Thursday, 28 April 2016

Autism and the Everyday #9

There are some things about autism that are hard to live with.
  It's all relative, because, let's be honest, autism is hard to live with.
Full stop. 
Let's talk having an eye test.
It's not about reading the letters off the chart.
That he can do ... or can't, as it happens.
It's about understanding all the instructions.
It's about being in a semi-darkened room.
It's about strange looking contraptions.
It's about a referral to the specialist eye clinic,
 because the optician is concerned he's made a mistake
 in his interpretation of the required prescription.
It's about a process that takes four and a half months 
and involves three separate additional appointments.    
It's about a process that somehow needs to be refined and speeded up.
But in the end, it's about the final result.
And that's what matters. 

5 comments:

Sian said...

Yes, worth it in the end: because when the world can be complicated to interpret, being able to see it must become even more important

Patio Postcards said...

I echo Sian's comments.

alexa said...

And your immense patience and resourcefulness made it possible. I think you forgot that bit :).

Ladkyis said...

Wot Alexa said. The next time you think you are not coping just pause briefly and think how far you have come since that diagnosis day. You and TBO are amazing. I think of you every day and send you a little soothing thought.
Did I say thank you for my postcard? I have it in my craft room so I can see it every time I go there - which is most days at the moment because my legs are better and I can sit for an hour at a time now

Alison said...

Definitely worth it....and I'm sure you helped make the experience as easy as was humanly possible....thank you for the postcard! Xx

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