A Shopping Problem

A Shopping Problem

I shop online: easier browsing, less hassle, no lines. It works great until it doesn’t. Or, more like…until I doesn’t.

I add some items to my digital cart. I zoom in on the screen of my well-loved and well-worn iPad, deciding which items to save and which items to abandon. I tick off things on my list. I look at a random product and wonder about shipping.

I mess up.

I hit a button and get a “Thank…Continue Reading

Coping With Winter Dry Eye

Coping With Winter Dry Eye

Dry eye disease is one of the most common eye problems affecting people today. With winter temperatures dropping and indoor heating systems cranked up, those of us who suffer from chronic dry eye find ourselves in desperate search of relief.

Although the actual prevalence of dry eye is difficult to determine, due to varying definitions of the disease, the National Eye Institute, in Facts about Dry Eye, estimates that “… five million Americans 50 years…Continue Reading

He Shed. She Shed. Man Cold. My “Fixer Upper” Fantasy

He Shed. She Shed. Man Cold. My “Fixer Upper” Fantasy

I knew the second that man walked in the door! “Don’t worry, it’s just allergies,” he said. Allergies my ass! Fourteen years of marital bliss, trust me, I know the difference between seasonal allergies and the start of a head cold. I tried to play it off like I wasn’t worried, shoving my daughters to the opposite end of the house while spraying a can of Lysol. “I’m sure, it’s nothing” I said. EPIC LIE. In…Continue Reading

Vision Aware: Bottle Feeding Baby As A Blind Or Visually Impaired Mother

Vision Aware: Bottle Feeding Baby As A Blind Or Visually Impaired Mother

Sighted or blind, the decision to breastfeed versus formula-feeding your baby is a personal one. Speak with your OBGYN or mid-wife regarding these options prior to giving birth. While some women may be unable to breastfeed due to health reasons; blindness will not impede your ability to successfully feed your baby using either method.

Most maternity units allow expectant parents to tour their facilities prior to their baby’s arrival. My high risk doctor’s appointments were already…Continue Reading

In Memory of My Grandmother – Nana Johanna “Joan” Benford

In Memory of My Grandmother – Nana Johanna “Joan” Benford

It happened to me again tonight. I made myself a cup of hot chocolate, the cheap powdered kind. After pouring in the hot water, I dipped my spoon into the mug. That’s when I heard it – the almost lyrical sound of metal hitting porcelain. For one beautiful moment, I was ten years old again, standing in my grandmother’s kitchen, watching her mix my blind grandfather his daily cup of tea. In my mind I…Continue Reading

New York Vision Week – Fall 2016 – October 20th Through November 20th

New York Vision Week – Fall 2016 – October 20th Through November 20th

New York City is notorious for hosting amazing events. Our foodies have Restaurant Week. Our fashionistas get Fashion Week. It’s about time, blind and visually impaired New Yorkers get their own slice of big apple fun! Hence the start of New York City’s first ever Vision Week – only it’s not just a week, it’s actually a month! Okay, we took a pretty big slice of that apple!  I told you we’ve been waiting a…Continue Reading

BarkBox For Frances: How To Thank Your Guide Dog

BarkBox For Frances: How To Thank Your Guide Dog

It’s hard to believe, but Frances & I are celebrating our 1-month anniversary! That’s 30 days of partnership as blind mommy & guide dog. We’ve done a lot this month, including attending an education conference for work, several doctor’s appointments, and a few well- deserved trips to the mall. Frances is one amazing yellow Labrador! She is sweet, smart and has already taken a prominent place within my family. We all love her – my…Continue Reading

Halloween Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies Treats

Halloween Pumpkin Shaped Rice Krispies Treats

Sometimes you just need something to keep your toddlers active. It doesn’t matter if that’s a sticker book and some construction paper, a tub full of legos or a box of your favorite cereal. Case in point, I had two relatively obnoxious children on my hands tonight right before my husband needed to get some sleep before working a graveyard shift. My old tricks of popping FROZEN on the tv or having a marathon…Continue Reading

Visions: A Tale from the Ultrasound Room

Visions: A Tale from the Ultrasound Room

The sonographer’s job was not to make small talk. I knew that. But I realized how important such chitchat suddenly became to me as a blind mother—and therefore how ominous her silence–as I lay there for an hour, while she took pictures of my baby. All I could hear was clicking and clicking and more clicking, while the weight of mid-pregnancy pressed on an aching lower back.  After her initial demonstration of the baby’s heartbeat…Continue Reading

Halloween Jokes for Toddler Folks & Pineapple Jack O’Lanterns

Halloween Jokes for Toddler Folks & Pineapple Jack O’Lanterns

Toddlers! Pint sized adults, with inquiring minds, who love to test our patience. I happen to have two of them and boy, do they ever keep me on my toes! Mothering a 3 and almost 2-year-old everyday is exhausting, but then there are those moments when you think “ah, the innocence of childhood!”  This year, both my daughters are exploding with excitement about Halloween. It appears the holiday has finally sunk in. Costumes. Candy. Pumpkins. They are…Continue Reading