We, out in disability land, hate when people come up to us, and by way of introduction, ask why we use a wheelchair, or whatever.
But a friend noted our typical greetings to each other, after I sent him a message which began "How's your infection?"
It's true, really. It's quite common for me to wheel somewhere and be asked "what level are you?" as an introduction, from another wheelchair user. And for me that's ok - I think A Ha! Fooled you! I have MS.
I don't like going to MS functions, because here's how the intros go...
"How long have you had MS?" ... "Wow. You were young." Really? No duh! I did feel like the ONLY one back then. And then open my autobiography of MS and all the drugs I have tried.
What's best is to show up to ski or at a handcycling event. Then, for some reason, it doesn't seem "allowed." Then we're all out there to have fun.
And this year I'll miss the big handcycling ride. I'm actually letting my shoulder heal. It's finally feeling better. Drives me crazy to not be out there, but I'm working on my legs now and that's exhausting.
So another intro: "How's your shoulder?"
In a way, it's comical. But then, maybe annoying sometimes.
I guess we should just start with "How are you?" and see where that gets us.
"How's that new medicine?" It's great. But I'm working hard so I'm exhausted. I'd better end this post and go to bed.