Greetings everyone, welcome back to my channel. Now today I’m going to be a doing a very interesting video for some of you who are visually impaired or any of you who are interested in the topic of sight loss. Now, the last couple of videos that I filmed that are around the theme of sight loss and disability and things to do with that topic have been very popular and very interesting for people to view, as it would seem. So today I thought I would film a new video. Now, this one is actually going to be quite comical, but also in some ways a little bit serious. But it’s more something that I hope you guys will find fun. Now this is going to be called The Things That Are Scary About Sight Loss, or The Things That Are Scary About Being Visually Impaired, because I sometimes feel that, when you’re visually impaired, people don’t realise that there are quite a few things that can scare you. And the other day I was sitting down, thinking to myself perhaps some of these things that scare me, being visually impaired, if I was fully sighted they probably wouldn’t scare me nearly as much as they do. Hence why I’m going to film… [With dramatic, scary music]
The Scary Things About Being Visually Impaired Get under your bedcovers and prepare for the fright of your life. [Laughs] Number 1 – Buzzing [Buzzing sound in background]
Whenever I hear a buzzing sound, whether it be in my room, or outside, whether it be in a classroom, I go nuts. You cannot talk sense into me from that point on. If something buzzes past my ear I’m like…
[Screams in panic, then again in slow motion] and I run out of the room, I can’t stand it. My policy on buzzing is screaming and running. And the reason for this is because I’m visually impaired, I can’t see what that thing is. I don’t know if that thing’s a hornet, a bee, a fly, a wasp, I don’t know if it’s gonna sting me, I don’t know where it is, I don’t know if it’s near the window, I don’t know if it’s near my desk, I don’t know where the hell it is. So, naturally, I get quite scared, because all I can hear is this alien “bzzzzzzzz” sound, and I’m like “What is it? Where is it? What is it doing?” [Breathes loudly and rapidly with fear] Number 2 – Things that hang off the back of doors What I mean by this is that when I come upstairs, for instance, and I’m just gonna go into the bathroom, If, for instance, my dad’s left his dressing gown hanging on the door, sometimes my eyes don’t focus properly, and they don’t focus as quickly as I’d like them to, and all I can see is this weird shape hanging in the air above me, and I’m like “Is it a person? Is it going to kill me? What is it?” [Screams] And then when I turn the light on I can see what it is. I think there’s actually a name for it, I think there’s a name when you’re visually impaired, when your brain tricks you into thinking it’s something else worse than it is, and you actually get really scared by it. If you guys know of this, please comment below and tell me that I’m not alone, because I’d really appreciate it. [Sound of match being struck] Number 3 – Matches This might sound quite weird, but matches really scare the living daylights out of me. Like, whenever I light a candle, I have to do it with some special lighter that’s got a really long end so that I don’t have to go anywhere near the flame. Because when I try to light a candle with matches, the flame’s going up and I’m trying to fumble around with the wick and I’m like [Scary music as Emily speaks in a panic]
“It’s gonna burn me any minute now!” “I’m too young to die!” I know that some people with visual impairments don’t like candles as well, so we’re probably not the only ones who have this horrible relationship with an open flame. But definitely matches do really petrify me, I can’t stand to be around them. Number 4 – Train Doors When I get on a train I’ve got this phobia of not getting on a train in time, because I think if it closes on me or it closes on my guide dog or it closes on my guide dog’s tail or my arm or my hand… I’ve just got this horrible mental image of the train doors going on her tail and… oh, god… I have to be at a train station on time to get on a train. I have to literally be the first one to get on and off the train, I can’t be loitering around. I am really scared of train doors, but also gaps, like when I step off a train I’m thinking “Oh my god, how big’s the gap gonna be?” because i’ve just got this strange image of me falling through the gap and being under the wheels of a train. So trains and me, we do have to live and cohabit in a world, but I don’t really like trains, I have a… I wouldn’t even call it mutual respect… I just have to put up with them. So… yeah… trains and me don’t do well. Number 5 – Loud Noises In the past when I’ve been to theatre productions and I’ve heard gunshots, or when I walk past my house and I hear a motorbike go past really loudly, it really frightens me. I don’t like loud noises. I think because my ears are a little bit more acute to the sounds around me, because I use my hearing more, simply because I’ve got a visual impairment. I’ll throw in an example here. Once I was seeing a production of War Horse in Covent Garden, a really brilliant performance, and I absolutely loved it. But at one point in the play, this guy let off a gunshot and I wasn’t expecting it. I was sitting there holding a drink and my aunt was next to me and then a lady was behind her. And the gunshot went off and I was so alarmed that I jolted backwards, and the drink went all over my aunt and all over the person behind me. So I wasn’t a very popular person in the theatre that night. Number 6 – Revolving Doors I’ve gone through revolving doors in the past and I’ve been so sceptical of them, I’ve been thinking “If I get trapped in this, or if Unity gets trapped in it, or if my get my cane caught in it…” I really hate revolving doors, I can’t stand to be around them. But, you know, you just have to try and get in a building, but I really don’t like them to be honest. Number 7 – Escalators I really hate escalators. Now the reason for this is because just being on stairs that move, I’m like: “It’s stairs that move! This is not natural! Get me off these god damn things!” I really don’t like them. I will make a person go in front of me, because I’m like if I fall over, then you’re cushioning my fall, I ain’t going first. That’s just because I can’t see when they’re coming up, and I can’t see when to step off and when they’re gonna even out, and for that reason I really don’t like it because I can’t control where I’m going to go, and that makes it a whole lot scarier, especially when you can’t see very well. Number 8 – Ice [Sings Vanilla Ice song intro]
“Ice, Ice, Baby!” Now everyone’s like “Ooh, the snow! It’s all lovely and white and it’s pretty and ice!” But then I’m like “No!”, because when I step out in it, the minute I’m out on the ice, I go [slipping sound] and fall over on my derriere. So I don’t like ice, because me and ice don’t get on well. I am very clumsy by nature, but also because I’m visually impaired, I can’t see where I’m stepping on the ice, and Unity can’t hold herself up at the best of times on ice, so it’s just not a very good combination. I really have a thing about ice. I can’t go out when it’s been snowing, I can’t go out until it’s all thawed out and gone. And I really hate ice because it’s just so unpredictable and I’ve had so many accidents where I’ve fallen over and hurt myself on the ice. I just don’t have a very good relationship to this kind of weather. Those people who say they love snow, you wouldn’t if you were in my shoes, you would probably hate it as much as I do. Number 9 – Dentists When I was younger I had really bad experiences of going to the dentist, because I can only see what’s dead in front of me, and then a dentist would come, and I’d see their hands descending upon my poor innocent mouth that was opened up by these weird plastic things and I just couldn’t stand it. And I remember one instance where I actually was having my braces done and I was having the moulds taken, and I threw up, all over the dentist, because he didn’t tell me he was going to do it. It was all over his sleeve, and he didn’t like me much after that, and I think he had strange sense of relish whenever I had to come in to have my braces tightened he was like “Ooh, it’s this one again, yeah.” Definitely when it comes to actually having procedures done, I really don’t like dentists, and I get really uptight about them. I know of course that’s a normal thing for anyone, but especially me because I can’t see what they’re doing, and to have all these things going in my mouth, and I can’t see what they’re putting in. Especially when they don’t tell me what they’re gonna be doing, it’s really disconcerting. So if you’re a dentist and you deal with someone who is visually impaired, tell them what you’re doing, because otherwise don’t blame them if they’re sick down your top, because it would be your own fault. Number 10 – Pavement Clutter Now what I mean by this is that sometimes I’ll walk across to my guide dog, and I’ll have to go off the kerb with her because people park their cars in the way, they put wheelie bins in front of you, they might have really overhanging branches, there might be all debris in the road, there might be roadworks. And when I have to step into the road with my guide dog, when I, as a pedestrian, have the right and I should be able to go on to the pavement where I belong, it’s scary. And I really get worried that I’m not gonna be able to see a car coming, or that Unity’s not gonna be able to react in time. And when you’re in the road, it’s a really dangerous predicament to be in, and you shouldn’t be in the road if you’re a pedestrian. So I get really, really nervous about it. So if you’ve ever parked your car on the pavement, don’t do it, because you are really putting someone’s life in jeopardy, and there are plenty of parking spaces out there for you, you just need to go and have a look. So just remember the pavement is for the pedestrian, and the road’s for you, not the other way round. Number 11 – Puddles When I was a kid, I really didn’t like puddles. Because of my lack of vision, I used to think they were holes, and I used to try and walk around them and navigate around them, and I’d think that they were holes in the road or potholes, and I really didn’t like it. So I’m still like that today a bit, I’m a bit dubious of puddles. Mostly when it’s cold, because you don’t know if it’s gonna turn icy. So puddles still scare me, weirdly enough, but it was more so when I was a child than it is now. I used to use a cane before I had Unity, so I used to try and have to work out whether it was a hole or put my foot in it. Now I’ve got Unity obviously I don’t have to do that, so it’s not as bad. But when Iwas a child, when I was younger, it definitely was a bit more scarier for me. You might think that’s really weird, but if any of you have had that experience as well, please let me know, because that one I feel quite weird about. But that one was something that I used to worry about nonetheless. Number 12 – Bicycles Now when a cyclist comes belting down the road towards me and my guide dog, I’m like “Oh my god, where are they gonna go? Are they gonna lose control of their bike?” I end up sometimes even having to walk into the road to avoid them. Because with my level of vision I literally would not see it until it was practically on me and there was nothing I can do about it. And for that reason I really don’t like it, and it’s not easy to hear pushbikes, especially in a built up city like London, where you can hear cars and buses and people chatting and it’s really noisy. So it’s definitely very disconcerting to hear or see a pushbike coming up literally that’s within feet of you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. So just remember that if you are on a pushbike, you really need to consider the people that are on the pavement, especially those with disabilities, because they don’t know what you’re doing or where you’re coming from, and you need to be aware of their needs, and you need to make life easy for them, as well as making your own life easier. Because you don’t wanna get a load of grief from someone who you’ve knocked into, that’s never nice. So a little bit of consideration goes a long, long way in this case. Ok guys, so that was my Scary Things About being Visually Impaired. I really hope you enjoyed it and it’s given you some ideas of things that you find the same as well or that’s made you feel like you’re not alone in this case. Please don’t forget to like, comment and subscribe, and comment below with any of your feedback or if you’ve got anything you’d like to add to this conversation. And don’t forget I’ll be doing more videos very soon, and I will see you guys next time. Bye! 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