Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My New Toy

This is a post has two different sections. First I’ll cover the topic about my new toy, and then I’ll close with some pictures. Does that make up for my absence in the Blogosphere??

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I just got a digital camera. FINALLY. Yay!! It’s a Canon PowerShot A470. It's simple to use and I don't need anything fancy or complicated. (No, my poor brain couldn't handle too much information. LOL)

I love my new camera. When I look through it to snap a picture, it’s perfect.
It brings in just the right amount of light I need to see. So much easier than my old camera. It was getting hard to peer through the little M&M-sized lens. First I had to find it, and then I had to get the right angle so it wasn’t “black” (when looking at the sides of the lens, and not straight through that little peep-hole). It was always frustrating to find my “focus” point. Here, the digital has a wide screen!! I have no problem finding the "window" to take aim and shoot. I can DELETE bad pictures. Yay.

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I carried my camera into the curtain-darkened living room in the late afternoon. Looking through the camera lens, it was like I had perfect night vision. (I would love to get a pair of glasses that worked like the camera. Wouldn’t that be cool??)

I was able to see “Onyx”, our black Lab, on the floor-plain as day. I put the camera down, just below my nose, and I could barely see her. The camera was like wearing night vision googles without that greenish cast.

I was also able to see some DVD cases on the floor next to the TV (that shouldn’t have been there). Again, I move the camera and directed my gaze to the area where the DVD cases were. I couldn’t really see that they were there. (Good thing it’s not a high traffic area, or I’d have trampled on them and we’d have some broken DVD cases.

You know, I would not mind getting a pair of glasses that worked like a digital camera lens. How about that, eyeglass manufacturers?? It just made everything brighter and clearer.

Can you see it? Big news in the media. New digital glasses for the low-vision/visually impaired splashed across billboards, TV ads, magazine ads, and Internet ads.

Slogan: Digital Glasses, anytime, day or night, indoors or outdoors.

Glasses that self-adjust to brightness and darkness…..

Sigh. A girl can dream, right?? :)

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Part Two: Petey and Me

Back in August, when I got activated/hooked-up/turned on with the CI (cochlear implant), I said that I would have some pictures of me with the CI processor and magnet. I didn’t have a picture to upload that I really liked. Not with my old camera, anyway. (I have this “identity crisis” when I see pictures of myself. You know how it is. You see a picture of yourself and you think, ‘That’s me?’ That’s not how I see myself.' But you know it is you because you remember the picture being taken. (Maybe the mirror is a big fat liar. LOL.)

Anyway, I can’t believe it’s been about five months since activation and six months since the surgery. A lot has happened since then and “Petey” (the CI) and I are quite comfortable with each other now.

I am still deaf, even though I have the CI. To me, it’s a tool to help me hear better, like the hearing aid. It isn’t a cure for deafness. I am not sorry I got the CI, either. I hear more environmental sounds and I pick up more speech. I struggle the most in noisy surroundings and in the dark. Pair them them together and it’s even more challenging because I am a visual person. I need light. I need facial expressions and body language. I can’t see that in the dim light. If there’s a lamp, I can see the area around the lamp, but everything else is shadowy silhouettes, so I’m not exactly a “fun” person to talk to in the dark. :)


So, here are some pictures of Petey and me. Don’t we make a cute couple?? Winks.

Petey and Me



See the wisp of hair that isn't quite long enough for the ponytail? That's the hair that was shaved during the surgery. It's growing out and has a long ways to go before it matches the length of the back of my hair. You really can't see it when my hair is down and really, it doesn't bother me. Fornow, it's my "badge of honor." :)



Shari, signing off. Have a good week.


11 Comments:

At Wed Jan 21, 02:12:00 PM , Blogger Breazy said...

I like the camera and I can't wait to see future pictures that you post.

Have a great day!

 
At Wed Jan 21, 02:35:00 PM , Blogger Becky said...

Great picture of you, Shari! You needn't worry when looking at photos of yourself (though I do the exact same thing, lol). But you're right...it's nice to be able to delete the bad ones so they don't come back to haunt us later, lol.

And you are SO RIGHT about the digital glasses! You really ought to write to the camera companies with your idea! It could be the next big thing!

 
At Wed Jan 21, 03:40:00 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Yes, the pictures more than make up for your absence!
And it's hard to believe "they" haven't come up with something that can enhance vision the way your new camera does.
(Have missed you.)

 
At Wed Jan 21, 07:24:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Shari,
Yes, it is amazing how digital cameras (still and video) have a way of making everything look "normal". I'm not sure how or why that is, but it would be great if they could make glasses with the same technology. Hey, even if I had to lug around 5 pounds of batteries to power them, I'd do it ANY day!!!!
Take care, Anne

 
At Wed Jan 21, 09:59:00 PM , Blogger Amrita said...

So glad you got a nice camera.

Oh I wish my eyes also worked like my digital camera.Or eyeglasses.

 
At Thu Jan 22, 09:30:00 AM , OpenID suddensilence said...

Shari, that is really cool that you can see better through the camera window. You're right -- they need to make some glasses like that!!

LOVE your camera and the pictures too -- Petey is a cutie pie and so are you. :) I love the color too -- blue looks great against your hair color.

Hugs,

~ Wendi

 
At Thu Jan 22, 12:27:00 PM , Anonymous Kila said...

Woohoo, enjoy your new toy!!

 
At Sat Jan 24, 06:37:00 AM , Blogger hillgrandmom said...

yeah, a digital camera is such fun!
Petey and you sure do look good together :)

 
At Tue Jan 27, 04:56:00 PM , Blogger Erin said...

haha! It hadn't occurred to me to name my CI. I do name my computer, ipods and car... so thus I probably should.

~erin~
www.mylucidsounds.com

 
At Wed Feb 04, 10:39:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Shari,
Enjoy your digital camera. It is fun to take pictures. Then delete the bad ones. I love the control when developing them.

Your pictures are great. You and Petey look fabulous. Love the term "Badge of Honor."
I did share your blog with some more Ushers in Wisconsin. Hope they stop by and say Hello.

HUGS, Molly CC

 
At Fri Feb 06, 12:33:00 PM , Blogger Shari said...

Breazy, thanks. I hope you'll like the future pics. :)

Becky, I think we all do that. Hate our own pics.

Beth, I'm sure *they* are working on all kinds of research to help. The eye is so much more complex than the ear.

Anne, I would be happy to charge up the "digital" eyeglasses if they could do that.

Amrita, thanks. The only thing I would ask in a "digital eyeglass" is having things look "closer than they appear".

Wendi, I probably will lighten the hair a bit before summer, though. I'm sure the blue will still work with my hair and skin. (Hopefully..)

Kila, Thanks. Never come between a girl and her camera, eh?? :)

Erin, I haven't named my computer or iPod. Hmmm, will have to think of catchy names for them...

Molly, loing the camera. :) I love the "instant" part of digital cameras. No waiting to finish a roll of film and developing them. Yay.

Yeah, soon, the hair will grow out. I guess I'll use the barely there scar as "badge of honor", too. :)

 

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