A reader asked me to share this with you. It is a new emergency alert system for seniors. I’ll give you the website. It’s https://www.reviews.com/medical-alert-systems/. I know that emergencies can be a very thing and I hope that this new system can help in those situations.
I had a really weird experience today. I was in Walmart and Grandma was doing her own shopping and I was doing mine. I was in the pool aisle and I ran into a woman. She asked if I was OK and then, she said something in Spanish to me and I had no idea what she said and I took it in school.
I feel bad that I have no idea what was said. I took Spanish in school and I loved it. I loved learning it. So, I feel bad that I don’t know what her intention was. Minus the fact that I wasn’t paying attention to the words spoken. Was it a blessing? Whatever it was, I took it to be a positive vibe.
Sometimes, we get a blessing in disguise. We don’t know what it will be, but all that we can do is be grateful that someone cared enough to bless us and take it positively.
Just like physical therapy and occupational therapy have goals, I needed to do goals for Self Direction. For my Self Direction goals, I did socializing in the community, learning how to swim, horseback riding and then, I did baking for a rainy day. I look back and I ask myself, “I already have so many hours. Does it pay to add walking or will it overwhelm the aides?”
I added a lot of physical goals to force myself to work on myself. Why? Throughout high school and college, I have not had a lot of time to work on myself physically. My muscles have probably started to atrophy and I want to reverse that. I also want to swim leisurely and gain independence in the pool. I would love to do some of those water sports like snorkeling and tubing. Maybe I will get married one day and my husband wants to go snorkeling on our honeymoon. I want to be able to go with him without being a burden. And I want to be more involved with horseback riding.
And I want to meet people at the pool or elsewhere in the community. I almost am done with school and I don’t want to be isolated from parties or social events. I want to break down the social barrier of not being self-conscious when talking to a guy or not being jittery around that hot guy. I want to know what’s going in the community too.
I hope those dreams come true. Right now, they all seem like fantasies, but hopefully, they come true as my independence unfolds.
So I am almost out of school. After twenty years of education, I will be out and in the work force. I sit here and contemplate, “A job? What? How did I manage to finish school?”
When I first started, I thought that I would be in school forever. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and how long it would take me. I finally got through my Bachelors of Science degree in psychology and my paralegal certificate. And, inch by inch, the years flew like the wind blowing the pages of a book closed on an autumn day.
People with and without disabilities can get through college. I know that it’s a lot of work, but people can do it. I’m proud that I am done with school soon and I can’t wait to embark on my next adventure.
I hope that within the next few years, we see more outbreaks in disability treatments. Maybe a medicine will come out for spina bifida, or a way of reversing muscular dystrophy. There are so many disabilities that should be treated and the range of each disability’s symptoms vary greatly that it is hard to know where to start. I hope that this is the beginning of multiple breakthroughs.