Low Vision Awareness

Wow, am I happy to say so long to February. You see, February is Low Vision Awareness month (as Jane likes to say, see what I did there — I combined you see, with low vision…) I kept getting emails and reading posts on FaceBook about Low Vision Awareness Month. Believe me, I’m aware of low vision. I live it every day.

When people ask me what low vision is, I like to say, I can’t effing see and it can’t be fixed. It affects just about everything I do, from watching television to putting toothpaste on my toothbrush. It can be somewhat painful at times. Not pains in the eye, though I do have that on occasion, pains in my finger tips because I’ve hit the edge of a shelf while reaching for something. Pains in my hand, arm, or shoulder from walking into a protruding wall. Sometimes, it can be painful to others when I walk into them.

I’ve bitched and moaned enough here that all seven of my readers know that low vision is a very frustrating thing. I feel cheated by not being able to enjoy things like watching Jane’s softball games or one of Jake’s school plays. I go to support them and cheer for them. I would just love to be able get in the car and go to the store, visit a friend, or drop in on my parents without needing to plan ahead or having to wait for someone to take me.

So lets welcome March and celebrate National Frozen Food Month, National Peanut Month, National Craft Month, National Women’s History Month, and Red Cross Month to name only a few. You can wait until next February for Low Vision Awareness to return. Or, you can come spend some time with me and I’ll make you plenty aware of low vision.

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Eight Hours from Now…

It is hard not getting excited about the surgery.  I dream of all the good things I may be able to do, while knowing the risks that could dash my hopes either temporarily or longer.  I have never had eye surgery that improved my sight significantly.  I am really hoping that the only thing done is the cataract extraction.  While I will take any improvement over my current vision, I am hoping for 20/80 – 20/100.  I don’t know if my eye could even get to 20/80 — that is probably a best-case, the planets are aligned scenario.  20/100 is the third row down on the chart, the OPLB line on all the charts I read (not that I’ve read that one since early this millennium.)

I received many well wishes and good lucks today from my friends.  They are all greatly appreciated.  My involvement in this whole thing is easy.  I just have to lay there.  Eliz is the one that has the difficult job.  Beside all she does normally, which is just about everything, she’ll now have even more tasks — put eye drops in (as often as the Dunkin Donuts guy makes the donuts,) read everything to me (including email, orders from ForYourSalon.com, business/news/political/sports sites, and who knows what else,) lead me around everywhere, and do just about all my tasks running the business (which aren’t many, but it is more stuff to do.)  Her father once told me, after I mentioned a small problem Eliz was having, “Sorry, no refunds.”  Who’s looking for the refund now…

At this point, in my mind there were no other solutions to my eye trouble.  I won’t second guess my decision.  I wonder how it will turn out.  I’m hoping the planets are aligned.

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My First Post of the New Year!

Okay, so you knew that title was coming.  The last two weeks or so have been a blur (even more so than normal for me.)  We have put in so much time packing our inventory, shelving, equipment, and everything else and moving it to our much smaller warehouse and even our house.  It hasn’t helped that Eliz has had to it without much use of her left arm (she broke it on 23 Dec when she slipped off the final step of a step stool.)  She has managed to do a great job, especially backing our truck into the loading dock.

We wouldn’t have been able to get everything out as quickly as we did without a ton of help from Eliz’s sister Margaret and her husband Chris, along with Frankie, Michael, and Frank.  It is hard trying to pack stuff up and move it while also trying to help customers and ship orders placed online.  It will take us another week or two to get everything out of boxes and onto shelving units.  It is kind of tough right now when get orders.  Eliz was able to find all the products for the nine orders we shipped yesterday.  We received a couple of orders late today that will be a challenge tomorrow.

It is nice working from home though.  It will be nicer once everything is setup.  I was able to hook up the credit card machine today so we could deliver a couple of phone orders to local salons.  Bring your credit cards over and I’ll show you how it works…

We went to moldy premises today to get the final few things we had there out and to let Peco in to get a final meter reading.  While there, waiting for Peco, a customer called my mobile.  She has been in many times over the past month or two and wanted to come in to buy a few things before we exited the used salon furniture business.  She was surprised that today was it for that even though we told her in the past not to wait too long and had showed her the mold and mushrooms.  The customer was there for about five minutes when the woman from Peco showed up.  The woman from Peco told me they were going to shut the power off.  Not a problem for me.  Then she killed the power.  I was in the warehouse and realized our truck was still inside.  She wasn’t happy about it, but the woman from Peco turned the power back on long enough to get the huge door opened, the truck out, and the door closed.  I thanked her and gave her three cases of Disani water that hadn’t sold.

Meanwhile, the customer continued to look at things we had for sale using a flashlight.  She ended up buy about $55 worth of stuff, most of which we were going to put in the dumpster.  It was simply incredible.  I’m sorry we didn’t have more junk there for her to buy.

The customer took so long that we were late picking up an order of perms and developer from one of our buying partners.  Being late for that pushed everything else back; orders that should have been shipped out today will go tomorrow (we received the orders today, so it isn’t that bad that they’ll take an extra day,) the local deliveries were made later than we like (though the salons were still open when we got to them between 6:30 and 7:00,) and dinner was not eaten until about 8:00, which is too late for the kids, in my opinion.  We did all this running around with our perm and developer order in the back of the car (okay, it’s an SUV — a 2010 Pilot.)  We had about 34 boxes of stuff in the car, plus a bin with the phone system in it.  Many of the developer and shampoo boxes contained gallons of product (four gallons per box.)  After dinner, I enjoyed carrying the boxes inside so they wouldn’t freeze overnight.  I figured that would burn enough calories so that I could have a small snack afterwards (I’ve been eating about 1500 calories per day since 10 December and have lost about 15 pounds.)

I’m looking forward to this new year.  We’re out of the mold and trying something different (going to customers more, instead of waiting for them to come to us.)  The beginning of the year is always hectic but fun.  Jane’s birthday is 2 Jan, Jacob’s is 7 Jan, as is my dad’s — he’ll be 92 on Thursday.  Once again, I’d like to wish all of you a happy and healthy year.

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