I want to be clear, I do not wish for pity nor is this a post about self-pity, but one of hope and determination! I wish to share something really cool for those who may be suffering from visual impairment at this moment.
To start off, recently I have been experiencing a painful change with my vision. It’s becoming increasingly hard for me to read and write, in spite of the fact that I have my web fonts set on a large setting. The issue is, although my browser is set to large fonts, parts of certain websites and blogs will not adhere to such settings.
For a while now, I’ve been unable to read certain blogs of others I follow, because the font is just too small and impossible for my eyes. I’ve been unable to enjoy YouTube comments nor the comments on other sites.
And even though my blog editor does adhere to the font changes, my actual posts are beyond my reading most of the time. Not only that, I am unable to see the ruled lines on my notebook paper and taking science notes has been difficult, to say the least.
So, for a few weeks I have felt a little depressed about it. However, the good news is that I do have a Mayo Clinic appointment for the end of December! I got a letter from them, some weeks ago, and I felt so very nervous as my sister read it for me.
I was so use to letters being rejection ones and I feared that the Mayo Clinic was notifying me with the standard, “Thank you for submitting your eyes for review. However, we’re sorry to inform that your eyes are not marketable at this time…”
I know, that’s silly to worry about, but it didn’t stop me from hunching my shoulders in anxiety and ask my sister timidly, “What does it say?” Of course I “got in” and I began to cheer over the good news! I made it into Hogwarts! I’m a Wizard, Harry! ^_^v
My therapist made the remark that perhaps my Christmas gift this year will be the gift of sight, That’s a wonderful thought, as it would be the best gift on the planet and the best Christmas for me!
Even though I have an abundance of hope now, I still felt a lot bummed about my lack of reading ability online lately. However, it’s just like me to be stubborn and search for another solution…
As I type this, I’m hearing a robotic UK male voice, reading back what I’ve typed. He reads my blogs for me and any website I wish him to, by the click of a mouse.
I found this reading program, for the visually impaired, free for the browser Google Chrome, it’s called: ChromeVox. It’s not perfect, but it allows me to enjoy websites again. I wanted to share this link for those who may really need it or for the curious.
There are a list of voices to choose from, but I personally chose the “UK English Male”, because I am sure that I won’t become bored or annoyed with his voice too soon. I’m considering giving him a name, for silliness sake. Hmm… Maybe I’ll call him Rupert! I don’t know why I like that name so much. =p
Actually, now that I’ve spent Sunday testing out the program on my blog, the blogs I follow, YouTube comments, and any other site I could think of, I feel a lot better again. I feel less isolated from the web now.
I am constantly fighting my eye disease and I’m not making it easy for it to bring me down. It’s a crappy situation, but I shall persevere. It’s just the sort of person I am, is all.
On Thursday, I will celebrate my 35th birthday… whew. I’m getting old. Anyway, I look forward to celebrating another year of life, with my family. I may be silent on this particular blog for a short while, but don’t worry, I’ll be back!
In the meanwhile, here’s a song-hug for my dear readers: Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World.
Thanks for reading, as always! ^_^v