Thursday, March 13, 2014

Do the Blind Have Super Senses?

One thing I have noticed since losing my sight is that  people now think that I have some sort of super sense.

A few weeks ago, I was waiting to cross a street, not too far away was a workman with a leaf blower, Leif, my guide dog, had led me to the kerb and we were waiting for a break in traffic.  I had asked Leif to take me across the street a couple of times and he ignored me, intelligent disobedience at work I think.

Well a motorist  shouts at me "Are you ccrossing?" I nearly jump out of my skin, because I didn't know he was there. The racket from the leaf blower still ripping through the air.

"Sorry. My dog says it's not safe." I reply, funny enough now a standard reply to lots of questions, no-one ever wants to argue with Leif. Don't know why? They often want to argue with me. LOL

Anyway  the motorist went on his merry way and Leif took me across the street.

I was telling my in-laws about the incident and they just said. "He thought you could hear him, with your super hearing." T

Then a collegue at work pointed out that some construction tests on the building. :You will probably smell it like we are on fire first. Don't worry. It's not a fire." Blind supersense again I thought.

To be honest. I have not got super hearing, and have not got a super sense  of smell.

When I was using my cane, I did find I could recognize intersections by the noise the sidewalk made against my cane, it was not a super sense but merely a recognition of the hollow sounds of sidewalk paving, someone with a stroller or bicycle might hear the same noise but take no notice because their eyes told them where they were.

In the case of the "fire smell" I never picked up on that. But as with Leif,  I can smell grilling steak half a block away, but that is probably because I love steak and Leif would love to  learn to love steak.

In my case, sad as I am to say so. No, I as a blind person have not got super senses.

Any comments?