Saturday, 15 October 2011

Yet More You Know You've Got CP When...

...something gets said to you and you're frustrated but not at all surprised by it. When you tell a friend however, she IS shocked and says that it makes her despair of humanity. get annoyed that someone else isn't a wheelchair user because you're having a ridiculous conversation in which you can't make them understand your point. If they were a wheelchair user? It wouldn't have even come up. didn't know who that woman who said "hi Emma how are you?" as you wheeled past was for a minute or so. Then it hits you. She's a receptionist at the Doctors.

...your best friends include a former physio of yours and someone who was your carer.

...people don't remember your name but when asked who they mean say "the girl in the wheelchair" plan to take your wheelchair, your walker and a toilet surround when you visit your family. For the afternoon.

...your powerchair is a source of great amusement to drunken football fans at the train station who wonder what will happen if they grab the joystick and dare each other to do it (they didn't try it)

...people who barely know you tell you off for taking back language and calling yourself a crip but at the same time have no problem using hate speech such as the R word when joking with friends. get a phone call asking if you'd mind using the gents toilets when you go out as the ladies isn't accessible. And although you don't like it, you've done it before and you'll do it again. really enjoy writing blog entries like this!


Hannah Ensor said...

I love these blog entries! I may not have CP, but I've enough crip experience to pickture Oh so clearly the scenarios you paint :D

Jessica Anne said...

Hi! Just saw your blog on the ICLW website. My hubby is a wheelchair user (not because of CP, but rather a car accident) and people say the oddest things all the time! We went to the doctor's office once and the nurse practitioner asked if he had a wheelchair at home as well... My husband was like... well yeah, I have to use it everywhere.... It was very strange. I look forward to reading more of your blog entries!



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