My Future with Macular Degeneration and Modern Technology
(AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND)
My dads genes...so many memories of what is to come. Each day, now 10 yrs from diagnosis, presents new challenges, and down times too.
One eye is no TV, the other eye is half a frame. I am not a TV addict, and turn to talking books - my SANITY SAVERS. I love them.
I look to the future, knowing next year I will not be shopping alone again; I'll always be with someone.
This year determination takes me out in a half price taxi on my own. I must do this to keep confidence and independence, until the days come when have to have company always because of my
dry macular degeneration.
Tis hard, walking around shopping malls, not seeing faces at all, hoping anyone knowing me will advance to me. There are voices saying 'hello' to me but I don't see their face.
I MUST keep being independent if I can. MODERN TECHNOLOGY, in computers, I am so lucky I have that, enlarge, zoom, magnifying mouse, I love my mouse, and the printer amazingly prints off normal size!
As life progresses, so does all this technology. I Google words and find more. I do not know anyone with this retinal eye disease. I just wish I could find a companion to exchange new findings with. I am 77 years of age.
Sometimes I walk into a dark (to me) room, and see my husband reading the daily paper - "in the dark" I say! Not so he says. I am adapting to this dark world, and the world outside is often just a white fog.
Little bumps on switches, remotes, phones, no straight lines anymore. We, who have macular degeneration, live in a different world don't we...but...I do laugh at all the crooked fences I pass,lamp posts 'leaning over' that only I can see.
Let us laugh or there would be tears.
Thank you Elva for sharing not only your story but your heart with us. What device do you use for listening to your talking books?
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