Maybe I should seek employment as a Blog-Post Titler… I don’t know if that’s actually an established role in ANY company right now, but change is good, right?
So, first, an apology: I’ve been so MIA (missing in action — I had to ask too), you wouldn’t be mad to have assumed that I was, like, dead, or trapped bneath a parked car with a killer shark (what shark ISN’T a killer?) at my throat.
Luckily, I’m neither dead, nor being attacked by Jaws — that movie franchise needs a reboot though, so that could be a storyline. I have been intending to write to you guys for about a week now, but as I mentioned in my last post, I underwent some relatively minor cosmetic surgery on one of my eyes last Tuesday; for those who don’t know, I’m blind — BONUS! Anyways, the recovery time from that was longer than I (or anyone) had expected; I think the surgery was less ‘minor’ than I imagined, and as I haven’t undergone general anaesthetic for around 2 years, my body took a while to get over the effects. Then, because I’m super lucky, I came down with a nasty cold, which has let me with this horrible hacking cough, with today being the first day I actually feel remotely normal.
Like, yay … I feel human again!
Anyway, sob-story over … Let me get onto what I really want to talk about today.
I wanted to write about this a little earlier; I was going to post about it last week, but I wasn’t well and L YOU ARE SLIPPING BACK INTO SOB-STORY YOU STOP IT!
There are big changes coming into my life very, very soon, and I am so excited, both for them to occur, and to share them with you.
I am getting a Guide Dog.
I KNOW RIGHT!!! I can’t believe it either — it’s such a huge, huge step forward for me, a giant leap towards independence, and an even bigger boost to my own confidence. I am over the moon right now — I just can’t wait for things to get started.
For those who maybe aren’t super familiar with Guide Dogs, their purpose is to guide their visually impaired/blind owners around, helping them get about. They don’t direct their owners; they are directed by the person whom they are guiding, ensuring that they are safe when travelling.
It’s taken nearly 3 years for a suitable Guide dog to be found for me: there are so many different factors that have to be considered, many of which I wouldn’t have even thought of if I hadn’t been involved in the application process. Walking speed, everyday routine, age and habits of the potential owner — all of these are elements considered by guide Dogs for the Blind (the UK oharitiable organisation in charge of Guide dogs in the UK) when choosing a suitable dog for a Guide dog partnership.
I’m not going to reveal the dog’s name here; I don’t know how many dogs have this name, and for now, I’d rather just keep that under lock and key. However, I’will say that she — for she is a she — is a black labridor retriever cross, and is so so cute OHMIGOSH! If you keep track of my Twitter, I might just put up a sneeky picture of the dog on there… if you’re lucky. There’s also another picture that I recently popped up onto my Twitter (@CWarned) last week; it may be worth just having a quick look at my profile picture…
the Guide Dog training process is long and intensive; it can take up to a couple of months, and it starts on Monday, despite my dog moving in TOMORROW! This may result in fewer posts than usual — I can’t really predict what it’s going to be like, but I’ll stay active on Twitter, which can also be accessed through my blog’s homepage. I’ll do my best to write about how the training process is; I’m so excited for it to begin, and to start this next, slightly mysterious chapter of my life.