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Ask The Coach
July 2022

Original Release: 7/10/2022

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How many times do we find ourselves either stuck or stymied, overwhelmed or overcome because of vision loss?

Or how many times do we find ourselves in a quandary or sinking in quick sand because of our sight loss?

No matter if we use the term blind or vision impaired or low vision to describe our circumstance, the fact remains that we often need varying degrees of help, assistance, mentoring, or advice to help us cope.

My name is Donna Jodhan and I am using my extensive experience as a sight loss coach as well as my lived experience to share and respond to questions that are submitted to me and I also invite you to share your thoughts on questions asked.

Question #1 of 3:

A question from Carina in the Netherlands: Carina would like to know how to know when there are ants in her food.

Response #1 of 3:

Carina, this is probably one of the most difficult things for a blind/vision impaired person to be able to determine.

Personally, if there is a sighted person around I ask them but if there is no one then I am in big trouble.

I normally take more care to make sure that ants are not in my food if I am eating outdoors.

I cover my food if I need to leave it for a minute but this does not guarantee that ants would not get into it.

Question #2 of 3:

A question from Pete in Madison Wisconsin: Pete would like to know how does a blind person know when flies are around.

Response #2 of 3:

Pete, this is another difficult thing to determine.

Of course if we hear them buzzing or feel them near us then we would naturally know.

Personally I take great care to keep them away.

I cover all of my exposed food and spray my home especially my kitchen regularly.

My covers are netlike ones.

Question #3 of 3:

A question from Mark in Los Angeles California: Mark is looking for some tips on gardening.

Response #3 of 3:

Mark, Gardening is definitely something that many blind/vision impaired persons enjoy.

Both outdoor and indoor gardening are definitely enjoyable.

Of course, there are some general tips to follow.

For example; making sure that there is enough space between plants and beds for you to know how to distinguish your plants.

Grouping plants by types and colours.

Sighted assistance is probably good support.

Does anyone have any other suggestions? Tell us what you think! Share your feedback and let's get more ideas cracking! It's important for us to share how we do things!

To contact me with a question or a thought; please send an email to me at ✉ and I'll be sure to respond inside of 5 business days at the most. If you need me to respond earlier then put the word important in your subject line and I'll do my very best to respond more quickly.

Until the next time then!

I'm Donna wishing you a pleasant day and thanking everyone for their insightful feedback and suggestions!

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