When I do my monthly PARTY talks at the hospital, who’s there are grade 11s, basically either just got, or about to get their drivers license. They’re learning about the effects of decisions. But, I don’t only talk about drinking & driving, but other decisions. I ask them to put their hands up if they always ride their bikes with a helmet on. I’ve asked every group in the last few years, and every time, I’m surprised if someone holds up their hand. When I started to ask it, I thought that maybe one or two might not, but everyone else would. I was stunned that in the first class I asked, not a single kid held up their hand. In fact, it wasn’t until the third group that someone held up their hand. I asked, saying that there’s no reason to not tell me why, because I won’t judge. I’ve heard that it messes up their hair, that it’s hot, it’s uncomfortable, and so on. I share with the kids that there’s absolutely no reason that would be good enough to not wear one. I say that the man who hit us was behind us, doing about 60, and we’d had no warning. I was driven over, and the only reason that I’m not dead is because of my helmet. I’ll start asking the classes to raise their right hand, and promise that they’ll wear theirs.
I posted someone else’s story, about the not-quite-accessible status of places she goes. I’d said that I agree, that while I’m able to walk when needed, but achieving the minimum level of accessibility to be “certified”, and get the tax-break, without making it truly accessible, is wrong.
I follow all traffic rules, stopping at stop signs and the like, because “they” require me to park it like a car when I get to some stores.
There has been a lot of talk about concussions, including the movie with Will Smith, but for the life of me I still am stunned/amazed/shocked at the number of times that I see or hear people who have no idea how prevalent it is, or pretty much anything about them.
OTTAWA — Roughly half of Canadians know little to nothing about the perils of sports-related concussive injuries, nor where to turn to find information on how to avoid falling victim to them, suggests a newly released federal survey.
Please read this article, learn about it, and be part of the small percentage of people who know about the injury.
I know people whose injuries are pretty much completely invisible. While they may qualify for a parking pass, because as a result of their injury, they might forget where they’d parked, but if they’re alone, there’s no way that they’d use it. If someone were to see them get out of their car, alone, when they’re parked in a disabled spot, chances are they’d get called names, and yelled at. There’s nowhere, at any time, that anyone would say anything to me. I drop something, and within a few seconds, someone will offer to get it. I was in Wal-Mart recently, scooted to a long line, and the person in front asked me if I’d like to go ahead of them. Granted if I did, it would be bad of me to take unfair advantage of them, but they offered.
If someone does something that you think wrong, or something like using a disability-spot, don’t get mad. Ask them why they’re there. If they have a reason, then say that you “see” their invisible disability. If they don’t, then ask them to move.
Thanks to technology what was once straightforward, like fixing your car, is beyond the norm for most people. Everything is getting more complex, with high-tech means of doing what was once straightforward, that doing something yourself isn’t the norm anymore. But, while with the evolution of technology came the complication of what used to be simple, comes the the next evolution. What was once simple, but made complex, has entered a whole new dimension. With the evolution of Tesla, cars that were once simple, are now ultra-complex. However, people don’t think that they could fix it, because they never used to. The change to ultra high tech has another plus, people don’t feel bad for not knowing how to fix it.
I’d had my Lifeproof case replaced, under warranty, about 4 months ago, because something snapped. They took my info, and sent me a new one, for the cost of shipping (~$6). Yesterday, I noticed that the cover for the switch had broken, meaning that it’s not waterproof anymore. I called, and in about 15 minutes, a new one will be sent to me. Absolutely no questions of how it happened, what I’d done, or anything like that.
I said “it’s broken”, to which she said “oh, I’m sorry – let me get some details, and a new one will be sent out to you!” Sweet, to the max.
I was stressing a bit the last little while, because while the weather wasn’t terrible, it was to rain the three days before, and it was to be misty that day. But, I checked this morning, and holy cow, it’s more than perfect. The day before will be sunny, which might be a bit hot, but on walk-day it’ll be PERFECT.
The media-push is starting. This morning, in about 2 hours, I’ll be on the radio! And, on Tuesday I’ll be on TV! There’s something that I’d like to share there, that’s not done by typing, is the fact that while a brain injury can be debilitating, it’s sometimes invisible. I’ve hated how I was, a lot sometimes, but in the last little while I’ve come to realize that it could be worse. I’m visibly-disabled, because I can’t walk properly, I wear prism glasses, and I have a speech impediment. I’m offered help, cars stop for me to cross, and I don’t ever need to ask for help.
This is Year 7 for the walk, lucky number 7, and everyone who’ll be there will be awesome! I’ve got an announcement that I’ll make, which won’t be a surprise to anyone who’s connected to me on social media, but for everyone else, holy cow.
Click to register, help raise some funds for an awesome charity, and come walk with me!