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.
TIP 6: Carry a rechargeable flashlight
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