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I am coughing--again. I came home and went to bed--without eating dinner. I've been dizzy for several days, and I can't take Antivert with one of the meds I'm now on. I've forgotten which one, and I don't suppose it matters at this point. I have to take the dizziness as it comes, and this is scary for me. I was glad that when I arrived home this evening the migraine had reached an early pain stage and I could take Imitrex and sleep it off. The only problem with this is what it does to my sleep schedule. I can stay awake and read--I need to catch up on tomorrow's material anyway--but tomorrow is a long day. I'm glad there is no quiz in Dr. Stafford's class this week. I think I need some down time at some point. I'm not entirely sure when I will get it; and I hope the coughing is only a sign of asthma and not another infection. I have too many things to do right now to take more time off to be sick. For one thing, I just plain want some time for reflecting and perhaps doing a little singing--and I can't sing when I'm sick!

I was part of the team giving the devotional message in class today. I had an interesting reaction to the experience. I realized that I experience a high amount of anxiety in speaking situations when I can't connect in some way with my listeners, and this affects the way that I speak. When I give certain types of presentations, I tend to solicit a lot of interaction from the audience; and this helps me to stay connected with them and remain confident that I am reaching them. I can think of a number of examples. When I spoke recently at a Lions Club meeting about dog guides, I told a number of amusing stories throughout my speech, and the group laughed. I realized that using humor helped me to keep track of their attention span and stay comfortable with them as people. When I spoke as part of a panel at a conference in El Paso on post-high school options for students with visual impairments, I inserted a question into part of my presentation: "Are any of you mothers?" A couple of people responded audibly, which gave me an idea that there was at least one mom on each side of the room. I could then talk to the moms as I was answering the facilitator's questions.

This all tells me that I need interaction. More specifically, it tells me that I need to solicit it. I wish I had a better way to feel out an entire group in a ministry situation. I wish there was an email list for blind ministers! I would start one; but I'm not sure how many people would join it. It seems that the blind-spirit list could just as easily be used for a purpose like this; but the list seems to be fairly dead.

Xposted to sjbtheology


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Oct. 17th, 2006 08:31 am (UTC)
Hey Sarah,
Hope you're feeling better. :)
I was wondering if your university has any kind of disability liaison unit? At my uni here in Melbourne we have one, and most unis across australia have as well. It's basically where you get assigned an officer who can advocate for you if you aren't getting matterials on time, if you're having problems with classes etc. The unit also has an alternative format officer who organises your material to be sent away for brailling, or if you need it electronically, they employ people to scan it which saves you a lot of time. If that's not the case where you are, could your local blindness organisation organise a volunteer reader for you? (if you need stuff read to you of course, or if you didn't want to have to scan everything they could read it instead). Also, are you able to apply for special consideration and assignment extensions?
Sorry for all the questions and for probably not being a lot of help. :)
Oct. 18th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
disability accommodations
We have a disability services office that does help with some things. I actually prefer doing my own scanning rather than using readers. My grades have been much better over the years that I've taken responsibility for my own work, mostly because it actually gets done on time. Unfortunately, I find that volunteers tend not to be easily found and also tend to be difficult to rely on. In my town we don't have a very good local blindness organization either. Most of the blind people here are either elderly or rather inactive.

Believe it or not, I'm actually more "caught up" than most of my sighted peers.
Oct. 18th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
Re: disability accommodations
what i use to do when in college was to ask someone in the class i was talking to write notes for me so that way i knew they were gonna be in class and the services office you to pay them either way i would think you should ask for a time extension for tests and such just in case you do need it hope you feel better soon, thinking of you
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