This is one of my biggest pet peeves in both my personal and work life. I am not the organized person but I do have a lot of systems of where I put things. That doesn’t mean that I don’t carelessly or in a tired state put something somewhere that I’ll never remember, but I do try to put things in the same place most times. Therefore, when somebody comes in and moves something or tries to help me by picking up or cleaning up and puts things elsewhere, or when somebody is looking for something at my desk and moves things around a little bit, or when the work cleaning people move things around, etc., I have trouble. I cannot just take a quick scan around the room to find something. With the limited field of vision I have and the poor acuity, I have to make sure that I look at each little area of the room and stare at it if I have any hope of finding what I am looking for. I also have to do the traditional handsweep and move my hand around the surfaces I think it might be on. One of the biggest annoyances lately related to this is the work refrigerator. For awhile, I had my section that I thought everybody knew was mine and nobody would move my food and drink out of that section. But somehow that slowly stopped happening and I had to put my stuff in other places. I would know where I put something that morning but the problem is it wouldn’t stay there. Sometimes it would even go missing.. I would think that it was just somewhere else in the fridge but then I would ask others and they wouldn’t be able to find it either. So that’s becoming pretty frustrating. But I have talked to my Area Manager about it and as we continue to educate our office together on blindness, we might make a point about this. I’m blessed to have a manager who gets all of this and supports me. Losing vision isn’t easy. Losing vision while having a very important and fast-paced job is extremely difficult, but having a manager that is incredibly supportive and gets it, is an incredible blessing.
Jessica N and Makiko
Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs. View all posts by Jessica N and Makiko