I was feeling lonely off and on for a few weeks. Then, I started talking to a guy and that has been wary. So I was upset for a little while and then a tiny bit of sun peaked through the clouds today. I was just finished lunch and a guy randomly asked me if I ate. I told him that I ate. I just found it so generous that someone asked me that. I mean, honestly, how many strangers ask people in wheelchairs if they ate. There are truly good people out there and I don’t think that the media shows enough stories of these random acts of kindness. I’m a traditionalist and I think that women need a gentleman in their lives. This guy was a gentleman and I applaud him for that.
So in the past year, we saw American Pharaoh win the Triple Crown. His trainer was on the news the other day. He was a paraplegic and he trained the horse from a wheelchair and he was a success. So now, I have been wanting to train horses for awhile so this made me even more determined to go into the business. With an augmentative communication device, time and patience, I think that I could train a few horses. It is worth a shot. Crazy I may be, but I really would like to try. I mean, look at Helen Keller who made speeches and wrote her autobiography. She was blind and couldn’t talk, but she made a living for herself. Beethoven was deaf and he composed music.
Granted I’m in school to be a school psychologist, but I would like to do this as a weekend job. OK, by now, I have revealed myself to be a full-fledged country girl, but this is a dream of mine to work with one of my favorite kind of farm animal. Now that I’ve been exposed to this back-story, I wonder if I can get into the field. Time will tell.
Don’t give up on any of your dreams. If you really want it, go for it. Don’t let a disability, condition or a sickness stop you. Set high expectations for yourself, stick to them and make something of yourself. And don’t let anyone stop you.
I am sorry for not blogging lately. I have my hands tied up with homework. I figured tonight I would do a blog since I don’t have classes tomorrow.
Five years ago, I gave a girl from my middle school advisory the shock of her life. She didn’t know that I could walk and she was about to graduate high school. I was washing my hands in the girls’ bathroom and I looked towards the door. She was talking to somebody, oblivious of what was about to happen. I was in my walker and I walked over to her.
She stopped talking to her friend and she was stunned to see that I was walking. I was so happy to see her right before she graduated. I met up with her on social media one day and she said that she teared up when she saw me walk. I hope that it made her graduation very special.
So I put in for a new augmentation communication device last Tuesday. I can’t stop celebrating this because my current device is having problems. It’s taking longer and longer for this Dynavox to load screens and stuff like that. I’m excited for new features. I can make phone calls. There is a new text message setup where the browser actually looks like a modern cell phone’s screen. I’m getting WordPower, which is the same system that I was eyeing last year. I can type a message on the device and it’ll transfer to any computer. I’m really excited because this is the most updated device I’ve ever had.. The bad part is that I have to wait a few months for it and I don’t know how long it will take to get it. I have been waiting a month for my new wheelchair so I figure another month or so for that. So it will be about the same for this device.
These kinds of medical devices take a long time to process and it’s really a shame because I need these two things badly. They take advantage of people that need these kinds of medical supplies. Their rates are sky-high and they make you wait five years to get a new augmentative communication device or wheelchair. I just hope that this device comes sooner than I think because I am tired of having a Dynavox that’s falling apart.