Tonight I am tired but happy. My office had a big event today and it went very well. As I wrote in yesterday’s post, John is at Camp Koinonia for the week. I am going to spend as much time there as I can this week, but I do have to work. I am a bit limited in traveling back and forth because I absolutely cannot drive at night. My night vision is too bad and my eye doc “suggests” that I avoid it. My event went late today, so I could not make it to Camp tonight before dark. I am home without John tonight, for the second night in a row. This is odd for us, because we are rarely apart.
It’s good for me to experience doing things on my own. Since my vision began to deteriorate, it seems like I am depending on John more and more. It’s important that I force myself to stretch and do for myself the things I am able to do. I want to test the boundaries and not give up anything unless I absolutely have to.
Here are some things I have given up because of my vision:
- Driving at night – just not safe because I have poor night vision.
- Reading the newspaper – can’t read the small print.
- Reading books for pleasure – ditto above, plus, even with larger print the letters just seem to swim on the page after a few minutes.
- Cooking and baking when I need a recipe – reading again 😦 recipes and labels and measuring are all difficult and frustrating.
- Sewing and quilting – too difficult to do the fine work. Actually, it’s not really fair to put this on the lst, because I have not had time for it in a long time anyway.
Here are some things I can still do:
- Drive during the day – hooray!
- Read the newspaper online OR sit on the porch with John while he reads interesting stories to me (way more fun than it sounds).
- Listen to audio books – a huge selection of these are FREE to download from our local library. Plus, I have discovered podcasts, which can be really interesting.
- Cooking and baking when I have the recipe in my head – I can make many, many dishes for which I don’t need a recipe. OR I can “team bake” with John or one of the kids, which is a good, fun bonding activity.
- Photography has become my hobby of choice. I love taking photos and uploading them and “playing” with them on the computer. I really want to improve my ability.
I have to say that the items I have gained are (mostly) more fun than the items I have lost. My world continues to expand instead of closing in on me, as I had feared. I hope that I am always able to find something positive to replace anything I lose. Low vision has its limits, but imagination has none.