I have come to the realization that my body doesn’t really work, at least not in the way I want it to. There used to be a time, when I was younger, when I really felt a need to get my entire body to work better. I thought that this would be the way to interact with other people in my life. The more I could do physically, the more opportunities I would have for social situations. I have come to the conclusion now, that I don’t need to do that. I have no control over my physical movements, except for one tiny little appendage and ladies, get your mind out of the gutter. But that is a blog post for another day. : )
Anyway, it is my pointer finger on my left hand. You might be saying, how much can one person do with one finger. I can answer you: a lot! I can work the TV remote; once again you might be saying so what. Because, I can do much more than change the channel, turn it off and on, or adjust the volume. I can connect with people; I can soak in a lot of information and then translate that to other people. You would be surprised about how much this info can lead to debates, learning, and just good ol’ fashion conversation. Which I think can get lost when you can do so much. It can also take me all around the world; it can show me things that I would never be able to experience. I can also connect with all types of people. The number of options I have, but importantly the fact that I can control what I want to do and when I want to do it, makes me feel less isolated from the able-bodied community, even though I am still in my chair.
Aside, from just being able to use the TV remote, I also was able to purchase at Smart TV which allows me to go on the computer, not only can I use it, I have actually gotten better at it. I have gotten so fast now, that I am actually as good if not better at typing (using the remote) than my able-bodied brother, David. It is nice to be able to become proficient at something when you are in a situation like me. One of the things that always frustrated me being in my situation was that practicing something never really helped. Whether, that be using the power wheelchair at school or practicing sitting at therapy, it is a very positive thing that I found something that not only I can do by myself, but it is something I can do well by myself. I taught myself how to use this, there was no blueprint, I had to make it up, which is a really a monumental accomplishment both physically and emotionally.