Yesterday I found out that my old PA amanda isnt coming back to work! I dont know why. I dont know what happened. And I dont think I will ever know.
My current PA Frances was made permanent! I am so glad! I like her, we get along, she’s very nice.
We have a great working relationship!
If Amanda had come back, I wasnt going to continue to work with her, I’d already asked for that to happen!
It feels nice to have the security of a permanent PA again!
I’ve had to change PAS a lot over the last number of years! I hope this time I wont have to for a long time!
So this is the conversation that took place in the car between my 11 year old niece Lauren and I yesterday.
Lauren: Can you see colors? Or what do you see?
Me: No, I cant see any colors.
Lauren: So its all black?
Me: Well no, its not black either. I know when its dark and bright, but thats just something in my brain that makes it like that, its not actually my eyes showing me that.
Lauren: But why?
Me: Well I have no backs to my eyes. I was born without them.
Lauren: But cant you get new backs?
Me: Unfortunately not sweetie. You have to grow with them, you cant replace them.
Lauren: But cant you get surgery?
Me: Well if I had millions of bucks I would.
Lauren: But can you actually get surgery to fix your eyes?
Me: I dunno hun, I doubt it.
Lauren: I’d hate to not be able to see.
Me: Oh I dont mind, why would you hate it?
Lauren: I’d be so paranoid not being able to see.
Bless her. The innocence of it. Its the first time she’s really spoken to me about my blindness, besides asking a few questions about it when she was younger.
She must have been thinking about it. She’s at that age now, where she wants answers to everything.
Nitro comes for a cuddle
Then I decide
To let him out
Walk to the back door
Breathe in the fresh air
Not a sound
Not even a bird
Good morning world!
I found this post from another blind blogger. its really good. I wanted to share it here on my own blog. If you have time check it out.
Its well worth a read!
The Do’s and Don’ts When Interacting with a Blind or Visually Impaired Person
Well, I’ve walked myself into it now! I got a call this afternoon from a girl at irish guide dogs. She asked me if they can use photos of me and nitro, for a campaign they are doing, targeting taxi drivers, the campaign is for the transport authority, to let taxi drivers know that they cant refuse guide dogs, that its actually against the law for them to refuse a blind person and their dog!
I gave her permission to use my photo, but then I decided to tell her about my negative experiences with a taxi firm I use, how some drivers refuse to pick me up, and their excuse is that they dont want to deal with dog hair!
Hello? I brush my dog every day! But he still sheds! Its what dogs do for fuck sake.
Anyway, on hearing my story, she said to me, well, we’re actually looking for a negative experience from a service user, can I use yours?
So I guess my story is now being broadcast to hundreds of taxi drivers across the country! Talk about being a voice for change! If this doesnt change something, then I dont know what will!
I’m happy to help, though.
Nitro is having a bit of a night of it. He’s heaving and trying to puke. I had to let him out in the back yard! I am hoping he wont actually puke, as I hate cleaning up dog vomit! Its so gross. I hope he is just feeling a little off but that he will be ok in a little while. He did vomit a little, but it was outside, thank goodness. I got him out before he actually puked. I just hope he’ll be ok now and thats the end of it for him and for me too! I really want him to be feeling ok, and feeling better again
Did you know?
That today is Seeing Eye Day? In 1929, The Seeing Eye was incorporated in Nashville, Tennessee. The company’s purpose was to train dogs to guide the blind. The Seeing Eye, Inc. is the oldest existing guide dog school in the world. Twelve times a year, as many as 24 students at a time visit the Morristown, N.J. campus to discover the exhilarating experience of traveling with a Seeing Eye dog.