January 30, 2005

Mike May's Journal

Mike May's Journal, which is posted online, has some very interesting factors. Seeing for the first time seems to be such a beautiful thing. It was as though he was reborn and seeing the light was such a wonderful experience for him. Seeing the dust flying around boggles him, seeing the snowflakes confuses him, and seeing everything is just amazing to him.

After three years, Mike May is still astonished by what he sees. He can not see everything, sometimes things are blurry, but he can see. Because of using his hearing his whole life, he did not know how to connect his vision and hearing to one another. He had new experiences everyday.

This story is so amazing that I just couldn't believe someone who was blind for 43 years could finally see again. Technology now-a-days is advancing so quick. If I were to guess, I would say that in a couple more years, deaf people may be able to hear. I would think that the decision for Mike May to go through with the transplant to gain vision was an easy one. After 43 years, he finally realized once again that seeing is a beautiful thing!

After reading Dr. Jerz's comment, I realize that I have not look at the perspective of Mike actually being blind. I'm sure that he had many experiences while being blind that I could never have had before.

I actually know a man who gets into the YMCA Olympic size swimming pool, which is where I work, and swims laps. He swims backstroke, freestyle, with a kickboard, etc. He does it all. You would never be able to tell that he was blind by watching him swim. He told me that he loves to swim and said he wanted to come more often. What my point is, is that it doesn't matter whether you are blind or can see, we are all capable of completing the same tasks or taking part in and enjoying the same activity.

Even though Mike May may have needed assistance while he was blind, he was still capable of doing anything else a seeing person could. In his journal, he was just so appreciative about being able to see his wife's face and dust particles, that I was more focus about how it is a beautiful thing to be able to see. Now I can say that even if a person is blind, they could still have wonderful experiences of beauty, even if they can't see it.

Posted by Anne Stadler at January 30, 2005 10:22 PM

Actually, now that battery-powered hearing aids are so common, you probably know plenty of people who would be functionally deaf without the benefit of technology. Of course, he seems to have lived a full life even without the vision -- he mentions skydiving, and seems to have travelled a lot. It seems like he was very open to beauty even before his vision was restored... it's just that he didn't have the experience that has shaped our understanding of the world.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 30, 2005 11:44 PM

Good job Anne.I would just like to say that Mike's experience alone should be considered beautiful. Not just what he is now encountering or seeing but the whole situation to me is simply beautiful.

Posted by: Denishia Salter at February 3, 2005 10:43 AM
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