I know people have had questions about my blindness and I wanted to say feel free to ask. I will answer them the best I can. Or for that matter if you have questions about anything feel free to ask. I will try to answer any questions. If you need directions I may not be the best person to ask though, because I don’t even know how to get home from work. I mean by driving. If you want to know how to get somewhere by metro I am your gal.
So any questions just ask away.
On my last post just Jamie said:
Hi Angela. Not trying to be ignorant, truly just curious. How do you and Cullen do movie night? Do you have limited vision? Does the sound say enough? Your
life fascinates me. That's all.
I feel boring at times, but it is good that I don’t appear that way. Now to answer the question. I have all my peripheral vision so I can see off to the sides. This means I can see things moving. I can’t always tell what is moving though. I also have a tiny spot of central vision in my right eye. I can only see two letters on the computer screen at one time. I get a headache from trying to use that too much. I love watching movies and going to the theater. Usually when I go to the theater to see a movie I go to the one that is playing with descriptive video. Descriptive video is a cool feature for people who have very very bad vision. How I get this wonderful thing. I check on the internet to see what movie is playing with descriptive video. I hope it is one that I want to see. The theaters change the movies that are playing with descriptive video, but usually only one movie has the feature at a time. Today one movie may have it and tomorrow they change the movie in that room. So, I say to myself “I would like to see that”. I arrive at the theater get my ticket and ask for the descriptive video head set. I have to ask four or five people, because no one knows exactly what I want. I have been given the head set that makes the sound louder and not descriptive many times. I guess they assume a blind person also has trouble hearing. After I get the correct head set I go to the correct room and pick a spot. I like to sit on the left side of the theater because my right eye is a bit better. Well anyway I put the head set on only one ear. The head set plays commentary.
You see a man run down the street.
The descriptive video would actually say
A tall man turns down a side walk and runs toward a slender brunette carrying the credit card she left at the diner
I love descriptive video. It gives me a great movie experience. I would have missed all these little things with out it.
Unfortunately most DVD rentals don’t come with descriptive video. My husband is then requested to describe. I am grateful for his description, but on occasion well about four or five times throughout the movie I have to remind him that I am blind and don’t know what the heck is going on. He then pauses the movie and fills me in. Over the past eight years that we have been watching movies together he has gotten much better at his descriptive skills.
Watching movies alone is not so much fun for me unless I have seen the movie several times before, because I don’t know exactly what has happened. At these times I call my mom who lives in Idaho. I ask her about the movie. She usually has seen it and then fills me in.
TV watching is a bit easier, because most television shows are very verbal. I can usually tell what is going on based upon the dialog.
To also give you an example of what I see when I watch TV. The next time you are watching TV look above the TV and not at the TV. You can tell something is going on but not exactly what.
I hope that was descriptive enough (get it, descriptive video, sorry blind humor)
Well, that was a long post.
I hope that answered your question just Jamie
I will be eagerly awaiting more questions.