So here I am on a beautiful bench surrounded by tropical plants. Yet to those new to MS I am one of those who “end up in a wheelchair.” How can that be? I’m not even in the chair!
One of the first things those diagnosed with MS are told is, “most patients who have MS do not end up in a wheelchair.” I have MS and paraplegia. I’ve used a wheelchair for over 23 years. “…end up in a wheelchair” is the most demeaning thing I have encountered, and that is the way those newly diagnosed are welcomed. I have not “ended up” anywhere except north of the Artic Circle, south to beautiful Aruba, east to Amsterdam and Paris, and west to Hong Kong.
The difference is my wheelchair. It is made of titanium. It is custom fit to me. It is a prosthetic lower body, and it is nothing like the standard wheelchairs that are so common. I don’t feel the chair because it is a part of me.
Instead of telling people they likely won’t “end up,” let’s tell them the truth. There is equipment available to keep you going, and you won’t “end up” an invalid.
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Converse shoes, feet on the footrest, now let’s roll and see what we find next.
Top photo shows George sitting on a carved, stone bench with legs crossed and his wheelchair in front of him. Second picture shows his titanium chair, small and lightweight. Third picture has his feet wearing blue Converse shoes and sitting together on the footrest a few inches above the ground.
She waited; we waited. The beautiful tiger.We went to Animal Kingdom on Monday. It was wall to wall people. No doubt the park was at capacity. As usual, though, there are times when you can find a peaceful place away from the herd. Whilst the crowds pressed against the window, she kept her distance. She waited, and they lost patience and left.
Sandy and I quietly moved to the window and waited. There she was, looking at us from over the hill. Satisfied that she could patrol in peace, she moved into our viewing area. Satisfied that waiting was going to pay off, we remained quiet and still.
For several minutes she patrolled her territory near the window. More people came, and she quietly sauntered back over the hill. We knew she was there, but our private audience was over.
There are times I get hopelessly frustrated when I cannot get to something or see over obstacles or people. If I’m patient and work around the situation, often good things will happen. We all have limitations, some more obvious than others, but if we are patient and believe we can accomplish much.
Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate each of you. And thank you for your patience as I went too long without writing. I had an unwelcome guest sharing my body in the form of MS fatigue. I’m hoping it left and went back to wherever it came from in the first place.
Top photo shows a hill with a wooded area opening onto a clearing. The tiger is looking over the hill directly at us. The next two photos show the tiger pacing back and forth in front of us.