I am not sure if we have a post running on this topic or not at the moment so I have started one anyway.
The last couple of days, I have had some people say or ask some insensitive questions when they have seen me on my crutches - I know sometimes people do this without meaning to be hurtful, but it is hard sometimes not to take their comments to heart. Below are two examples:
1) The other afternoon I was leaning against the wall waiting for my bus, holding on to my 2 elbow crutches. This guy says to me:
Are you a proper cripple or are you just blagging it?
I was quite shocked so I just said:
and he said:
Oh, how appalling for you.
He then went staggering down the road - I think he had had one too many to drink, but he still left me feeling a bit upset about it all.
2) This morning we popped into my hubby's Bowls Club to collect some prizes we had won in the Xmas raffle . A woman I did not know, after seeing me on my crutches said something like:
Oh dear, what a shame you are on crutches for Xmas - how long are you likely to be on those?
For life. Remember, crutches are for life, not just for Xmas!!
The woman was mortified and apologised for putting her foot in it. To be honest she did not really upset me too much but the guy at the bus stop did. I often think of witty things I could have replied with after the event, but I am not usually quick enough to come out with them.
Has anyone else experienced any insensitive questions lately, or got any witty replies they would like to share with the group?
Take care all