August 25, 2020

Welcome to the Ambiguously Blind Podcast

Welcome to Episode 1! I’m so thankful you found us. The inspiration and driving force behind this project is the desire for me to better express myself, connect with and inspire others and discuss life with a visual impairment. I have coined the term Ambiguously Blind because I think it describes me well. I often find it difficult to articulate to others just how much I can and cannot see. And there are many instances where my vision impairment is undetectable. Since I’ve been at this for over twenty years, you may think I’d have my spiel down, but I don’t! 



Episode Transcription:

Welcome to Episode 1! I’m so thankful you found us. The inspiration and driving force behind this project is the desire for me to better express myself, connect with and inspire others and discuss life with a visual impairment. I have coined the term Ambiguously Blind because I think it describes me well. I often find it difficult to articulate to others just how much I can and cannot see. And there are many instances where my vision impairment is undetectable. Since I’ve been at this for over twenty years, you may think I’d have my spiel down, but I don’t! 

I was born with unimpaired, or normal, vision. But, one winter evening about 22 years ago, I went to bed early with cold-like symptoms and through a multitude of events spanning seven days, it was miraculous that I even woke up.  And when I did, I quickly realized that life on the other side of bacterial meningitis is much more challenging than life before. One of my lasting effects from bacterial meningitis is vision loss. I am totally blind in one eye and have 20/300 acuity in the other. For those that do not understand, 20/300 is a clinical definition for visual acuity and well beyond the limit for legal blindness in American. This means, for example, I’m not permitted to hold a driver’s license and thus don’t drive. And that is for good reason. Prior to my vision loss I did drive. So, I have experienced all the sensations that the privilege of driving has to offer. 

As we venture along the way we’re going to share my story which includes the experience with bacterial meningitis. And, through my eternally optimistic and humor infused lens, we’ll explore a wide range of topics including survival and adaptation, faith and family, technology and education, science and research, nutrition and wellness, sports and recreation to name a few. Oh, and of course, all things visual impairment and blindness. 

So, I hope that you will strap in and join us. For more information visit AmbiguouslyBlind.com and you may email me,  john@amblind.com I look forward to connecting  with you again soon. Perhaps we’ll share your story, too.