Not a great shot but it gets the point across:
I got my walker on Thursday and took it for a spin in Wanganui. In the past I have struggles with the limitations of my fibromyalgia and arthritis. In particular my left knee can be unreliable. I was worried about how I might appear until that light bulb moment a few weeks ago where I decided that aids like this and my crutches would enable me to walk more and further.
Today I went into Palmerston North and we used my walker in The Plaza, which is the mall there. It was pretty public for me but I wasn’t nervous. We went to use the elevator. When the door opened the walls were lined with people. I walked in and then when we reached the floor I was able to swing it the right way and walk out.
This was my worst nightmare in some ways and while I kept my head down I was not stressed about it. I walked around and got used to working the walker in confined spaces. I felt confident even when my knee was shaky. I laughed when people in front of the elevator, on seeing me, choose to walk to the escalators.
I find it funny the looks I get when I park in disabled parks. I think they are disappointed if I don’t exit the car with a contorted body or drooling. Both my existing physical conditions are invisible. I sometimes limp or fall but that is about it. I am always in pain but I accommodate that every day. So sorry to disappoint the judgmental but I need those parks sometimes and I am not going to perform for your gratification to make my using them okay in their wee minds.