I really hate my cast. I’ve never broken a bone in my body. This is the first time I have experienced an injury that limits my mobility. I am moving from one place to another with this rollabout scooter. If you never saw a rollabout scooter you should Google it. It is a cumbersome ‘thing’ that you put your non-weight bearing knee on and scoot with your non-injured foot. It is supposed to be “easier” which I would contest but hell it beats crutches.
I hate when people stare. I know I have a temporary injury but people still stare and look at me like a helpless cause. When I use my rollabout in public some people stare and can’t believe how such a thing exists. I guess I was the same before this surgery. Maybe it’s the side of me that does not want to be pitied but I can only imagine how people with disabilities far more serious than mine feel. I think this is the most important learning experience I have experienced in a long time.
A few days ago my friend Jessica brought me out to one of our favorite restaurants. We ordered the usual – pizza – and I ordered a Guinness. Our waitress was tall, confident woman and had a red pixie hairstyle and her arms were adorn with colorful tattoos. She also had industrial piercing in her ears. As she was taking away the half eaten pizza to be boxed she pointed at my scooter and said, “neat scooter”. I was thinking in my mind that this was going to be another stranger who will ask me how I injured myself. I already felt like shit in public since I was wearing sweatpants (nothing wrong with that btw) and let’s just say I didn’t look myself. She said something that surprised me though, “I know your pain. Don’t worry, I was in a cast myself for over six months because I tore my Achilles Tendon. After the cast was taken I was in a boot for another six months followed by physical therapy”. After that moment I realized that I did not have it too bad.
Aside from being on leave from work, watching Sex and the City from beginning to end, and having my sleeping schedule messed up I feel like I had a lot of time for self-reflection which results in having more ideas to write about. I haven’t felt this since college so I am quite happy to be motivated to write out things. BUT! My writing is still very rusty. Need to hone my skills and sorry if you are reading this. I promise it will get better.