Lately I've been feeling like a prisoner in my own house; only able to get out when others can accompany me. Generally this has been limited to doctors' appointments and grocery shopping. I am able to get out walking to try to increase my stamina. I walk in the morning with one neighbour and later in the day with another neighbour.
I am both excited and nervous about traveling to Ottawa later today. Since my vision has deteriorated further, I am now legally blind and am registered as such with the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind). I've come to learn that many businesses and organizations are implementing policies to accommodate people with disabilities. Some organizations are definitely better with this than others. When traveling by train, I have the option of having a companion travel with me for free so that person could assist me. Some of my more "helpful" friends suggested that I dress Lucy up as a guide dog so that she can come visit too, since guide dogs are also permitted. Somehow I think she'd give herself away very quickly; so I never gave that suggestion a thought. As I am traveling alone, my name is tagged in the system and as soon as I arrive at my departing station they will ensure that I get safely onto the train, assist me with any needs enroute, and someone will be waiting for me in Ottawa to help me off the train and out to meet Jeff, who is picking me up. I'm looking forward to a little pampering!!
I think I'm going to finally enjoy some of Jeff's cooking as he'll be on his own turf and I'm the "guest". I think I could get used to some pampering!!
Jeff and Ashlyn are certified deep water divers. Apparently this weekend there is a contest for carving the best pumpkin in a certain minimum depth of water. Jeff and Ashlyn won this competition last year. So, I'm looking forward to going to watch (as best I can) and staying warm and dry on land while they try to win again this year.
I'll be in Ottawa for 3 days so it will be a wonderful break for me.