We thought this might be an appropriate post as it’s half term this week….
There are elements of being blind that I find tricky to deal with. I’m a dad of 2 lovely children (ages 8 and 6 when writing this post) and enjoy spending time playing with them. I get frustrated when I can’t join in with some things like tennis or football (I keep missing the ball) but, with their support, can build Lego, play connect 4, etc. Both of them can ride their bikes without stabilisers and enjoy cycling around our cul-de-sac or going around the block with Errol (my guide dog) and I hot on their heels. On the whole, they play really nicely together and I, although being outside with them, don’t need to worry that they’re getting up to no good or being unsafe; I guess not being able to see them makes me rely a bit more on them looking out for themselves with me, every now and again, calling out to ensure that they are both safe. The bit that I find difficult is when I hear that familiar ‘splat’ noise followed by a painful cry… I can’t see what happened but know, just from the noise, that an accident has occurred and someone is down hurt. I generally know who it is from the cry but get this confirmed if it is my daughter that’s down with my son running along towards me shouting “Ne Na Ne Na Ne Na emergency”. I locate the injured party quickly and try and quickly establish what has happened, getting them back to their feet and making our way home. However, when they tell me there is blood then I struggle to know just how bad the cut is. I can normally tell by the amount of blood (if I can feel it running down there leg or something) but, more often than not, don’t really know if I need to seek further help. If Kelly (my wife) is around, then she will take over and clean up the wound, but if she isn’t, then I do my best using water and kitchen towel and our trusty ‘Mr Happy’ cool pad from the fridge. I guess that, if I felt it really serious, I would call upon a neighbour or call 999 but this is always a tricky decision to make.
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Our VIDA Insights...
Following our experiences from delivering our Vision Impairment Awareness training days over the past couple of years, we know that there’s loads more that we could talk about and examples we could have shared. Whilst these won’t be a substitute for our training, they will give you an insight (hence the name!) into our thoughts, observations and experiences from each of our perspectives - Dave’s living with sight loss and Vicky’s from being a sighted person and working alongside and supporting people who have sight loss.