Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Some Real Life

Back when I started blogging, I shared that my husband has a vision problem that has caused him to lose the central portion of his vision. The degenerative disease that he has is very similar to Macular Degeneration. You can read the first post and more about this disease
and the issues here.

He actually had these progressive difficulties for 10 years before he was referred to an occupational therapist. She suggested some tools for him to use. Below you will see his newest toy! This is a Closed Circuit TV Reader or CCTV. He is able to place any reading item on the tray (don't know technical term) and it is significantly enlarged on the screen. Paul can actually make the image as big as he needs it. The arm that holds the screen will move forward and sideways as needed.



Isn't it cool?!


In the picture above you can see him reading a little bitty luggage tag. His luggage didn't arrive back home last week and he was tracking it down.



In this picture he is showing you how the words can get so much bigger. I did not enlarge this with my camera. He is now able to read his books and magazines again. For most of the 10 years before the OT visit, he was unable to do this task.
I share this info with you because Macular Degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in people. It is normally age related and will effect many of us! The specialist that Paul had before never informed us that this type of equipment is available. It's important to know!

It's a technological blessing!

45 comments:

Brenda said...

Yes, Stacey, it is a blessing! Don't know what I would do if I couldn't read! I have worn glasses all my life, pretty much. Won't let them touch my eyes surgically as I'm so terribly afraid something would happen and I'd lose my vision. You're doing a service by bringing this to our attention.
Brenda

southerninspiration said...

I cannot believe a dr. didn't recommend this kind of help.....that blows my mind. Yep I have a friend who has one of these, and a portable device too, so that he can see. I'm glad your hubby could use this. I've only needed eye correction for about ten years now (since turning 40!) but I have learned how frustrating it is not to be able to read things that are too small! It gives one a hopeless feeling.

Suzanne

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

thank goodness for his new toy.it is amazing what they can do now a days. I bet he missed reading all his books and magazines. It looks like that specialist would have told him about this. That is terrible .

Shelia said...

Hi, Stacey! Oh, how wonderful that your dear hubby can read again! This is just amazing and I appreciate you sharing this. My vision is very bad - I'm legally blind - but can see with contacts and glasses, which I praise God for!
Thank you so much for popping in to see me and asking about my Mother. Yes, she is adjusting very well and frankly, I think she is more like herself being on her own. I think I babyed her too much! LOL
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

number17cherrytreelane said...

That must feel like such a blessing for him. He must be thrilled! An answer to prayer, indeed!

Jena Williams, Not So Shabby Interiors said...

Stacey,

I am amazed at the technology of today! That is great to hear and I am so happy that your hubby gets to enjoy the things he enjoys!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I need to pass this on to my Dad...thanks for sharing~

Lou Cinda said...

Isn't technology wonderful?? I know this is such a gift to him AND you!

Thank you for your comment and yes, Cameron does have a summer job, thankfully. He lifeguards and we have already discussed the fact that he is going to have to repay some of this. After all, I think it will help to teach him responsibility!! I hope it does anyway! Thank you for the suggestion, cos' I can always use good suggestions!

Lou Cinda :)

Daphine said...

How neat! This is amazing! Thanks for sharing this!

Mrs. G said...

Wow, Stacey that is very interesting. How frustrating that your former Dr. didn't recommend such a device.
My son that was so sick last year is having real problems with his eyes as a result of the Stevens-Johnson syndrome that he survived but is now left with major eye problems. Thanks so much for sharing this information with us. I will check it out.
Hugs,
Sue

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Stacey,

I have enjoyed visiting your lovely bright blog. Your name Poofing the pillow, is great and all the red is wonderful.

You sound like me, I need reading glasses now and have the teenage children.

Technology is wonderful and I was happy to read that your husband is able to read again ~ what a wonderful blessing.

Have a great day
Carolyn

Marcy said...

What an empowering device! I'm so glad that this is something that he can now use. Technology can be terrific.

Thanks for sharing his part of the story.

bj said...

What a wonderful tool for him and millions of others that have this problem. I know he is beyond happy to be able to read again.
Give him a big ole hug for me this morning...
xo bj

Kathleen Grace said...

This is a wonderful tool. We take our vision for granted when we have it, I can't imagine not being able to do all the things i do with my sight. I am so glad you found this aid and that it has given your husband the chance to read again!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Stacey, I am so sorry that your hubby has Macular Degeneration. I am glad you shared his story with us. I can't believe the doctors did not help him find solutions to make his life easier. We are blessed to have such great technology.
Hugs, Terrie

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Wonderful post! My Dad had macular degeneration, and had a reader, too. It was the ONLY way he could read at all, it was literally a Godsend! And no, it isn't common knowledge that visual aids like that are available; we were lucky to come across it! Why don't they let everyone know what's available?
On a lighter note, my eyesight isn't exactly 20-20, so I used it to paint my nails... OMG, the sight of my awful cuticles magnified a gazillion times would scare you to death!

Domestic Designer said...

What a wonderful device! I am sure he is enjoying being able to read some things again. I hate that the doctor didn't recommend this sooner. Thanks for sharing the info with all of us! Have a wonderful day!

Nancy said...

Stacey, We take so many things in life and our health for granite(sp?) I am so glad that your hubby found someone that helped him with this!!! I am sure he is so happy to have this devise!!!! Thanks for sharing the info with us! Nancy

Nancy said...

device I mean... ;)

Just a little something from Judy said...

Wow!! I am so thankful for this news. There are people near and dear to me that share in your husband's problem, and I never heard of this piece of technology. Thank you Stacey. I will share this with them. I am so happy for your husband. It must open up another whole world to him.

Happy @ Home said...

How wonderful for your husband to be able to read again. It's great that they have technology now that can help. A little curious that the dr. didn't suggest it, however. You are doing a real service to get the word out on your blog as I'm sure there are many people out there who would be thrilled to know about this device.

Darlene said...

I don't know what I would do if I couldn't read! I read books, magazines, everything!! What a blessing for your hubby to be able to do something again that so many of us just take for granted. I am so glad your new Dr. told him about this device. He will be reading away and catching up on everything now!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Stacey,
I'm glad your hubby has this new technology to help him. Great news!

Thanks for visiting and your kind words today.
I hope you don't mind I linked your blog to my post. I got the idea first from your door!

I'm still going to post for the FYR party. I have another idea for that one.

Have a blessed day.
~Melissa :)

Deserae said...

Wow that is pretty darn cool! I'm so glad your DH is able to read his favorite books and magazines again :o)
~Des

Carol said...

So glad your hubby has a way to read things with this amazing tool!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I used to care for an elderly gentleman who suffered from macular degeneration. This technology would make all the difference in a person's ability to live a normal life. A true blessing, indeed. Best wishes, to Paul. Twyla

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

What a blessing!!! I'm sure you and your husband are thrilled! :) How wonderful that this technology is available, and thanks for spreading the word, it just may help someone else!

April said...

That is a great gadget! My dad was nearly legally blind and I'm sure he would have benefited a lot from something like that. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

Mama said...

Hi Stacey, I am also so happy that your hubby has his new toy to enable him to read his fave books and mags (and I hope he gets his suitcase back lol), seriously though, this looks like such a wonderful piece of technology and I wonder why it is not more freely advertised by the dr's. I wonder if it is available in the UK, my dad has MD and has started to use audiobooks, which I know is just not the same as reading a book yourself. I have some research to do, thank you and best wishes to hubby, hugs, Kathy.

Keetha said...

Really cool and what a blessing!!!!

Marilyn said...

Amazing. I have read about his problem on your blog and it is so wonderful how he has been able to get the technology to help him. I have mac deg. my Mother does also and hers is really getting bad. I am thinking about those driving glasses but then she is 85 and it may not be that good an idea. Thanks for the update.

squawmama said...

Hi Stacy,
Yes indeed technology today is amazing and what a wonderful thing for your dear husband to be able to enjoy his books & magazines once more... I am thrilled for him and many others like him.

Thanks for visiting today... I saw that it is hot in San Antonio too... What freaky weather around the country... Global Warming is very scary...

Have a good day!
(((HUGS)))
Donna

Simply Dandy said...

Hi Stacey,

Years ago I worked for an ophthalmologist so I am very familar with macular degeneration. I am so happy for him. This will be great for him.

LeAnn:)

Lisa said...

I have a dear friend who is legally blind due to MD. There are so many neat technological advances like the CCTV that can allow people to maintain their independence and quality of life! What a blessing!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

That is awesome! I can't imagine how happy he must be to have that freedom back! Yippee!
Carrie

Anonymous said...

Stacey,

I appreciate your help with the blog.

Loved the pictures and info. Hello from your family in Texas.

Linda Keeling (Mama Linda)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

My Mom had macular degeneration for the last ten years of her life. She had a machine very similar to your husbands for the last 5 years. What a God send it was!

Angie said...

That is so neat!

Ms. Tee said...

That is wonderful -I'm so happy for your husband! :) My mom has macular degeneration, but is on a limited budget. I wonder if I could get this for her through Medicare. Do you happen to remember where he got this?

Dana and Daisy said...

Wow he looks young to have this eye disease.
I think I have bloggers eye from not wearing my glasses and squinting at the screen too often!

I forgot to mention above that I agree the pink Hydrangeas look lovely with the purple vine.

An Accomplished Woman said...

Oh yes, that is cool. I am so glad he has some help to see.

Cynthia

Ramona said...

Good Morning Stacey ~

This tool is amazing! My Father had Macular Degeneration and it was so heart breaking because he LOVED to read...this tool would have been a little miracle for him. Thanks for sharing...I am happy for your husband...what a blessing to live in this time of technology.

Smiles ~ Ramona

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

This is wonderful for your husband, but how sad that he could have had it before and the Dr. never told him about it! I bet he's catching up on a lot now that he has this new toy. laurie

Miss Janice said...

Modern technology is a blessing after all! How wonderful that he can now enjoy reading things he could not before the program.

A Joyful Cottage said...

I have a friend who worked as an occupational therapist for years. They do so much good. I'm glad your hubby's OT was able to provide him with tools that are improving his quality of life. So good of you to share your and his experience on your blog. You're a neat woman, Stacey. xxx ~ Nancy