Something that I wonder is what others would do if they were in my situation. Everyone deals with situations and handles things differently. For those of you who have not gone through this ordeal, how would you react to all of the sudden waking up and finding out you were paralyzed? What sort of things would go through your mind? How would you handle it?
Being paralyzed can be difficult at times. Many people don’t realize or think about some of the things that I go through on a daily basis. I struggle with not being able to do things for myself. Even simple, little things like not being able to feed myself, brush my hair, or wash my face become more complicated and daunting just because someone else is doing it for me. It is exhausting sometimes to sit in my wheelchair all day and not be able to just get up and do the things that I want to do. Unless someone is or has been paralyzed, there is no true way that they will ever know what it is like.
Although, I have proposed an experiment that I often give to people in order for them to at least experience what it’s like for a brief moment. I encourage you to take five minutes out of your day. My challenge to you is to sit still for those entire five minutes. That means no scratching itches, moving the hair out of your face, repositioning for comfort etc.
After you have completed this challenge, whether you finished successfully or failed miserably, I want you to reconsider your answers to the questions above. Now think about what it would be like not being able to move for the rest of the day, week, month, or even for the rest of your life. Think about having other people (i.e. caregivers, your family, spouse) do everything for you.
I’m proposing this idea for others to think about what people with disabilities (especially those with paralysis) go through on a day-to-day basis. I would love to hear feedback from those who accepted my challenge. Leave a comment to let others know what you experienced or thought about not being able to move for just five minutes.