Opportunities come that I can go out with member of my therapy team. These chances can sometimes really teach me something important.
Like the last time I went I realized something profound…I was the only one there that LOOKED handicapped. They were all walking while I was in a wheelchair, their arms and legs worked where mine very obviously did not.
Some had cognitive issues.
Some had head wound issues.
Some had problems speaking, others had problems with vision.
But when we were separate, mine were the only problems you could SEE.
And, so what. I was working hard towards my goals with nothing to be embarrassed about. No one ever says a word to put another person’s hard work down.
Would you believe that someone else had the balls to complain? They actually said they couldn’t clean off the table because he only had one arm.
Someone with two working legs, a working arm past his shoulder, a working face with functional mouth….WHINED.
I won’t even lie….I almost hit him.
But I couldn’t run away.