Today I had another visit from the CPN (Community Psychiatric Nurse). Not to cast aspersions upon these trained people, but I sometimes do wonder......
Whilst I accept that many people are not aware of the real problems dogging their attempt to regain their mental well-being, I find it , shall we say, annoying that a medical professional appears unable to comprehend the how or why that an Ilizarov frame makes one feel vulnerable.
For the record, I live in a rural area, along an un-made, pot-holed road, covered at present in piles of fallen leaves, there is one single street light and I have 18 narrow, concrete steps to negotiate from ground level to my front door. And even considering all this, I am asked why I feel unlike going out at night.
Of course, prior to the accident, I took all this in my stride (literally!), but so many people seem totally unable to grasp the concept of fear when it's with reference to things they regard as normal and easy.
Similarly, I grow mildly(!) irritated, when questioned as to the reasons that I feel insecure amidst large (or not so large) crowds. This applies to shops, stores, supermarkets, pubs and most places where people gather in large groups. Is it really so difficult to understand.
However as it appears that, for many, this is a difficult concept to grasp, I offer the following for their edification.
- Because someone seems to 'handle' their fixatored situation in their own home, do not expect that this apparent security will automatically extend more than a few inches past the front door.
- Large groups of people appear to exhibit being cloaked in what author Douglas Adams refers to as an S.E.P. field where S.E.P means,
Ergo if you are on crutches or in a wheel chair or exhibit any non-normal method of mobility, YOU WILL BE COMPLETELY INVISIBLE!
and thus, apparently you become a perfectly reasonable target for assault with shopping carts, boxes, bags, loose children, wet floors, poorly arranged point-of-sale displays. Need I continue????
- Darkness hides all manner of potential problems, be it unmade roads, dog excrement, loose paving stones or distant relatives of Dick Turpin (Who's probably revolving in his grave the way footpadding has degenerated.). Therefore, despite the majority of accidents always supposedly occuring at home, I, for one, would rather take my chances with a dangerous comfy sofa than a wet sidewalk.
- And finally, just because it causes YOU no concern, remember one man's meat is another man's trip to casualty with salmonella!
Sorry for the rant, call it webwriter's rights.