Oh YMCA, you are supposed to be cool about this stuff. Like everyone, she meant well but damn, it was annoying.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
"She drives her chair very well!"
I was interested in using the therapy pool at a nearby YMCA. On the phone they suggested that I should come in and have a tour with one of the specialists. I did just that. The specialist was a cheerful middle-aged woman who had one too many cups of coffee that morning. As usual, my aide did a two sentence explanation which goes something like, "She's got CP so she can't talk, but she can hear and knows what you're saying. I can decipher what she wants to say too so I'll speak for her but you can talk directly to her," etc. This sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. This was a case where it doesn't. So we three left for the tour and the woman kept commenting on how well I drove "just like a race car driver!" I looked at her like "thanks......". I wanted to talk to her about the logistics of going to the bathroom/changing/etc if I had male aide with me (I don't discriminate against gender when I hire). She acted pretty shocked that I would let a man see me naked. Although she talked to me, she directed all the important information to my aide even after my aide explained that I am a college graduate. Throughout the visit she was a little touchy feely, but right before I left I got the full experience. She grabbed me and hugged me and patted my head and was saying things like "It was sooo great to meet you!! You come back soon!" which looks nice on paper but sounded reaaally condescending at the time.