The old saying "Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover" holds true. You simply can't tell by looking. I posted a picture once and someone commented "that doesn't look gluten free." Really? How could you tell?
- "How do you deal with that, if it were me, I'd just eat it anyway!" Me, staring blankly, thinking, well, it's been real nice knowing you, do you prefer cremation or burial.
- "Oh, there's only a little bit, you will be fine." Me thinking, I can't have ANY bit, a little bit can kill me, but thank you for your kind offer.
- "It's all in your head." No, it's real, I know all too well.
- "I just wouldn't say anything, they probably will never know." ARE YOU KIDDING ME!
- "You had it before." Yes, that was then, this is now, things change.
- "Just take a Benadryl" Ummm,,, it doesn't work that way.
|Me in the hallway of the ER for about 6 hours because they were so crowded they had nowhere else to put me. Doesn't it look like so much FUN!|
- "Do you really need to go to the hospital?" Nah, it's just a fun day out. I'm bored and figured, let's take a trip to the Emergency Room. I get to wear a fashionable gown, they stick needles into me (IV's are fun), they shoot drugs into the IV that make me loopy. If I'm lucky, they will shoot me up with steroids too, THAT'S when the real fun begins. Never mind the blood tests, usually two or three during the 8 to 10 hour stay, I also love posing for chest Xrays, peeing into a cup and EKGs are a blast. If I'm lucky, I'll be admitted! Whoo hoo.
- "You look fine." You can't tell by LOOKING. Cancer patients often LOOK fine.
- "Do you really need that disability sticker?" Nah, my doctor just hands out the paperwork like candy and the town approves it for giggles. It's actually very difficult to get, so if I have one, I really need it.
|You can't tell by looking if a person is or is not handicapped.|
- Person in a parking lot, "why don't you save those handicapped spots for someone who really needs them?" Me, "why don't you mind your business and if you are concerned about people with disabilities, educate yourself on disabilities, then volunteer and help people rather than attempt to harass with your ignorance."
- I don't fear harassment. I understand people are uneducated. I am not ashamed of having to use the handicapped parking space. No one should be. Never care what anyone else thinks.
- "You use the ER as a doctor's office." I find ambulance rides very scary. I get terrible anxiety riding in an ambulance. I use one ONLY when necessary. When I'm driven in a car, I sometimes have to wait a long time, in pain, in a crowded, uncomfortable waiting room. Most ER visits, if they don't admit me from the ER, are 8 to 10 hours. An ER copay was $150.00 as opposed to $30.00 for a doctor visit. I can think of many ways I'd rather spend $150.00 and 8 to 10 hours. I have never used the ER as a doctor's office.
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