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Ask The Coach
September 2022

Original Release: 9/3/2022

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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 Kelly in Manhattan: Kelly would like to know how important is it for a vision impaired person to engage in physical activity?

Response #1 of 3:

Kelly, my personal view is that for someone with either limited vision or who is completely blind, it is very important to be able to find some kind of physical activity to engage in.

It may not be easy to walk at fast rates but a tread mill could be a great substitute or even an exercise bike.

Swimming is also a great physical activity as long as there is easy access to a pool.

I try to go ice skating but I do this with a friend and during the winter season I sometimes go skiing with friends.

There are also other types of fitness and yoga activities that blind and vision impaired persons can participate in.

Question #2 of 3:

A question from Josh in London England: Josh asks if there are any tried and proven ways to discover stains on carpets.

Response #2 of 3:

Josh, this is probably one of the most difficult things for blind and vision impaired persons to work with.

If I know that something has fallen on my carpet for sure and I am able to quickly find the offending area, I do my level best to clean it with the appropriate cleaner.

Bear in mind that different types of stains require different types of cleaning agents.

I normally call on sighted assistance to help me out here.

Sometimes it is next to impossible for a blind person to be able to find and clean stains on carpets. However I am sure that there are ways to deal with some of the more routine situations.

There are dried stains and then there are damp or wet stains which only complicate things even further.

Question #3 of 3:

A question from Jill in Montreal Canada: Jill would like to know if there are any good ways to clean bath tubs.

Response #3 of 3:

Jill, I would start by saying that as a blind person, I am never sure if I have cleaned up all of those stubborn stains in my bath tub.

However, I use my fingers to identify scum and dirt and then I spray or pour my cleaner liberally over the offending spot.

I use scrubbing sheets to clean my bath tub and I make sure to clean the entire surface of the tub before rinsing.

I also clean the sides of the tub thoroughly,, then the outer walls of the tub, then the surrounding tiles, and finally the outer areas of the tub.

This is very hard work but once again; I normally ask my sighted family and friends to do a regular inspection for me.

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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