I had to use the motorized scooter at Wal-Mart once again today. In the last month and a half I could walk around Wal-Mart once. I saw a Mennonite girl whispering to her mother and staring at me, then staring, more whispering...until I believe her mother told her "not to stare."
Okay, so that hurt my feelings. The way other people treated me was just as bad. They treated me like I was a nuisance and I kept having to stop suddenly. Just because I'm in a wheelchair doesn't mean I'm invisible!:!:
Then the last thing I was getting was a tiny ice cream cup in the frozen section. I stood up partially and when I did my hip dislocated and I almost yelled. It ended up going back into place, perhaps it was just a subluxation, but either way it hurt!
Then I couldn't make it down the frozen foods aisle to get to the checkouts because two women were standing in front of me. I said "excuse me" 4 or 5 times loudly and then one lady finally moved a small distance down.
Other than Jim, who was with me, the only person who treated me with respect was another lady in a Wal-Mart scooter.
I'm used to saying hi to random people in crowds and smiling at almost everyone even during painful moments I try to hide the pain.
But today when I'd say hi to someone or smile at them they either ignored me or acted rude. If I had something visible like my leg in a cast would they still act that way?
This was the absolute worst of my Wal-Mart trips in wheelchairs and scooters. For all of the rudeness and stares, I am still able to say that one woman genuinely smiled at me, because she knew how I felt, as she was in a scooter, too.
Thanks for listening to me!