Rhodri wrote:Stuff about eyes
It's things like this that I sometimes get annoyed at. Whenever you don't have to wear the eyepatch, nobody knows or cares that you're disabled, or close to it, because it isn't visible. As people may have noticed from my sig, I suffer from congenital analgesia, one of the "invisible" disabilities. I have my own version of the eyepatch, which comes in the form of visible injuries and scars. Some stay, some fade, some are mysteries even to me, but people ask about them from time to time. The answer is pretty much always the same, like I'm reading from a script.
One thing that you may or may not have experienced is the "Oh yeah? Prove it". This happens when people refuse to believe that there is anything wrong with you and require proof of your condition. With your eyes, it's probably as simple as showing your contacts or something, but for my CIP, it adds to the proverbial eyepatch. They usually want to test my reaction to being hit. Now, as much as I'd like to compare this to asking a man in a wheelchair to stand up and prove he can't walk, I can't. A wheelchair is a common sight, and paralysis is common enough that people don't ask about it. People already know what it is. Lesser known conditions though, they get a lot of raised eyebrows and "tests". At least I do.
I don't get the festival effect you talked about very often. One thing I do get though is the classroom effect. Hisao enters the class and sees a bunch of normal looking people. It makes him feel like a hidden freak, until he realises he's in a room full of people with disabilities. I'm never in that room though. I know I'm different, and I know that people can't see that, but it still makes me feel weird in large crowds. I always feel the need to find somebody else who is different.