Fording Union Station for TTC Presto Card

Fording Union Station for TTC Presto Card

I haven’t updated on the recovery-from-eye-surgery front in awhile. Here’s one. The first week of May, I had to go to the GO area in Union Station to buy a Presto card for the TTC. Why? Because the TTC in its disability-and-poverty-and-non-online-people hating wisdom, haven’t installed machines that take cash. At their in-station Gateways, you […]

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Writing with CCAC Therapists: A Concussion Is Brain Injury Update

I’m partway into my 6-week sortie to the past, writing my Concussion Is Brain Injury update. During the early weeks of my recovery from eye surgery, I drew a new outline. Over the months, as my eyes were able to perceive text on the iPhone then wider high-resolution iPad in portrait mode, I put it […]

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TTC CEO Byford: No Stop Request Buttons for Seniors or Disabled on Bombardier Streetcars

TTC CEO Byford: No Stop Request Buttons for Seniors or Disabled on Bombardier Streetcars

I’m recovering from eye surgery while still in my decades-long brain injury recovery. I have a CNIB orientation mobility trainer teaching me how to navigate the streets and TTC with my new vision. It’s harder than you’d think. The TTC is making it traumatic. I don’t exaggerate. Independence is fundamental to a purposeful existence, necessary […]

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Returning to the Subway after Eye Surgery

After an extended Christmas-and-Cogmed break, I’m back to orientation mobility training with my CNIB guy and weekly practice stints with my Vision Mate. My eye surgeon saw me for the last time last week and explained I had to keep exercising my peripheral vision (seeing everything all at once) and eye tracking (moving eyes from […]

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Faith Healing, Brain Injury, Regenerating Eyesight, and Walking

I went to a faith healing a month ago. Yeah, I know, faith healing! Who believes in that charlatan practice, eh? Well, it was central to Christ’s ministry and to the early Christian church. But even back then, the elders warned of false prophets, the need to discern between those who genuinely give themselves to […]

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Easing Back into Brain Injury Health Care After Eye Surgery

Well, it had to happen some time. I’ve restarted two-thirds of my brain-injury-care appointments. As of this past week, I have returned to using the TTC on my own – solely to get to brain biofeedback. So I’m not exactly using the entire TTC on my own, just one well-practiced route! As expected, it took […]

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Walking Continues to Improve; Getting Stronger after Eye Surgery

Walking improvement continues in sudden leaps and expected plateaux. After first two weeks of October, I suddenly improved in speed by about 12% to at times 18% in addition to walking smoother, more competently (as in normal gait, firm footfalls, balanced bilaterally most of the time). At some point in first three weeks of October, […]

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Back to Semi-Regular Brain Biofeedback Post Eye Surgery

Back to biofeedback. I was ready! Well, that was the theory. We’re easing me back in at once every other week schedule. So far, my CNIB orientation mobility trainer has guided and walked with me to it for less and less of the way each time without me actually attending an appointment. This week he […]

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Walking Progress Update 5 Months Post-Eye Surgery in a Life with Brain Injury

Walking Progress Update 5 Months Post-Eye Surgery in a Life with Brain Injury

Almost three weeks ago, we came to the next phase in my return to independence: riding the bus alone. Eep! “A round trip,” my CNIB orientation and mobility trainer replied, “you don’t have to get off — all you have to do is sit and not throw up!” Um, OK. My CNIB (Canadian National Institute […]

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