Up at weigh in and mobility lessons!

I was up half a pound at weigh in this morning! I’m not worried though because I’ve been exercising a lot, so its probably muscle. I didnt stay for group today, instead I went to the store to get the ingredients to make a shepherds pie tomorrow evening with my PA. I’m hopeful I’ll be down next week. Fingers crossed for me!

A mobility instructor just rang me and she wants to meet me today to go over what I want to learn, what routes I want to do around my home area etc. So she’s coming out to visit me at 2 PM. I am excited but nervous at the same time! I havent used a long cane in years. I hope it goes well for me! We arent going out or anything today, we’re just going to chat and see what we’ll do when we start the lessons. This will be a whole new chapter for me! I hate the long cane and would prefer a dog, but for now, I’ll have to use the long cane.

Putting on makeup as a blind person

So earlier today I posted pics of myself with my makeup all done.

I did that makeup myself. I’ve never done that before. Every time I wear makeup I always get someone else to put it on for me.

For christmas my sister gave me really good makeup. It was an expensive brand. One she uses and one she’s used on me before as well.

Today I decided to try it out and I decided I’d do it myself. Its not easy being blind and applying makeup. I got my sister to sit with me while I attempted to apply it. I wanted her to tell me what I had to do to get it right.

It turned out nice. Of course my mom and sister did laugh a few times, because I was doing it wrong. I had to tell them to quit it as it was making me feel bad. They said though when I got done and was finished that I did good.

Even my 11 year old niece said, for a person who cant see what they are doing, you did well. That meant so much to me.

I am going to practice putting the make up on for a few days, and then if I keep getting it right, I will wear a little every day. Just a little foundation, powder and blush and maybe a little eye shadow as well. I’m not able to apply the lipstick too good by myself, so I think for now I’ll just use lip gloss.

I’m happy with how it all turned out. I’m happy too that I’ve got good makeup now that I can wear daily if I choose to do that.

Aftercare visit with Nitro!

I just got a phone call from the guide dogs school, someone is coming out next Tuesday morning, to do an aftercare visit with me and Nitro!
It is time for Nitro to retire! I’m not exactly sure if it will happen next week, but it will definitely be happening soon!
He’s 9 this coming Friday!
He’s at that age where they retire!
The trainer whose coming out, I dont know him. I sorta wish it was Nitros trainer Nathalie who was coming out to visit me, but you dont get a choice in who does the aftercare with you.
I am really nervous about this visit! I just hope things go well.
Please keep us in your thoughts, its happening next Tuesday at 11 AM!

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An interesting article on disability!

I just read this interesting article! I thought it was a good read! I am interested to know what other people think of it!

I’m Not a Person with a Disability. I’m an Disabled Person

Conference

We had a great time at the conference yesterday. It was a lovely day.

There were a lot of talks from disabled people who are in employment. There was a talk from a visually impaired girl who used to be a teacher, she actually taught me a few years ago. It was so nice to catch up with her.

There was a talk from a blind accountant. And a guy who worked in the civil service.

And there was a talk from a blind psychotherapist. She gave a great talk on mental health and wellbeing.

It was so interesting. We also had talks from people from our local university, from the disability support office in the university. And there were also people from the local employment service speaking, and a job coach from employability, which I was glad to hear as I am waiting to see a job coach at the moment.

Lunch was provided for us, and in the morning there was tea and coffee and scones and croissants. In the afternoon there were technology demonstrations. I got to see the newest braille display. The orbit its called. I have never owned a braille display before. I dont think I’d like one. I prefer apple products and my laptop.

Overall it was a great day. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking forward to giving the NCBI feedback on how the day went.

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going to a Conference

I am going to a conference this morning. Its a technology and employment conference, that is organised by the national council for the blind. Its just for visually impaired people. There will be a lot of talks from other visually impaired people, people who are employed, and technology venders, and in the afternoon, there will be demos of adaptive technology aids for the visually impaired. the conference is free of charge, so I thought I’d go to it. We’ll also get lunch while we’re there. I was told there will be around 50 people going. I will probably know most of them.
I am looking forward to it. I will enjoy the tech demos. It will be interesting to see what new things are out there that will make life easier for me as a blind person.
The conference will last from 10 AM until 5 pm. So all day. I’ll write more about it later this evening.

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Appointment with my resource worker at NCBI tomorrow

I have an apt with Catrina my resource worker at the national council for the blind in the morning. Its about employment, but I am not sure what we’ll actually be doing. I went to her a few weeks ago to do some work on job skills, and we did a personality test also. She didn’t tell me what this session is going to be about. all she said is, it will take an hour and a half. So I am wondering now what it will be all about.  I am a little anxious about it if I am honest.  I am still just getting to know her and its hard to open up to her.  I don’t know her well enough to be totally honest with her, although I do try to be as open as I can be with her. And I did tell her about my mental health difficulties.  I just hope that the apt goes well and is beneficial to me.  I guess we’ll see in the morning. I hope I can sleep tonight, but right now I am thinking I really don’t know if I will or not. I am hoping I do though.