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,