First Day of Rehab for Newly Blind Person

Scary is the best word I can think of for the first day at rehab. I walked in on the arm of my friend who was dropping me off for my first class at the Center for the Visually Impaired in downtown Atlanta. Not knowing what to expect gives pause for one’s imagination to run wild. If one has been sighted for her first forty years and now totally blind, each step is strange and frightening. Constant fear of rejection or falls or stumbles.

Stepping into this new world, I felt very small, a little like Alice in Wonderland only I wasn’t so sure this was going to be fun.

The second day I was bundled up walking Peachtree Street against the frosty wind, begging my mobility instructor to stop for hot chocolate while promising to entertain her with one of my stories. To my surprise, she guided me into the revolving door of Peachtree Plaza. Laughing, I thought maybe there will be “fun” times after all. As we sipped our refreshment, I marveled at how a car turning right on red as I stepped off the curb could be quite challenging. One had to have perfect hearing.

At break, I timidly tapped my way to the pay phone, fearful of walls and step downs. This was my sweet time– talking to my boyfriend . I admit I whined a little as I said, “the Legislature should change that “Right on Red” law. Jerry is a DOT civil engineer and he set me straight on this idea.

“Right on red “ saves Georgian’s lots of gasoline in a year’s time. I don’t imagine they would change a law which is economically sound.”

And I thought it was only for convenience. Read on by purchasing my memoir. Go to the book tab, “My Nightlife Is 24/7”. Braille Fail is one of my favorite stories in my book.
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"You can't depend on your vision when your imagination is out of focus." --Mark Twain

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Fiona Spoke Here:

  • American Council of the Blind
  • American Library Association
  • Asso. of Teacher Educators
  • Atlanta's Paralympics
  • Bregman Conference
  • Callaway Gardens
  • Chic-fil-A
  • Galloway School
  • GAEL Conference
  • Georgia Dept of Family & Children's Services
  • Georgia Dept of Juvenile Justice
  • Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Helen Keller Foundation
  • Lake Lanier Villages
  • National Conference on Storytelling
  • National Council of the Teachers of English
  • N. Carolina Brain Injury Assn.
  • Project Lift
  • Riverside Academy
  • Salvation Army Auxiliary
  • SPADD Conference
  • St. Jude's Children's Hospital
  • Tommy Nobis Center
  • Youth Villages Author Series
  • Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus
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