Even though i’m usually quite a confident person, there’s actually a lot that scares me being visually impaired, and I thought that I would tell you five of them.
- Wet Floor Signs.
Picture the scene if you can… I’ve decided to head into Leeds, so I catch the Bus into Bradford, and eventually walk into the Bradford Interchange and head to the train platform’s using the escalators that are located opposite the door. So, i’m walking along and swishing my white cane from left to right, but because the cleaning staff have recently cleaned the floor in between the door and the escalators, they’ve laid out a wet floor sign so that no one slips and hurts themselves. The only trouble with this however, is that because the wet floor sign is so close to the floor, I don’t notice it when i’m swishing my white cane and often send it flying off into the distance. I wouldn’t mind, but because the wet floor sign is usually out of my eye line, I can’t tell whether i’ve actually hit a wet floor sign, a person, or something else like a wall or a bin.
- Camera Flashes.
I know that it might sound a little strange to be scared of camera flashes, but being invited to a blogging event with a lot of other bloggers, means that i’m constantly surrounded by them, and because I have a slight bit of light sensitivity, it means that whenever a camera flash goes off in my eye line, my eyes react by doing something that I lovingly call “Purple Eye”, which is where tiny flecks of imaginary purple confetti start to float around my eyes.
- Loud Noises.
I’m not sure if this is because my ears are a little bit more attuned to my surroundings than most people’s are, but whenever I hear a loud noise, like a glass being banged on a table for instance, it always makes me flinch or gasp a little.
- Hybrid Cars.
Picture the scene if you can… I’m just about to cross the road, so I place my white cane on the edge of the curb and use my ears to figure out whether there are any cars coming or not. I eventually figure out that there isn’t, and start to cross the road. But because a silent hybrid car is also coming down the road at the same time, I don’t hear it coming until I feel it’s vibrations a couple of inches away from me, meaning that I only just miss being run over.
i think it’s because I can’t actually tell whether a Bug is in the room or not until I hear it buzzing past my ear. But whenever I hear a Bug, whether it’s a Fly, a Bee, or a Wasp, I instantly freeze like a statue until i’m certain that it’s left the room, as I don’t actually know where it is, or what it’s going to do.
There’s a lot more things that scare me being visually impaired, but I thought that I would just tell you five of them.
Is there anything that scares you being visually impaired? What is it? Why are you scared of it? Please let me know down below.
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