marcus.simmons at comcast.net
Tue Oct 27 08:04:39 CDT 2009
As you know by now, by reading my BIO, almost anything can be accomplished
without sight. We just have to rely on alternate methods to do the
procedure. I also use JAWS as my screen-reading software. And I use Open
Book to read printed material.
As for building cars, I store vital information on my computer. Vehicle
wiring is displayed in a Excel spreadsheet, with each circuit on a single
We are all here to lend a helping hand for those who need it.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Raymond Juliano" <rayj1941 at gmail.com>
To: "NFB of Michigan List" <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2009 7:36 PM
Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] Newbie...
> Hi Reggie,
> Thank you so very much for replying to me. I appreciate it. In a way I
> feel sort of funny for joining this now when I still have one good eye
> has been doing the job of seeing for me. But if that goes, I will be
> legally blind. I did not want to wait until the last minute so to speak
> just in case my good eye stops functioning.
> I have a lot of interests and things that I like to do and want to do
> whether I am blind or sighted. Thanks for the info on the screen
> reader...goes to show how little I know about such things. I like to
> poetry and have started converting some of my poems to song lyrics, and
> I put guitar chords to them and the melody comes into my head. A few of
> them have turned out pretty good, but so far I have not recorded any of
> yet. Since I've been in the medical field for so long, I've started
> what I call, "Medical Music", which are sort of funny songs about medical
> things like colostomy and colonoscopies but still get the message across
> not putting off such things even tho they are not the most pleasant. I've
> written about circumcision and vasectomy, and I wrote one for diabetics
> don't take care of themselves, develop gangrene, and need an amputation
> called, "The One Leg Polka". Things that most non-medical people don't
> to think about or talk about, yet they can relate and see the humor in
> them. When I get enough of them I plan on recording a CD, which some of
> instructors told me that I should do. I am not the greatest guitar player
> or singer, but I am willing to give it a try. Most people with a sense of
> humor seem to like them.
> I am also concerned about playing chess without sight, as I now play about
> 20 games a day on a website called, gameknot.com. I enjoy the game, but
> I'll never become really good at it because I don't really study the game,
> just like to play it. I know some of the great grandmaster have played
> blindfolded chess games, but I am nowhere in that category of chess
> I know there are a lot of things that I could continue to do with or
> sight, but the thought of becoming blind makes me angry and frightened at
> the same time. There were signs of the impending CRVO in my left eye at
> least fifteen years ago, and even tho I mentioned it to doctors at the
> no one seemed very concerned about it, and now that makes me angry that I
> didn't become more of an advocate for my own health at that time. Perhaps
> if I had been put on blood thinners back then, the CRVO might have been
> averted, but then again, maybe not. It just makes me mad and I know I've
> got to get over it and I'm finding it hard to do.
> And it makes me afraid of my future. I am still working full time as a
> nurse anesthetist and am hoping to retire in 19 more months and I am
> I will be able to see and be able to enjoy my retirement after working at
> for 44 years. I'll be 70 when I retire and we plan on having my wife
> nursing school, but if she has to take care of me, I have a lot of
> about how that will work. I've always been the caregiver, and I hate the
> thought of being dependent on anyone. I also think that maybe God has
> this to punish me for not being a better person. I don't know...at times
> is very confusing. I never thought I would lose my sight, and now what I
> feared most is happening.
> What do you think is the best method for an adult to learn Braille? Fred
> Wurtzel, the president of the MI NFB told me about the Illinois Braille
> Series and Braille in Brief. He gave me a phone number to call to see if
> the NFB had it. I have not done so yet, but am planning to. He also gave
> me his cell phone number and invited me to the MI Convention Nov. 6,6, & 8
> but we will be in TN at a hypnosis seminar that week. Perhaps I could
> attend next year or maybe another state meeting some time. He also
> suggested I call the MI Commission for the Blind and he gave me their
> number too. Work has been so busy that I haven't yet had a chance to
> and this Fri. we are flying out to PA for a family wedding and then on to
> for that week long hypnosis seminar. But I am going to call those numbers
> when we return.
> Thank you for your phone number too...if things quiet down yet this week,
> will give you a call or if you like you could call me as we are usually
> here in the evening. My home phone number is: 906-586-6222 and I would
> welcome a call from you. Thanks again.
> Well...time for a late supper as it has been a long day for both my wife
> I. Take care of each other and stay in touch when you can. Thanks again
> for writing.
> Ray Juliano
> On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 9:25 AM, Reggie & Brooks
> <regandlon at wideopenwest.com
>> Hello Ray:
>> My name is Regina, and although I am a fairly proficient cane user I have
>> chosen to use a guide dog. I am blind from birth as is my husband. We
>> in our 50s, and I also work in the medical field as a transcriptionist.
>> First of all, I admire you for getting a "start" on learning to live as a
>> blind person. You are definitely doing the correct thing. No use in
>> stopping living, right? (smiles)
>> To answer you concerning how email is done, we use a screen reader that
>> actually reads exactly what you would see. There are commands to get
>> place to place on the screen. There are 2 major programs. One is Jaws
>> Freedom Scientific and the other is Window Eyes from G. W. Micro. Both
>> opened up a lot of opportunity for us, both to keep in touch and also as
>> as working. Computers are everywhere! (smiles) These programs have a
>> computer voice that can be changed to a voice to your liking, even a
>> voice if you are so inclined. They work in other languages also. I use
>> just the voice when doing email, but when I work, I supplement my
>> with a braille display to intermittently put a check on what I am typing.
>> Typing is mostly muscle memory, and I know where my fingers are at any
>> time. A good keyboard helps too. (smiles)
>> As for learning braille? I would urge you to do this. Eighty percent of
>> those who have worked or are working (only 20% of the blind) read
>> I worked 31 years for Henry Ford Hospital until transcription was
>> to India, GRRRR, oops pardon the personal comment, but braille was a
>> part of my career.
>> I will stop for now so my email is not a book, but if you wish to contact
>> me, I would be happy to chat. Phone is below my signature.
>> (313) 7597279 which is free for me to call so I can call you back so you
>> not have to pay.
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