Thursday, 28 May 2015

Mission X8 Freedom #3 - Flying wheels!

Guess what, Guess what!!!!!

I heard this morning that my Extreme X8 has been inspected by the factory chaps across the ocean, and will soon be on it's way to the UK.

WHOOP! That's my freedom. My keys to the countryside. My walks through woodland, my barbecues, my campfires with marshmallows, and my trips to the park with my nephews and nieces. I'm already planning a 'walking holiday', trips to the peak district, looking at local OS maps for footpaths to explore. - and of course I'll have to blog about any good routes I find!

My Freedom!

Soon! Soon! It might even be on a plane already! My wheels are flying home!

And....that's enough excitement for me. I'm off to curl up in a little ball of not-talking overwhelmed-ness until my energy recharges. 

But don't worry. It's a very happy little ball of not-talking overwhelmed-ness.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Is it really heroic to lend a hand?

There's a viral video doing the rounds.

The story is:
A disabled woman goes to a restaurant she regularly visits, a member of staff opens the door for her, takes her to a table, as she is a regular the member of staff remembers her regular order, brings it to her and asks if there is anything else. 
This so far is routine, and what could be expected of any staff member in a customer service role.

Her answer is to ask for help eating. So the member of staff does what she asks.

Cool. Nice guy. Like many people I've met, he was willing to help someone out. I've had dozens of experiences where people have helped me when I've met disability related challenges - carrying me up stairs, cutting up meals - even helping relocate dislocated joints. Certainly worth a thank you - but also an every day occurrence of someone being a decent human being.

And then......
" witness the incredible moment Ridge obliged his customer in a simple yet heroic act of kindness. "
No. Just no.


Think about it.

Think about it properly.

If an able bodied person had asked for something slightly out of the ordinary (perhaps for food to be served in a certain way) and staff had said 'OK' and done it, it would surely be worth a thank you. But no one would call that heroic - they'd call it 'excellent customer service'.

How would you feel if someone saw you receive excellent customer service, and proceeded to share it round the internet depicting the giver as heroic - based on the fact that you looked different?

Am I, as a wheelchair using disabled woman, so terrifying and dangerous that treating me like a fellow human being is heroic? Or are the many things I need help with so hideously inconvenient that anyone who helps is somehow superhuman?

If someone has helped someone else, good for them. Credit where credit is due. There are lots of nice decent people out there, lots of people I am grateful to.. But heroic?

No. Just no.