DISCLAIMER: I can really walk, but I feel for PWD, for I often get injuries concerning my lower body.
Walking around TriNoma with crutches is a VERY BAD IDEA! Strolling around SM North Edsa on a wheelchair is ANOTHER BAD IDEA. Even if institutions have elevators, ramps and special cubicles in the lavatory for the disabled, can we say that the Philippines is PWD-friendly? I don’t think so.
I went to school in a wheelchair for about five weeks and I always come to class late. Why? Elevator issues. Those juniors really don’t know how to give priority to the girl in a wheelchair (and that kinda disrespects their senior! ). Well, even if I’m not a senior, they should have used the stairs to go up to their classroom! I NEVER used the elevator after breaks, even if my classroom was on the top floor. If they don’t want to be late, GO UP EARLY! Uh I get so irritated whenever those students would fill up the elevator, leaving no space for me. Good thing I won’t be going to school for a while.
Before heading to the doctor’s clinic yesterday, I told my parents “don’t bring the wheelchair. I really don’t need it.” I didn’t care if I would tire myself from walking; I needed the exercise too. After my check-up, my doctor told me to not use my crutches anymore. Doc told me to buy a knee brace and wear my immobilizer only when sleeping. So we went to the nearest mall to buy a knee brace. “Hello TriNoma, please don’t get me pissed. I don’t want the SM incident to happen again.”
(What happened in SM: people wouldn’t let a girl in a wheelchair pass peacefully.)
I was walking with crutches in Trinoma and people would just pass by me so fast. Well, of course people will pass by me. The thing is, they walk too fast, and they’re like only an inch away from me! The really had to go in between me and my mom. They didn’t even say “excuse me” or even the very rude and Filipino way of just saying “excuse” in an angry tone. Then people would block my way, even if they saw me coming. And I had to be the one to stop when crossing to the other side of the way. Talk about giving my way to the “able”.
So this is what happens when I ask God for patience. He gives me so many people to test my patience.
Thank You Lord for not letting me explode and for not letting my blood pressure shoot up again. But please enlighten these people who are not so considerate. Help me fully realize that not all people are like me. Amen.
Speaking of blood pressure, I haven’t checked lately. :O Mahirap maging (malapit nang maging) hypertensive.
But this is what I don’t get: when I entered the pay lounge in TriNoma, why did the cashier girl (or whatever you call her) returned my mom’s 10 pesos (the payment for me)? I mean, why are the disabled allowed to go in the pay lounge for free? Does that mean that they are also not capable of paying 10 pesos?
And the real thing is, the public should not even pay for tissue and soap in public lavatories!