Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Blind Leading mrpeenee

I am immensely nearsighted. I have 20/500 vision - what other people can see at 500 feet, has to be 20 feet away for me to see it in focus If you were to look through a pane of glass thickly smeared with Vaseline, you’d have a close approximation of what I see without my contacts. Normally, it’s not really a problem; I’ve worn glasses or contacts almost all my life, I get up, put them on and leave them on until I go to bed. It only becomes problematic when, on days like today, I have a scratch on my eye that has worsened throughout the day to the point where I can’t wear my contacts and don’t have my glasses with me. So I sit here at my desk blind as a gay bat, typing by touch (god knows what I’m spelling) and hoping the sound of my busy keyboard will shield me from my office mates.

No, I cannot attend a meeting, unless we spring for a seeing-eye dog first. No, I cannot edit your stupid text until I learn Braille. No, I can’t see you now because I can’t SEE you. Go away.

If I sit really still, maybe I won’t bump into anything.

6 comments:

  1. why am i even leaving a comment!?!

    you can't see it after all.

    seriously, i hope the scratchy eye isn't something that will get worse.

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  2. Why how sweet. Sort of. I'll be fine. One of the first things you learn with wearing contacts is how fast your eye heals. It should be okay by tomorrow.

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  3. Dear me that sounds drattedly inconvenient... my vision is about minus four and a bit on a contact lens script. If that means anything to you... and that's inconvenient enough for me...

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  4. Honey, I just hope you were able to see well enough to get home!

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  5. Gosh, you're not still trapped there, I hope, are you?

    And bumping into things could be kind of fun...depending on what they are.

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  6. Thanks to all of you (again, sort of) for your rather inflated concerns. I made it home just fine, thank you.

    And Jason, you obvisouly have never seen my office if you think bumping into anything here might be considered fun.

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