Posted by janet paterson
on August 29, 2000 at 15:11:51:
abound all around
this past weekend i traveled alone
from my little hometown of almonte ontario canada
to the newark airport in new jersey usa
this voyage necessitated the following personal verbal encounters
[in chronological order]:
my travel agent,
my taxi driver,
a canadian air ticket agent,
a us immigration officer,
a canadian air gate agent,
a canadian air flight attendant,
an air canada ticket agent,
an air canada gate agent,
an air canada flight attendant,
an air canada wheelchair pusher,
an ottawa airport ground tranportation agent,
my taxi driver
i had arranged for 'wheelchair assistance' at each end of both flights
'just in case' my meds didn't 'kick in' as required for mobility
as things turned out
i didn't need any assistance
until the ottawa end of the return flight
but since the possibility was always
lurking minute by minute in the background
i gave each person listed above my 'spiel':
"i 'might' need assistance
since i have parkinson's disease
and sometimes my meds don't 'kick in' properly
and if they don't, i can't walk
and if they do, i can"
each person was, without fail,
helpful and understanding and patient:
"if you find you need the wheelchair after all, just call me"
"would you like to board the plane early anyway so you can take your time?"
"can i carry your bag for you?"
"one of our air canada colleagues here at ottawa has pd..."
"can you make it up your stairs okay?"
my "on/off" movement fluctuation phenomenon
is naturally part and parcel of my daily life
within my 'personal' circle
of family and friends
is also deliberately part and parcel of my daily life
within an ever-expanding 'social encounter' circle
it is my personal parkinson's awareness campaign