My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Friday, October 10, 2008

But, can you still drive?

A conversation that I always find amusing goes like this ...
"Are you training that dog?" me: No, she is my guide dog, I have reetinitis pigmentosa and have 3% vision remainig in the center (usually forming my hands in a tunnel like)so she is very helpful ... (blah, blah whatever fits the conversation)I'm legally blind ... "Oh, that is cool... but can you still drive?" then I smile and say no ... (sometimes a longer discussion) but it just is always so funny that after I have just told someone that I can only see the size of a quarter if it is right in front of me - do you really want to even consider me on the roads?

Anyone have a better way to explain?


Susan and Dan said...

"Are you training that dog?"
really irritates me. I hear it up to ten times a day depending on how busy we are.
To me it does not show sincere interest in either of us, I resent having to explain my medical history.
Wish I could be more open hearted about this.
They might as well say 'you're dog looks like a first grader' and 'you look fine to me'. Great! Now where does the conversation go? "good bye'

Becky said...

Agree ... makes for some interesting conversations. I was once on an elevator with my opthalmologist when someone asked me about my eyes -- he found it SO amusing because he had seen them and knew I really did need the dog.