So I'm going on another overnight trip in a week. I apparently like to torture myself. This one won't be the same as my last trip since we won't be going to an amusement park (I learned my lesson about amusement park trips, believe me). Instead, we'll be walking around Savannah, Georgia doing a giant scavenger-hunt-like activity, then performing at a concert. Hopefully, since I've explained my disability and needs in extreme (and I mean EXTREME) detail, this will go a bit better than the last one (fingers crossed). This got me thinking about the differences between an able-bodied person and a disabled person when it comes to getting ready for an overnight trip.
Able-bodied person worries about: Not being roomed with their friends
Disabled person worries about: Not being roomed with someone who knows about their disability
Able-bodied person thinks: "Ugh, why are there so many forms?"
Disabled person thinks: "Would [insert medical condition] count as a disability? A chronic condition? Both? Should I mark down ibuprofen as a medication? Would I need a prescription? Doctors' note? Both? When do I need to give the ibuprofen to the adults? WHY CAN'T I JUST CARRY MY DANG IBUPROFEN MYSELF?!"
Able-bodied person prioritizes: Make-up, cellphone, cellphone charger, battery, camera, snacks, cute shoes
Disabled person prioritizes: Meds, doctors' note, prescription, water bottle, that one pair of sandals they can actually walk in
Able-bodied person mentally prepares for: Being on a train for hours on end
Disabled person mentally prepares for: Having their head jerked around for hours on end because they can't hold their head up
Packing a Swimsuit
Able-bodied person freaks out about: Looking fat
Disabled person freaks out about: People thinking their fat then people thinking that their disability is caused by them being fat then people thinking that they're making up their disability so they have an excuse for being fat then...
Looking At The Group List
Able-bodied person thinks: "Yay, my friends are in my group!"
Disabled person thinks: "Yay, the adult who will be in charge of me meds is in my group!"
Looking At The Itinerary
Able-bodied person says: "We'll be walking a lot? Yay, I can get in some exercise!"
Disabled person says: "We'll be walking a lot?!" (internally sobs)
I'm a 15 year old who loves singing, reading, writing, and campaigning for hypotonia awareness.
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