These last few weeks of social distancing haven’t been easy for a guy who has to get people to help him with everything in his life from the time I get up until I go to bed. I have had to really rethink my support. I decided to have my agencies for my personal support workers only to get me up and put me to bed. My day normally involves emails for work, putting finishing touches on talks, going to ODSP, chiropractor, and playing chess. My mental health has been greatly challenged by this because unlike most of you, I can’t clean my house, do dishes, make things in my home shop. For someone like myself that can’t use their hands to complete simple acts of occupation such as creating meals for my family or sorting my closet are not ways I can spend my time. Going biking with friends, or going to the gym have all been put on hold for now so I am making the best of what I can do and that is writing blogs with hope for our Grandview staff and our wonderful families that we serve, helping them realize that we will get through this. We will be stronger as a community at the end and your children will continue to grow and learn.
Let’s put everything in perspective. I have a big enough house to comfortably roll my wheelchair around in, it’s warm, we have light and there is no lack of food or clean running water. In some areas of the world people live in eight by ten “cells”. Parents and children and others having basically enough room to be able to sleep… imagine isolation there! In many oppressed countries the grocery stores shelves are always empty and people wait for hours for fresh fruit and meat which rarely comes. Young women carry jugs of water that are found miles away from their village. Let’s face it, folks, we are extremely blessed.
Submitted by Marshall Hohmann, Ability Awareness Presenter and Grandview Grad