When You’re Blind Even Your Apartment Can Be A Hazard

Since I don’t use Nash to lead me around my apartment, my apartment can be hazardous to my health, and has been so in the past. It has been a few years since I gave myself, or rather my apartment gave me a slight concussion. I also almost broke my nose about a year ago from running or walking really fast into the wall. But there are ways to make the apartment more blind friendly and safer. For example, even though I am only in a studio apartment, I keep the space very wide open so there aren’t as many obstacles to take me out. I got rid of the coffee table years ago, as I got fed up with all the shin injuries. I would advise those who are losing their vision that end tables are the safest way to go. I know that it may cut into your Fung Sche of your whole apartment, but it is worth it. Years ago I had someone from the Lighthouse come over to my apartment to place some blind friendly marks on common household appliances, but I guess the wear of the years has caused them to disappear. So this past week I headed back into the Lighthouse to meet with a home safety counselor. Funny that I had to go in to the Lighthouse to meet with someone about making the home safer, but I guess this is the way of the world, as I first had to go in for an assessment instead of them coming right in to the home. Now I have no idea what they were assessing. Maybe my ability to live on my own? Strange, as what were they going to tell me, we’re sorry but you shouldn’t be living alone? Ok, so what the hell do you suggest I do? Anyway, on Wednesday Nash and I headed over to the Lighthouse, and we had to take the bus. I lost my reduced far metro card 5 weeks ago, and they told me it would be here in 14 days, but of course, five weeks later and it is still not here. Amazingly, the bus still only makes me pay half fare without the card. Having seen the Charlie Sheen interview on Tuesday night, and it being fresh in my head, he didn’t look so crazy on Wednesday after our short bus ride. There was a woman on the bus who kept talking to Nash and yelling at me. Strange stuff. I just ignored it, figuring leave the crazies of the world to Charlie Sheen. We got off the bus and turned on to 59th street only to eventually realize we were on 58th street. We then got a little turned around in some construction, so I was a little annoyed when we got out of the construction, and a woman plowed right into me. She immediately said, “watch where you are going!” I fired back with “Are you expletive kidding me, I’m expletive blind you expletive expletive!” and she said “So am I!” Funny thing we both just kept going on our way. I was a little embarrassed having ripped into her so good, but I was still annoyed about the construction. After rounding the corner I felt a little bad, but recovered quickly. The woman that I met with at the Lighthouse was completely blind since birth. When I got into her office, and she fired up her computer, I started laughing, as I said, “wow what is that computer from 1970? The voice on the computer was so ancient it was quite shocking. Strange that the Lighthouse wouldn’t make some of their technology available to the people who work there ,but I guess limited budgets are affecting everybody, but really they do need to upgrade this poor woman’s system, I mean at least to 1980 technology. Considering that I am meeting with her to discuss the ways technology can help me in the home, it was a little hard to take everything seriously once I heard that computer speak. I was able to focus on what I was there for making my home safter. We went over everything from the cooking that I do not do, to appliances, to cleaning the apartment, which I can use some good advice on. She then talked to me about some of the things they could offer me, but it all comes down to the Commission For the Blind and them deciding what I need. Kind of a messed up situation and the way it all works. I passed the two hour assesssment with flying colors, and on Monday I move on to step two, having someone come to the apartment to implement the things we discussed. I am looking forward to seeing what little goodies I was approved for. Funny the answer to a lot of the questions was I use my Iphone to do that. They are going to help me rearrange my closet, as I can never tell what I am putting on, just if it fits or not. We will go over cleaning techniques, they will make my microwave more accessible with some touch and feel buttons, and hopefully offer any other suggestions that they have. I was a little surprised that the assessor wasn’t familiar with the Iphone and all of the great things it can do for someone who is blind. You would think the Lighthouse would make sure that their people were up to date on the latest and greatest things out there to make blind people’s lives better, but I guess in the end it all comes down to money. They say money can’t buy happiness, well it can make a blind guys life a lot safer and easier to live.

One Response to “When You’re Blind Even Your Apartment Can Be A Hazard”

  1. Barbara Fischler Says:

    sounds like a good thing…the assessment and all. Hope they come up with some goodies to make your life a lot easier…Perhaps you can teach them some stuff about the I-Phone….who knows they may need to hire you…..

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