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Haddayr Copley-Woods [userpic]

Oh, I loved this post on the independence of a wheelchair:

April 25th, 2011 (06:47 pm)

Written by yasonablack

"You can walk. It’s told to you as if it is the most terrific thing on the face of the planet. Walking is better than world peace. It’s better than sunshine and rainbows and leprechauns. It’s better than winning the lottery. It’s far better than being wheelchair-dependent."

http://gimptude.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/are-you-becoming-dependent-on-your-wheelchair-or-are-you-becoming-more-indepent/

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Posted by: kellyhul (kellyhul)
Posted at: April 25th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)

Wonderful and enlightening. Thanks for sharing this.

Posted by: diseased_inside (diseased_inside)
Posted at: April 26th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)

I'm having kind of day so I'm going to save this to read tomorrow. I got to the dependent line and yeah..not today. The link is tucked away safely though.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: April 26th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)

I hope you enjoy it another day! It's about how she discovered that her wheelchair freed her to become independent instead of the other way around.

(I'm sorry you're having kind of a day, too.)

Posted by: one_undone (one_undone)
Posted at: April 26th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
mutts - I feel a little complaint coming

I didn't realize this happened to others. When I injured my spine and couldn't walk for 2 years, the neurologist told me he worried that if he gave me a wheelchair I'd become dependent on it (though oddly, he didn't give a damn if I became dependent on the tons of narcotics he was giving me). Nevermind the fact that according to him and several others I was never supposed to be able to walk again, even after surgery, because the tests said the nerves were dead. He had decided I was "too young" to be dependent on a wheelchair, so I dragged myself around with my arms and the assistance of anyone kind enough to help me when I had to go places, and just didn't go anywhere most of the time. I was much more dependent without a wheelchair than I ever would have been with one. That jackass doctor. I wish he'd been an exception, and that nobody else had ever had to deal with the same unconscionable bullshit from someone who took an oath to do no harm. >:P

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: April 26th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)

A doctor told me the same thing, when I told him I needed a wheelchair for bad days.

He looked at the cripple who was so lazy she had bicycled into her appointment and said: "I'm afraid if I prescribe a wheelchair you'll become too dependent on it," and then tried to talk me into a walker.

Sigh.

(Luckily, when I refused to budge he referred me to a mobility specialist team who DID get me the chair, and the crutches.)

Posted by: Calluna V. (callunav)
Posted at: April 26th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
Calluna4

That is awesome. Thank you for the link.

Posted by: XX (dans_la_reine)
Posted at: April 26th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)

loved it, should be sent around to doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, heck, phrase a bit differently and send to post secret. Word Out.

Posted by: I'm nobody! Who are you? (capriuni)
Posted at: April 26th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)

Thank you for that. It's a perfect partner for this post I read last week

(Quote) I was having fun in my wheelchair. And I think that's exactly what people were disapproving of. I wasn't being a pathetic, mournful, cripple. I wasn't being their stereotype and I think that bothered them. Let's face it, when people think I'm confined to a wheelchair - it isn't comfortable for me to be using it as a joy ride down a ramp for a kid. (Unquote)
.

Full essay can be found here: Who's confined?

Posted by: Nat S Ford (natf)
Posted at: May 13th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)

Ooo thanks for this link!

Posted by: Ayesha (browngirl)
Posted at: April 26th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)

*reads and contemplates*

Posted by: Mary Ann (macloudt)
Posted at: April 27th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)

A friend of mine who has a can't-be-completely-removed brain cyst lives with chronic pain, and is bedridden when he gets a simple cold. He runs his own business and keeps busy to help keep his mind off the pain, but when he asked for sleeping aids he was given crap about drug addiction. This man chose to carry on with life rather than live off disability benefits but he's still treated like a Bad Guy for wanting sleeping pills as the pain keeps him awake at night. It's ridiculous.

Posted by: Tiger Lily the Ginger Cat (tigerbright)
Posted at: April 27th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)

Oh good, I was hoping you'd seen this one. :D

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