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This diary is another in an ongoing series about living daily with Asperger's Syndrome. If you'd like to know more about my diagnosis, you should start here.
Hi folks. Some of you have asked me to post some news regarding my new job. Well, it turns out that's not the only new thing I got this month. I also had an eye exam done, and from what the doctor said, it was long overdue.

I'll explain more below the fold.

As some of you may know, I recently started working with Geographic Information Systems in my county's Natural Resources department. They have several areas for which they use GIS, one of which being watersheds and storm drains. The job itself is going well, and I learned my way around ArcGIS fairly quickly (In about a week, actually). I've learned a bit about how infrastructure works, though I have yet to go to sites in the field and actually investigate inlets, manholes or even watersheds.

The job had been going well the first 3 weeks, but not without issue. I found myself tired by noon and I was nearly asleep by the end of the day, so I asked my mentors about this, and they recommended an eye exam based on the symptoms I described. Unfortunately, like many folks without insurance, this was not possible...or so I thought.

A social worker with the entity I got the internship through helped me sign up for the Lion's Club, which helps with glasses and eye exams. Through the eye exam, I found out I have Lazy Eye and Astigmatism. With my glasses, I'm able to do a lot more that I would have strained to do before. This must have gone on for years, because I struggled throughout my entire life to do things like reading or writing, and this revelation sure explains a lot.

I guess you could say I fell through the cracks in more ways than one as a kid, but this internship I'm doing, along with finding my wife and her family (Along with many others) has made up for it more than anyone will ever know. I don't know if I'll ever have a full time job, but I do intend to expand on my skills as much as I can during the coming weeks.

See you around,

Homer

Originally posted to The Aspie Corner on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 04:39 PM PDT.

Also republished by KOSpectrum.

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  •  Tip Jar (24+ / 0-)

    I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

    by Homer177 on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 04:39:56 PM PDT

  •  that has to make a big difference (7+ / 0-)

    to be able to see well, after not being able to, and not knowing why, for so long.  i'm so glad you were able to get an exam and some help with your vision.

    congratulations on your success at your job, and i wish you all the best in completing your internship.  this is one of the most inspiring series i've ever read.  and as to your .sig, yes, you are helping in ways you may not be aware of, by promoting awareness of A.S.  

    my little nephew (almost 7) is an Aspie. before we knew that, i knew he struggled in ways that we couldn't understand and didn't know how to help with.  when you write about falling through the cracks, i understand.  this actually breaks my heart, because i believe it happens to Aspies too often.  

    i'm very grateful to you for sharing your experiences, Homer, and genuinely wish for you all the success and joy in the world.  you deserve it. ;)  

    Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

    by Avila on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 04:56:07 PM PDT

    •  It certainly does make a difference. (5+ / 0-)

      And you're probably right about falling through the cracks..It happened to me for a variety of reasons, but alcoholism and drugs were huge factors in my upbringing.

      Granted, I never did those things as a kid, but that sort of thing can affect a kid all the same, especially when you lose a parent so young like I did.

      In any case, I appreciate the well wishes.

      I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

      by Homer177 on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 05:03:32 PM PDT

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      •  people in general (2+ / 0-)
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        just my opinion, but i think we tend to value what's easily understood, and have little tolerance for differences, or appreciation for people who we sense are a bit different than we are, or what we expect.

        not everyone, but many.  the differences can be frustrating, and to not know what to say or do to help someone who's struggling, or perhaps hard to get to know?  we give up too  easily, sometimes.  we talk about "leaving no child behind," but it's exactly what we do, too often.  

         

        Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

        by Avila on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 05:35:29 PM PDT

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  •  What good news (4+ / 0-)

    So happy to hear that you were able to get your vision corrected and that the Lions Club was helpful. I buy Christmas trees from them and so I knew that their mission was to improve sight. But to hear a real account is just wonderful. Thanks for sharing. You made my night.

    As the president says, Forward.

    •  I got glasses from the Lions Club. (3+ / 0-)
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      When I first started to work for the City of Baltimore, my vision wasn't up to par. The clinic they sent me to was connected to the Lions Club, so I wasn't caught waiting for the money to buy new glasses before I could work to get that money.

      The furor over Friday's [10.5] job report revealed a political movement that is rooting for American failure, so obsessed with taking down Obama that good news drives its members into a blind rage. -Paul Krugman

      by Judge Moonbox on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 05:59:32 PM PDT

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  •  wonderful news! (5+ / 0-)

    Everything sounds like it's going so well, and I'm very glad for you, and also very proud of you. : )

    Life is a shipwreck. But we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. — Voltaire

    by agrenadier on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 05:27:15 PM PDT

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