TIP #6 FOR VISION LOSS

CARRY A RECHARGEABLE FLASHLIGHT

I was reminded of an important tip a few weeks ago when the long summer nights began to turn darker, earlier. 
 
Walking is my main method of getting around town. I am also extremely independent with my white cane. But as summer turns to fall, the evening light slips away more rapidly. After Bible study one evening, some friends stopped me to talk for a few minutes. I cast an anxious look out the window hoping it wouldn’t turn dark on me. Finally, I excused myself and left. 
 
It’s only about a half of a mile home but in the dark, I sometimes become disoriented. I rely on the shifting light from the streetlights too frequently. Three fourths of the way home, I stopped. Had I gone too far? Where was my house? I tried to find some distinguishing characteristics in the nearby yards. Uncertain, I took out my iPhone and turned on the navigator (gps) to find the rest of the way home. At only 350 yards or meters, I would have been lost. 
 
You would think I would remember my own tips.
 

Always have a flashlight on hand. 

 
But I didn’t. However, I asked for a ride home. The only problem with that was the driver parked in a dark area and I couldn’t orient myself to her car.  I couldn’t tell which direction it was facing! When she took me to the door, I couldn’t figure out immediately where the inside was vs the outside. Finally, I took a step. But it still felt wrong. 
 
“is this the front or the  back seat?” I asked, a little embarrassed to not be able to figure it out on my own. If I could have covered up my blunder, I would have! 
 
It was the front seat (of course!) so I stepped in, buckled up and rode home. 
 
Next time, I will remember my flashlight. 
And so should you.
VISION IMPAIRED TIP 6
TIP 6: Carry a rechargeable flashlight
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8 thoughts on “TIP 6: Carry a rechargeable flashlight

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  • September 25, 2017 at 2:51 pm
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    Dear I Have RP,
    Thanks for sharing my post!
    Amy

  • October 5, 2017 at 4:08 pm
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    Hi Sammi,
    Yes, i now use my iPhone to search for things. I traveled to India before i ever had an iPhone and boy was that a dark country! Thank goodness, I have the help of the guest guide to take me to my cottage at night!
    Thank you for taking time to comment!
    Amy

  • October 7, 2017 at 6:43 am
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    I have never thought of countries as being “dark” or “bright”, I guess because it could be dark or bright anywhere one might travel in the world. Here in Wyoming, like most other places I’ve been to) it is typically darkest at NIGHT lol. So you have a highly unique way of looking at things, ma’am! All the best to you.

  • October 7, 2017 at 12:28 pm
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    Hi Sammi,
    LOL. You are right. It IS darkest at night. You must have read my blog post about India. That’s where I wrote about a country being dark. “The Night Raged On”? I have always thought Wyoming to be a beautiful state. My uncle on my father’s side lived there for ages. His son used to be in the rodeo.
    Thank you for reading my post and taking time to comment. Don’t be a stranger now! Come back to visit again!
    Amy

  • October 13, 2017 at 11:31 pm
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    I didn’t read any post about India. You just replied to me for some reason that you went to India after I said I used my iPhone flashlight. I didn’t really get the connection either. LOL. All the best to you.
    Sammi

  • October 14, 2017 at 12:59 am
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    Hi Sammi,
    Oh I just misunderstood. This is part of your earlier comment on that post, which I commented on.:”I have never thought of countries as being “dark” or “bright”, I guess because it could be dark or bright anywhere one might travel in the world.” so I thought you may have my article.
    http://amybovaird.com/the-night-raged-on/ Take a look.

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