Happy Friday ALL!!!

I Can Only Imagine.

I suppose I can count myself lucky, maybe you can too. I have rarely required assistance to walk, hear, or communicate. So, I can only imagine what people experience if they rely on a wheelchair to move around in public areas. I think I have begun noticing things more now that I work at PILR.

Recently, I had taken my Grandmother-in-law to the doctor one day, there was a mix up and she ended up waiting for about 45 minutes before being seen. For, at least, the first 30 minutes that we were there, a lovely elderly woman was using a wheelchair and was being very patient; it seemed she had already been there awhile before us. We watched as other patients would be called back, while we were waiting to be called. Occasionally one of the nurses would visit the lady and let her know they were still waiting on a room for her to be available.

From what I understood, there was only one wheelchair accessible room in that area of the building. So, if they used it for someone who didn’t necessarily need the accessible room, it could inconvenience someone that did. Maybe because I don’t have to face that reality, it doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. I know people who use the accessible stall in a bathroom because all others are full. I can see my view changing on that, though. However, I never realized that all the rooms in that doctor’s office weren’t accessible by all potential patients. I feel that this is probably “the norm” everywhere, but it shouldn’t be.

We need to support each other as humans, and make sure that we have equal access to everything, whether it is a doctor’s office, movie theater, or bathroom. Can you imagine? I know it is difficult to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, especially, if you never have to. Please be aware of the people and circumstances around you. Not everyone may be as lucky as you are, but that doesn’t mean they deserve anything less.

-Karrlita F.