Well, I have had this cast on my leg for three and a half weeks and I have a whole new respect for the disabled! Wheelchairs aren't the end all. Sometimes I pinch my fingers, can't get close enough to things and don't even mention carpeting or steps! There are allot of steps in the world! It limits where you can go and visit, eat out, etc. Restrooms are still a challenge. The handicap restroom may have enough room to navigate, but not a bar to hang onto as one has to "dress" themselves after their business. Doors on the restrooms might depend on another patron to close the door. Some can only be backed into. Some restrooms have many turns before you actually get to the stalls! Crutches aren't that easy. Pavement is uneven and full of cracks and holes. Beware! I still don't know how anyone gets up stairs with crutches. I am incredibly weak and just can't push my body up on one leg and crutches!
Some people offer to help, others offer a blind eye. Be the kind of person who helps!
- I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.