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Ask The Coach
February 2022

Original Release: 2/1/2022

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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 Jake in Aberdeen Scotland: Jake wants to know if there is a method to hanging pictures on the wall so that they are straight.

Response #1 of 3:

Jake, I have to admit that more often than not I have a lot of difficulty ensuring that my pictures on the wall are hung straight. I have tried using a ruler to help me out but alas! It has not worked. So I often turn to sighted assistance to help me with this task. I know that there must be some tried and proven method for a blind/vision impaired person to be good at this task.

Question #2 of 3:

A question from Gala in Kent England: Gala would like to know if there is any good method for organizing one's freezer.

Response #2 of 3:

Gala, I have developed my own home made method. My freezer has two main shelves and sections on the door. I put my meat on the lower shelf; chicken in one corner, pork and beef in the opposite corner, and frozen foods in the middle. On my top shelf, I put other things such as packages of vegetables, fruits, and other packages. I place my ice trays in a vertical position in the left hand corner of my top shelf. I label all of the stuff in my freezer. To make things easier for myself, I remove meat from the packages that they come in from the supermarket and place them in freezer bags so that I can identify them more easily to see what they are; thighs, drum sticks, breasts, etc. The sections on my door contain such things as sausages, bacon, ham, more frozen vegetables, and tins of frozen juice.

Question #3 of 3:

A question from Glenda in Alberta Canada: Glenda would like to know what is the best way to go clothes shopping.

Response #3 of 3:

Glenda, it all depends on one's comfort level. There are some who prefer to ask someone to accompany them so to assist them to choose clothes that fit well and look good on them. There are others who are comfortable asking the sales person to assist. Of course now that online shopping has become more popular during the pandemic, this opens up new ways and challenges. For me, when it comes to in store shopping, I usually ask a friend or family member to accompany me and with online shopping, I almost always depend on sighted assistance to describe clothes to 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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