A disgruntled woman wrote me the other day about one of the biggest pet peeves I think most people have when living the wheelchair life.
People who have no qualms about using our wheelchairs as an end to a means for something they need to get accomplished. Have no idea what I’m talking about? Let me explain.
The woman who wrote me told me that last week, while waiting for the elevator with a coworker, this coworker suddenly propped his foot up on her wheelchair and tied his shoe. I don’t know about you, but if you use a wheelchair, this is about equal to someone putting their foot on your thigh. Highly offensive barely covers it.
But not everybody gets this apparently, as the jerk at her work so rudely exemplified. For people who have no experience being around someone in a wheelchair (and make no mistake there are a lot of people in this boat; if I had to put a number on it, probably 90% of the populace have never had direct contact with someone in a wheelchair), they don’t even think about the people in the wheelchairs.
Our wheelchair is an extension of our personal space. It can’t be avoided no matter how you feel about being in a wheelchair. They say our