Coping

This is not an exhaustive list but helpful nonetheless.

One of the keys to being a successful VIP, is being ORGANIZED.

I find it very important to have a place for everything, and everything in its place. I make sure that my kitchen drawers are all in order, as I do a lot of cooking. I make sure all spoons and utensils have the functioning end facing the back of the drawer, that way when I reach in I can feel for the type of spoon, gadget, or utensil that I need.

Kitchen cupboards are also organized with everything put back in the same spot. Even clothes drawers are arranged so that I can reach in without even looking, and know that everything will be where I put it. This practice goes completely out the window, when your partner is upset at you, and decides to move things, especially furniture. Ouch!!

When finding yourself disoriented in a strange place, or even a familiar one, do not PANIC! Stop right where you are immediately, and look/listen for a familiar landmark or object, Once you have done so , you can proceed to the nearest washroom and clean out your pants.

When I became disoriented in the past, a state of panic would set in, so I know how it feels. I have a friend whose wife was visually impaired, and found herself disoriented on a subway platform. She panicked and stepped off the platform right into a train. So please, make sure this doesn’t happen to you

It has been my practice to secure the strap of your cane around your wrist when you’re crossing a busy road. You don’t want to have to stop in the middle of the road and try to pick it up. Be careful where you do decide to use the strap, as it could get caught in a moving object, taking you with it.

It would appear that the driving public has little regard for the Visually impaired, or, pedestrians in general. So it is imperative that you don’t take it for granted that it is safe to cross the street, when the light turns green. Always make sure that the way is clear before stepping off the curb.

Cardinal rule when living with a VIP, never leave a door half open. This is divorce material (just kidding) but it is a definite no-no. Do you have any idea how much that hurts? So please, no half-open doors.

My doctor once told me that it would be a good idea to wear sunglasses whenever you venture outside. The sun’s ultraviolet rays, naturally destroy the eyes’ retina, wearing any kind of ‘Blue Blocker’ glasses reduces this risk. Even if it is a cloudy day, the rays will still penetrate through the clouds. The Blue Blockers are also soothing on the eyes, and decrease the time it takes, to adjust from going from a dark area to a light area. I find they also reduce the ‘light show’ we all seem to experience.

I find that when I am filling a cup with liquid, like beer, water, juice etc., I hold the tip of my index finger, just inside the lip of the container, about 1/2 inch down. I then poor the liquid in slowly, until I feel it touch my finger tip. This allows me to fill my cup without spilling fluid all over the counter. You don’t want to be wasting any beer.

Notice I said cup, I get the willies when using gglass, I’ve had too many experiences with knocking over glass cups and having them smash on the floor.