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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 19:50

Applewatch is lots of useful things but also bossy!

Written by  Loren Cox
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When I peer into the mirror I see my right hazel/green eye.  Traveling downwards and towards the left I can see my nose then my mouth.  Following the nose upwards and then to the left I can then see my left eye.  Welcome to tunnel vision.

I am a daughter, sister, niece, friend, student, wife and mother.  I also have Usher Syndrome type 2.

My new 42mm Apple iWatch series 1 kindly donated by the Molly Watt Trust, arrived on the day of my Grandfathers funeral, a bittersweet moment.

I have been using Apple products for as long as I can remember so syncing the iWatch with my iPhone 5se was easily done. 

At first I was slightly daunted by the small screen and equally small symbols to tap to activate each app and I did wonder if I would ever get used to it.  The large watch face and its many options to choose from are easy to read and engage with.  The main one I use is the first option where the activity levels take up most of the screen and the time can clearly be seen in the top right hand corner.  

The activity circlet is quite addictive and causes my competitive side to try and complete each of the 3 sections on a daily basis.  There is a pang of disappointment if I don’t achieve this!

The iWatch is also incredibly bossy!

It likes to remind me to stand up if I have been sitting down for too long, every hour!  Having a 7yr old and 17month old means the the chance to sit can be a miraculous achievement.  I have been known to cheat and just hold my arm up!!

It did take me a few weeks to get used to being easily contactable.   Before the iWatch arrived there were times when I would miss an important phone call or not realise I had been sent an emergency text message that needed a reply asap.  I am now alerted straight away and I have the choice whether or not to answer nowadays- normally because I’ve misplaced my phone somewhere! 

Due to the fact I’m still using ancient analogues I am unable to sync the device- unlike with digital aids.  From other blogs I have read I do understand there is a perk to having the speaker on the other end discreetly blue-toothed straight to the digital aid but it will take more than that to convince me to change.  I am very much stuck in my old ways.

The vibration alert can be quite jarring so I have played around with the sensitivity levels.  

When out and about I feel a lot safer knowing my phone is out of sight and tucked away in my bag.  Using a white cane adds a vulnerability factor. 

I have only been using my white cane for 6 months- since when I received the iWatch.  It gave me the confidence boost to ‘come out’ and announce to the world why Im such a clumsy idiot.  I say idiot because my pride and independence is incredibly high and I was in denial about the reality of how poor my vision really is.  Being a mother of two young children meant I could no longer dice with my life everyday whilst navigating the high streets and roads.  

When out and about in new places I use the google maps app, I don’t yet trust the hap-tics and will still check the screen at every turn or pulse. 

When I was younger I used to be an Illustrator and now I have changed career and Im currently studying/training to be a Counsellor/Therapist.  The iWatch is incredibly useful for client sessions.  Not being able to see the clock straight away when I look at the wall I get flustered trying to locate it.  Time boundaries are an important part of the therapeutic alliance so being able to use the timer on the iWatch to discreetly vibrate a few minutes towards the end gives me time to wind down the session without causing interference.

I also downloaded the app ‘Just press Record’.  This enables me to record class lectures and client sessions for case studies at the tap of the button; which then streams via bluetooth directly to my iPhone.  I can save the file on either device and they automatically sync.  Its also audibly louder than the iPhone app ‘Voice Memo’ which makes a huge difference when Im transcribing.  

Before the iWatch I had to ask a fellow peer to transcribe for me which was such a ball-ache making sure I was adhering to the ethical boundaries of confidentiality by gaining permission from my client during the contracting stage.

It does come with its own transcriber option; but I would advise against using it because its rather unpredictable... but it can also be amusing if you are up for a laugh! 
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