It’s really not obvious-is it….?

Hello friends!

Panto season is upon me and in true form, I am currently in the midst of it all!  “Oh yes I am..!”

So. This title. A few events have happened recently that have really made me look at myself and my life and everything in my life.

One of those being..is being disabled.

Now. This is a result of this bloody illness prior to the t.m attack I was not disabled.

In the early days…..yes you could see I was-yes the wheelchair, the walking sticks-the odd walk….but now….not so much is it obvious.

Those close to me see the good, the bad, the ugly-others see….well…the good…and the bad/ugly….but dressed in a disguise.

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Work mates are now used to me living on paracetamol/ibuprofen-(not literally living off them!) But asking if anyone has any if I have ran out and my others are not in my work bag etc.. they see the funky dunky desk set up, the funny waddle if I have sat too long, the physio excercises when I stand up with my desk…but…others who do not know me….just see me…. don’t they?

I had to use a standard desk and chair for training recently and that was….painful…..it was just….uncomfortable…my legs and back ached and I was just not right..I told my mentor who had no idea….but why would she?

The looks when I use a disabled toilet….the lift instead of stairs…the panic of going down an escalator…..up…fine…

But I look ok don’t I? Because I don’t always fit the stereo type…

My appearance can be misleading….

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But what really hurts is comments about my weight.

Yes I could eat better….but…some of this is out of my control…my thyroid is knackered, I hold water, I get constipated and take a concotion of medication.

So friends-if you see a none typical looking disabled person using their blue badge for a parking space, or maybe someone has piled weight on and doesn’t quite seem themselves…take a moment before you judge. Perhaps something is going on you cannot see.

I would be a rich if I had a pound for every time someone said “you don’t look disabled, I had no idea,”

Be excellent to each other.

Until next time.

X

 

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