Thursday, January 20, 2011

Should I wear a scarlet letter?

I live in this in between place of not quite being a sighted person, and not quite a blind person.

So when I was first going through the initial appointments, my tennis ladies/friends all knew what was going on. It was natural and easy telling them, because they were there when it was happening.

So I met this new neighbor at the end of the pool season last year. I liked her right away, and thought we could be friends, but I got busy. Finally, I made a lunch date with her (my new years resolution was to work on friendships more). We had a nice lunch, lots of talking, and we have a lot in common. She could definitely become a friend. Do you just let it come up one day?

None of PTA mom friends know. The school doesn't know.

See you don't want people to feel sorry for you, or to be a debbie downer. But I can't see things sometime, like when people try to fist bump after a project. Or a new tennis partner tries to high five me, and I just stand there smiling like an idiot. Or there is the fact that I am a reverse vampire, and I do not drive after dark. I mean I have some pretty bizarre behaviors to accomadate myself. Like tapping towards the bottom of the staircase to make sure I am down. I used to think I was a spaz, but now I have a diagnosis to blame it on.

At some point, I will not drive at all. And carry a cane. But even then, I think I will have significant vision left. I mean you can be significantly visually impaired and still have significant sight. This is so weird. I am considering handing out disclosures to people I meet, but that might seem weird, lol.

Maybe, I will just post my blog to facebook one day.....

1 comment:

  1. name is Lacey. Becky sent me your blog link because she knew that we would have a lot in common. And boy was she right about that! I feel like I could be the one writing these posts that you have written on here! It's amazing. I too have RP....I am legally blind already and quit driving altogether a little over 2 years ago. I would love to communicate more with you. Please e-mail me if you're interested. My address is laceyDOTrignellATgmailDOTcom