If you *actually have* a physical disability, what is it?

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Choose the most severe physical disability that applies to you. Blank vote if none apply.

Hearing impairment (Moderate to severe in one or both ears)
79
8%
Deafness (Profound in one ear)
21
2%
Deafness (Profound in both ears)
24
3%
Muteness
35
4%
Low vision (Correctable to 20/70-20/200)
436
46%
Legal blindness (Not correctable to 20/200)
35
4%
Blindness (Total in one eye)
42
4%
Disabled/amputated arm or hand
20
2%
Disabled/amputated leg or foot
48
5%
Other (specify) (NOT including mental or milder physical disabilities)
210
22%
 
Total votes: 950

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Post by Shades of Grey » Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:02 am

Do you work with artillery or something? My uncle was a marine and he worked with such things for a while. His hearing went downhill as well.
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Post by contown » Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:47 am

No individual category for us smell-blind folks? For shame. :lol:

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Post by ze spy » Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:50 am

I'm blind in one eye, like I said in another thread, I was born with it, my mother was in a car crash before I was born, fucking it up, you probably couldn't tell I was blind unless you were looking for it.
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Post by Smoku » Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:57 am

oh, I have also astigmatism on the left eye. Can't read much with it. thankfully, humans tend to have two eyes. The second one is the main which does everything. I can switch from looking with my right eye to looking with my left one. Weird. And even weirder is the fact that the left eye has better sigh in dark places then the right one, tough it overally sees far worse.

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Post by Esa94 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:06 am

Smoku wrote:And even weirder is the fact that the left eye has better sigh in dark places then the right one, tough it overally sees far worse.
Seeing colours and seeing in the dark are two different things :)

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Post by G3n0c1de » Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:36 am

I have correctable near sightedness, don't know the number though. But in my understanding of those numbers, is the poll only covering nearsightedness?
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Post by Xuan » Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:49 am

I'm born to be near sighted, er, I'm not sure how you measure it standard terms so I'll just use the one I'm familiar with. I'm 300 on both eyes since 4 years old, now my right eye is 800 and my left 650. I couldn't type/read computer words unless I'm 15 cm or less from the monitor if I had no glasses, though my mum had it worse (right eye 1000). Still, I discover that if it wasn't for the need to see details for the rest of my human life, I can live like this just fine.
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Post by Warwick » Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:58 am

Nearsightedness from my mom, started at around 3rd grade. Degenerated fairly regularly, but has leveled off too around 450 in each eye by high school. Not sure how it correlates to the 20/20 scale, but it comes down to about 9 inches from my face before things become perfectly clear again. No problems whatsoever, and picking stylish glasses for myself is a minor joy.
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Post by Nightdragon » Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:55 am

Shades of Grey wrote:Do you work with artillery or something? My uncle was a marine and he worked with such things for a while. His hearing went downhill as well.
No, I work as a CH-46E mechanic. Unsurprisingly, jet engines and turbines can be very very loud and high pitched. MY job requires me to be right next to them at times, so you can kinda guess at why we have to have yearly hearing exams.

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Post by Run Out Groove » Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:03 pm

Insanely nearsighted. I can only see anything clearly if it's 2-3 inches in front of my face. Anything beyond that is blurry, I can only see a general contour of objects and people at that point.

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Post by Caesius » Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:25 pm

For metric reference, 20/20 is equal to 6/6 (20 ft. = 6 m) while 20/70 is 6/21 and 20/200 is 6/60.
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Post by Ricky Controversy » Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:48 am

While my left eye has 20/10 vision, my right eye has to be corrected to see, well, anything. The actual receptive structure of my right eye is fine, but the focal muscular structure around it is deformed. This means that if I really feel inclined to, I can force that eye to focus in on things enough to make out rough shapes--generally I just amorphous blobs of color--but if I do so for any considerable stretch of time, I can end up tearing those muscles and a little bit of blood will trickle out of that eye sometimes.

Additionally, I had some sort of sinus infection when I was very young that really ravaged the inside of my nose, and I can't breath through it. Mouthbreather, lawl.

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Post by Caesius » Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:52 am

Ricky Controversy wrote:I can end up tearing those muscles and a little bit of blood will trickle out of that eye sometimes.
Okay dude, that's actually really gross.


Do you ever tear those muscles on purpose just to freak people out?
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Post by Ricky Controversy » Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:05 am

Caesius wrote:
Ricky Controversy wrote:I can end up tearing those muscles and a little bit of blood will trickle out of that eye sometimes.
Okay dude, that's actually really gross.

Do you ever tear those muscles on purpose just to freak people out?
Yeah. I used it once to avoid a fight when I was a kid. Being twelve, I thought it would be a good idea to add some dramatic flair, so I made with the demonic growling and rape face as my right eye twitched a bunch and then started to bleed. When you see someone just start bleeding from their eye socket you tend to leave them alone afterward. The down-shot of that is that people other than the bullies took that seriously.

Of course, I have also done it in situations where it's less useful. The first time it happened, I was eight and I was reading a book with really small print, and at the time I had never really put either eye to focused use of that intensity. I felt something wet around my eye and went to check in the mirror and sort of lost it. I was pretty convinced I had some sort of plague and was going to die. Hehe.

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Post by Bara » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:22 pm

51% low vision... So, we are mainly a bunch of coke-bottle glasses wearing geeks. Wow! Is anyone else surprised? :lol:

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