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  •  Service animal :-) (26+ / 0-)

    I left out the other occupants of this house, my sister's dogs, fouur shelties (including the 201 AKC agility dog 12-inch shoulder height national champion Angel) and a border collie.  For her own safety I had to give up my cockatoo Pearl to local Bird Rescue, but I did keep my budgie Semolina who is much less likely to attract canine attention.

    Yes to the adaptive equipment, as tech-nerdy as I can somehow manage myself to be.  Unfortunately I tend to fall into the steampunk anachronism pool, so even the helper tech will be a challenge to me.

    I hope your never-fully-diagnosed health problems at least lend themselves to being managed.  It sounds as though you have a good handle on the mental/psychological aspects, which is a very good thing and something I'm sure I never fully appreciated until I had to deal with this.    The thing that's been toughest for me to deal with is what my sister calls the "no visible handicap" issue, where even family members and health-care workers act as though I am a sighted person.

    There's somebody your handle never fails to call to mind for me.  In the summer of 1975, I was on leave from Offutt AFB in Nebraska, and I decided to spend my week in Colorado (that was as clear as my plan was).  Anyway, I ended up in Boulder, where I met a woman a couple years older than myself, who made that a very special time for me.  And yes, her name was Ginny.  So every time I see your handle, I think of her,  (You don't have red hair by any chance...?)

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by ActivistGuy on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 11:22:31 PM PST

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    •  As I said above, since you are a nerd you might (10+ / 0-)

      like to know that you can actually learn to navigate by ecolocation without the use of any technology just like bats do.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 11:30:41 PM PST

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    •  Yeah, it sounds like (10+ / 0-)

      a service dog is out of the equation for as long as you live with your sister.  Many agencies that give service dogs won't allow pet dogs to reside in the same place.

      Shelties and collies normally aren't bird chasing dogs as they aren't bred for hunting. But I can understand your concern when there are that many dogs around.

      I hear you on the "no visible handicap" - as a hearing impaired person, everyone assumes I can hear or that I'm rude or snobbish.

      Once you're adapted to whatever level your sight settles at, you may find yourself relocating again to someplace else. My daughter works for the Disabled and Blind Rehabilitation Department, and a lot of her blind clients live alone and do quite well.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 07:12:23 AM PST

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      •  The friend I mentioned above (1+ / 0-)
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        lived alone, in a small apartment not too far from where Mr. Scribe and I lived. (That's actually how we met; she rode the same bus I did and that Mr. Scribe occasionally drove depending on his quarterly bid, and she got off at the stop past mine.) It's just a matter of having someone help out in setting things up -- marking cans so you don't mistake tomato soup for tomato sauce and the like.

        There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

        by Cali Scribe on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 09:53:24 AM PST

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    •  The diagnostic effort is in progress (3+ / 0-)
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      It just resembles the worst case scenarios imagined by people who are convinced socialized medicine is far worse than our for profit for some system.

      Shelties can be great support animals if they are able to adjust to the new person. That's pretty much the specific dogs, person and situation.  Sorry you had to part with Pearl.

      The no-visible handicap is very common. I have been thinking for over a year my family could have wrapped their minds around a stroke or cancer far better than what I am dealing with. Since I've had to go on oxygen they are just puzzled.

      The adaptation options are like anything else, develop a combination of tech, people, services, etc. that works for you. If something just makes you too distracted to function without constantly getting off task, it isn't worth it.

      In '75 my hair had a lot of red highlights and I was a new bride in Radnor, PA.    I'm very glad the memories triggered are happy ones ;)

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 10:31:20 AM PST

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