• disability,  serial casting,  things people say,  Uncategorized

    >Ask a stupid question…

    >Get a stupid answer! For various reasons I went out yesterday without the fugly clown shoe like cast shoes on top of my casts Fugly cast shoes. The ones I have now are too big for my feet (the ones I had that fit went missing when left at the hospital for the few days I was out of plaster earlier this week) hence the clown shoe description. I went to the supermarket. I was wearing my red skirt which perfectly matches my red casts. Because clearly, matching your clothes and casts is important (unless I want to wear my favourite skirt which clashes but I love, that is…) And…

  • CP related,  songs of my life,  things people say,  Uncategorized

    >Monday Music – Born This Way

    >I first started thinking about using this song for a Monday Music last week after the comments made by Philip Davies in the House of Commons (he said that disabled people should work for less than minimum wage as they are less productive.)  People were tweeting how they were not worthless and it came to mind.  But in the end I tweeted a link to a video of Bruno Mars, Just The Way You Are. Then it turned into a bit of a week when people make stupid comments about my disability. First, earlier in the week someone was saying where the disabled loo was at the event and another…

  • disability,  things people say,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    >No means No. #disability #awareness

    >This afternoon Dad and I went racing.  We were looking at the horses who were about to race when the sun went in and it got cold.  So I told Dad that I’d go inside the building next to where we were. That involved wheeling over to the building and then up a relatively long ramp (luckily it had switchbacks in it so it wasn’t too steep).  It wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve wheeled up recently but I’m slowly trying to build up my strength in my chair so I stuck at it. Partway up the ramp goes past an outside area where people can have drinks.  A man called…

  • achievements,  sailing,  things people say,  Uncategorized

    >Oxford Regatta 2010

    >Behind yet again and I have a few other entries which need to stand alone planned.  So just a few thoughts this evening to catch up a bit. The Oxford regatta was last weekend.  It was my last regatta of the year most likely and I’m not sure how many I will do next year, if at all.  I find them quite hard because although it’s a disability sailing event my disability and the set up clash rather a lot. I made it out once on Saturday and was that cold and sore afterwards that I had a load of clonus and it was hard to get me out of…

  • things people say,  Uncategorized,  unexpected things

    >Opening Gambit

    >I had the most bizarre experience earlier today.  I was walking up to the bureau about lunchtime and there with this guy on a push bike who was riding along but slowed down to talk to me.  Not someone I know. The very first thing he said was “people laugh at you all the time because you’re disabled.”  Weird. Then he started talking about how my chair means I can go down the town and run people over.  The main gist of what he was saying was things about how “isn’t it good what disabled people can do these days?” I responded to him a bit then said I needed to…

  • friends,  things people say,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    >Wheelchair Comments

    >My brother saw my new manual chair for the first time at the weekend. His comment? “It’s very wide.” Yes it is. Thankfully that was a comment I overheard him say to my mum as she got it out the car because I’m not sure what I would have said to that. On Tuesday my cleaner moved my powerchair forward so she could get at the clean bedding on the shelves behind it. “I want one of these” she says. “What would you do with it?” I asked, slightly boggled by the idea. “Go shopping.” Oh, of course. I had to laugh at that. Yesterday my powerchair decided that it…

  • attitudes,  disability,  perceptions,  things people say,  Uncategorized

    >Dealing

    >Earlier in the week my landline phone went and it was a wrong number of a sort. I was sure it was actually a guy I know (he asked for “Stan” but then gave my exact phone number as the one he was after) and so I said “is that so and so, it’s Emma.” and it was and we chatted a little. I asked how he was and he said “oh struggling, but not as much as you do.” Hmm. I didn’t say anything to him about it for various reasons but dude, I think I’m insulted! My sister and I did have a bit of a giggle about…

  • things people say,  Uncategorized

    >That shut him up

    >This afternoon I actually turned round to someone who was helping me as a part of their job and telling me about job moans and replied to their comments with “do I look like I care?” It felt very good – and shut their moans up quickly. But I think I might have lost my “she’s a nice girl, that Emma” reputation as a result. Can’t say I’m particularly sorry about that. All content copyright Emma Crees, 2006 – 2012 unless otherwise stated http://writerinawheelchair.blogspot.com

  • friends,  things people say,  Uncategorized

    >*shakes head*

    >This is one of those things that I want to share but borderline crosses my “don’t blog about people you know in a way they could be identified and upset” rule for myself. But here goes. I saw someone in town earlier today. They were catching me up on various people we both know. And they told me that a guy we both vaguely knew (only really to say hi too) but hadn’t seen for a long time had died a while back. Very sad but I think from what she said it was expected. I believe it was months ago. He had downs syndrome and belonged to a group…

  • disability,  things people say,  Uncategorized

    >The Things People Say

    >People sometimes ask if I’m “getting better” or if I will get better or what happened to me. At CAB I’ve had several clients ask if I have MS and more than one client has wondered “did you have polio?” One time a client asked “what happened to you?” and I seriously was all confused by what he meant. I’d just been drinking water before I went to see him and I was looking down and checking my top and thinking I’d spilt it all over myself. He then gestured at my walker and I knew what he meant. I don’t think he got why I didn’t realise what I…