My name is Mike and here are 10 Disadvantages To Being Disabled. There are obviously loads more. I couldn’t name them all as the humungous number would break the Internet. In an attempt to be fair I have also posted here 10 Advantages of Being Disabled.
I have been disabled for over 25 years. For the last 10, I have been paralysed from the neck down. So I have an idea of the daily challenges faced by the disabled. I think it’s essential to have a sense of humour. I use it as a coping mechanism. Making people smile gives me great pleasure. So this article is written tongue in cheek. Serious content matter delivered with a smile.
1) I can’t scratch my nose
This really does drive me crazy
2) Adult naptime is somewhat awkward.
Pity really as I was getting quite good at it
3) Pitying looks from passers-by
I’ve even heard people saying “Aw isn’t it a shame”.
4) People assume I’m stupid
They see that I am physically disabled and assume my brain is too
5) I can’t go for a walk on the beach when I’m stressed
I come from a coastal town called Southport. I used to love walking down the beach. Unfortunately, my current method of perambulation is a big heavy electric wheelchair. Now I would like to make it clear taking such a behemoth on to soft sand is a really bad idea.
6) Unable to play with the latest gadgets
I cannot push buttons et cetera so why can do is stare at the latest tech.
7) My medication interferes with my ablutions
8) Unable to go out on a whim
I can’t suddenly decide that I want to go out for a curry. I would have to organise an adapted taxi and cancel the carers and so on
9) Going on holiday is very difficult and expensive
I require carers, a hoist and air mattress which works out to cost a fortune.
10) I have to go to bed at the same time every night
I have to be hoisted into bed which requires the assistance of a carer. Of course, these things have to be scheduled in advance.
The 10 disadvantages above are my opinions regarding my disability. I hope you have learnt a few things and smiled a few times. Please take a look at our other disabled related articles here.