Sunday my Apple devices almost made it into my blender.
Now I can laugh at this or at least almost laugh.
My husband gave me a lovely radio for my birthday. I wanted some way to listen to NPR in the kitchen while cooking and a way to play the music on my phone through better speakers. It is a lovely radio and it even has buttons. However some of the buttons cycle through features and it can take a while for the change to take place. Both these traits are tricky to handle for a blind person.
I know I will learn how to do what I want with my lovely new radio but it might take me a while.
I started using the radio to charge my phone. Things seemed to act a bit differently when I set the phone on the charger and removed it the next day.
Several days later, Saturday to be exact, while my husband was away on a business trip the phone did not talk when I removed it from the charger.
I fiddled with it a while and it came back to life.
Sunday morning was a different story. All my phone would do was vibrate when I called it. I could not answer it.
I was dead in the water.
I sadly remembered that all my phone numbers were in the phone.
I tried to keep calm.
I got on the tread mill and tried to think of solutions.
I could not even see how many steps I had on Fitbit.
Those of you who know me know how stressed I must have been.
I remembered I have an I Pad and that it would ring when my phone rang if it were close to the phone and more importantly it had my phone numbers in my contacts.
I had not used the I Pad for months so I plugged it in to charge.
Then I had to sync it with the cloud.
Then I had to update 24 Apps.
Then I had to upgrade their Pad.
At this point a voice in my head was saying no, no, don’t do it.
I did it.
Hours later my I Pad was ready but it would not ring when my phone was vibrating. I could call from the I Pad and text so I was half way there.
I made a game out of doing my normal steps to see how close I would come if my phone ever worked again.
How would I know what the weather was?
I guess I could step outside and figure that out.
I was pretty sure this could be solved if only I could see the screen of the phone.
Neal was coming home that afternoon and if need be we could go straight to the Phone store. I knew how much he would love doing that just after a long flight from Europe.
I decided to go on line and ask Google how to upgrade an I Phone 6. I thought I remembered a way that did not involve reading the screen.
Good old Google brought me right to the answer.
I held down the home button and the on/off button for 20 seconds or until I did not see the Apple logo.
I left the phone plugged in and low and behold, a few minutes later my phone spoke to me.
If I learned anything from all this it is too keep my I Pad up to date and charged.
We are all far too dependent on these phones.