Archive | October 2012

Disability to Disability

I know I advocate a lot for average people to reach out to people with disabilities. Within this issue comes another issue. Is it right or wrong for people with disabilities to reach out to each other regardless of what type of disability the other person has?

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. I take American History 2 with the same professor I had for American History 1. He gives take-home tests, 4 in a semester and a few weeks to do it. He doesn’t care how it’s done, as long as it’s done.

So there’s an older guy in my class who suffered a TBI pretty badly. We got our first tests back last week and I asked him how he did. He said he didn’t do so good. The next class, I went back and asked him if he’d like to study with me and my friend.  He declined, thanking me for the offer.

It’s always nice to help other people with disabilities even if  you have a condition yourself. It’s just common courtesy to offer help to others that need it even if they turn it down.

I’ll hopefully have a slogan for my website soon. It’s going to say, “Underestimation is the real disability”.

And in my eyes, that’s true. Underestimation is the true problem in America. Look at some of these paraplegics in the special olympics. People probably look down at those newbies trying to compete in the events each year. And what happens? The audience is proven wrong by the ones who receive metals.

So is underestimation worth it after all? I think not. It’s just a waste of breath to say something that can be proven untrue.

Being a college student isn’t easy, but it certainly is rewarding.

I’m starting the college transfer experience and it’s overwhelming. It’s harder this time around because I have more choices than I did in high school. In high school, I only could choose between two community colleges, This time, however, I have more options because I am transferring to a four year school. Unfortunately, I need to stay close to home because I am not able to fully care for myself.

Aside from the research, I am doing good in my current classes. I enjoy all my subjects and I was blessed to get all good professors this semester. My classmates are very sociable too. All in all, the semester is going smoothly.

Last night, I went to my support group and had an interesting meeting.

I get there and find new people there so we went around to introduce ourselves. My group leader made an interesting comment. Many years ago, he was in an accident and he injured his spinal cord and became quadriplegic,

Many people have the misconception that quadriplegics cannot move any thing below the neck. Even I thought that…until last night that is.

There are different degrees to being quadriplegic and it depends how you injure your spinal cord. Granted, some people can’t move at all, but this guy can use his hands, but the nerve impulse in his hand is limited. I was shocked to find this out.

 

The rest of the meeting was spent listening to a lecture on a new sport wheelchair called the Panthera model from Sweden. This wheelchair is so light and steady. It’s made of tititanium. I saw different models the company makes. I tried one or two and it was very comfortable. I don’t know which company I like more: Invacare or Panthera. Both have good quality products.

I accomplished something great in walking today. Up to this point in the semester, I’ve been doing two laps around the arena. Let me put this in perspective for you.  The entire arena is a quarter of a mile. Four laps around is equal to a mile. I walked 3 laps today. That’s 3/4 of a mile!

Don’t let your disability stop you from setting goals for yourself. Limitations are obstacles that can be succumbed. I have a goal to be able to walk 4 laps. Maybe more-who knows. But realistically, if I wanted to be able to do those 4 laps, I first have to master 3 laps to get used to that workout. Once I’ve done that, then I can add an extra lap. And that concept applies in all forms of exercise from stretching to running in marathons. So my message to my readers today is don’t go crazy when exercising. Increase your strength by slowly building up your workout. Otherwise you’ll hurt yourself.

What a wacky situation I found myself in Tuesday morning.

My aide and I had just gotten on the ambullette and we had a driver we’ve never had before. He seemed nice-no driver abuse or anything. He was a kind man, just had a thing or two to learn.

Nobody is perfect and everybody has flaws. I get that. The guy apparently had an autistic son. The son must have a low degree of autism because the man said something peculiar to me. As my aide was helping me off, the driver said, “Have a nice day. If you’re good, maybe the teacher will give you a lollipop.”

What? You said that to me, a college student? I forgive him for his mistake, but I kind of felt embarrassed when he said it.

My advice for everyone is to think where you are and who you’re with. I get you sometimes forget who you’re with and sometimes words just slip out. But sometimes, things accidentally are said that hurt or embarrassed. Please try to avoid it. People might take it wrong and get angry or embarrassed. I didn’t like what was said and other people with disabilities might not appreciate it either.