For Those Of You Who Didn’t Know…
Technically, after my TBI, I’m legally blind. I know that sounds weird because I do pretty much everything I have always done. Besides drive of course. I have adapted to my lack of depth perception and can do things pretty well considering.
Knowing The Farm Like The Back of My Hand Helps
I pretty much know the lay of the ground on the farm and can get around outside just fine under normal conditions. I don’t think that anyone who didn’t know I had vision problems would be able to tell that I have trouble with with depth perception and double vision.
Anyone who knows me already knows that I don’t like snow at all. The cold, the wetness, the slippery frozenness. I just have never liked it. I will admit it makes for pretty scenery for like thirty seconds before I have to go outside in it.
Much Harder To See
With my vision issues, I feel like it is way harder to see and get around with snow on the ground. If my depth perception was better I could distinguish better what was under all the whiteness.
I can’t really tell that very well now. I have to walk on the ramp up to my porch instead of the steps. Which I have gotten to know well enough that I have graduated to using the steps most of the time. Not on a snow day. We haven’t even gotten that much yet and I already couldn’t distinguish each stair from the other.
Something I Hadn’t Realized
This is a TBI issue that I did not know I had since it hasn’t snowed much since I have been walking and well enough to do barn work again.
It has only been a small dusting type coverings. When that happens I can feel more comfortable in my vision because I can still see the ground underneath a little bit.
Tired Eyes And Double Vision
As usual, the more I strain my eyes, the more I get double vision. Which leads to pain in the back of my eyes. Which causes headaches and sometimes migraines.
I don’t think that the sun is supposed to come out for a couple days. But add the sun bouncing off the snow and that makes it even tougher on my eyes.
Will My Eyes Always Be This Way?
Well, I don’t really know. My eye doctor has been disappointed the last few times I have seen him that there was little or no improvement. But like he said the brain surprises us, and it is possible my vision could improve. So I’m just going to keep on keepin’ on and be grateful that despite bad vision I have adapted well and can do the things I need to do without trouble most of the time!
What National Day Is It?
National Backward Day
National Inspire Your Heart With Art Day
National Hot Chocolate Day !
Wear your hat backwards, do some art, sip some hot chocolate and you are good to go!