Deaf and Blind, but not Dumb

Coco, my dog, is aging too early. He’s only 13, and his breed can generally be healthy for a lot longer than that. He’s gone deaf, now he’s blind, and since he wasn’t here while I travelled for the last month and he is having a very difficult time readjusting to his home. He’s still so smart, that is obvious, but he’s afraid. He has fallen down stairs, off of porches, run (and I mean run) straight into walls, he’s becoming almost paralyzed with fear now. It is hard to express his spirit without injury.

When my daughter Josi was very young, just 7 or 8, she read a biography of Helen Keller. After that she would pretend to be blind in various situations, even in a hotel lobby and elevator I remember, really wanting to understand what Helen’s life might have been like. She would even dream about her.

Now I find myself trying to do this with Coco, but it isn’t easy. What would it be like?

4 Responses to “Deaf and Blind, but not Dumb”

  1. Debbie Says:

    Give Coco a big hug from me!! You will just have to bubble wrap your house to keep him safe. ☺

    • Tayria Ward Says:

      Your hugs are going to him Debbie. I’m sure he’d love your special touch right now. It’s a tough time for him, but you were so understanding and there for him. I’ll try to channel it for you, he needs that. Thanks. Hope you’re well.

  2. barryb64 Says:

    When I saw the title, I smiled. My thought was that I found a disabled advocate who is expounding on a simple fact. Just because I am legally blind hand hard of hearing; guess what? I’m not dumb.

    If you really want fun, try this little anecdote. 🙂

    I went to University of Medicine and Dentistry with my friend. She’s 11 years older than I. Because there was some added question, a doctor came out to talk. He went straight to my friend and said “I’m here to talk with you about your son.” Eh, I was 40 years old.

    It is amazing how some people assume that you are somehow stupid because you’re visually impaired and hearing impaired. I rescued my friend by to politely correct the gentleman. It is true, I do look to be in my mid 20s to 30s and yet!

    In contrast, my friend’s husband helped me to get a new phone. The Sprint PCS rep talked directly to me and yet included the husband. He actually thought my other friend was my dad. 🙂 This sales rep had the right idea. He talked directly with me. He even went so far to help with setting the phone up so I could see the #s on the screen.

    • Tayria Ward Says:

      Hold the truth of your life like a flame to light the way for the rest of us. I don’t know how we have become so disconnected with reality to imagine that our sight and hearing has anything at all to do with our intelligence or actual ability to perceive. You have a lot to teach about this, so try to be patient with those who have a hard time getting it. All blessings to you in your journey!

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