Lot 48: what i learned from my day in a wheelchair

July 11, 2016

what i learned from my day in a wheelchair

as a lot of you know, i sprained my ankle last week.  it happened when i was walking into work and there was a piece of tile that was sticking out of the pavement.  i tripped on it and went allll the way down, rolling my ankle in the process.  it really hurt and i tried not to cry and went back upstairs to work until my coworkers forced me to leave and go get it x-rayed.  they were very kind.  because it hurt like a b***.

the next day, i really couldn't walk on it at all. so when i got to work, i got a wheelchair.  

i like to think of myself as a grateful person. i try really hard everyday to never take for granted my health, that i can walk, that i have so many blessings.  but once you get injured things change a bit.  you realize how really important being able to walk without pain is.  

i was really worried that while in the wheelchair, people would think i was paralyzed and that would be offensive to the handiCAPABLE community.  so i said "just sprained my ankle!!" a lot.  

people were really helpful all day.  pushing the elevator button that i couldn't reach, opening doors for me.  and directing yourself in a wheelchair is a lot harder than it looks!! and by the end of the day, my arms felt really strong and just a bit sore.  

i am now evermore grateful for my health, that i can walk, that i have my health, that i have so many blessings.  being in that situation can really humble you. i'm so fortunate to have my health.

and that's all she wrote. 

3 comments:

  1. It's crazy how we don't realize what others deal with on a daily basis. Such a true story and reason to be grateful!

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  2. Yes getting around in a wheelchair looks easy but can be a lot harder then it looks and when you look at those wheelchair athletics they have really strong looking arms

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  3. I'm so glad people were helpful to you!

    I remember a few years ago when I broke my arm. I was wrapped up in a huge splint and was OBVIOUSLY injured. I was walking through a store with my friend who was literally 9 months pregnant. People kept getting in our way, refusing to move for us, refusing to help either of us in any way. It was seriously crazy.

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