeks and this sure helps.

So, bundle all of this with those almost daily Zoom meetings and all is okay.

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

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