Speed Bumps

8 thoughts on “Speed Bumps”

  1. From the first reading, I think the aura plucking was my favorite. I pray that I may never “bump” into that person. What I like are the people who will swear that they are good and kind and caring are in this category as are the ones who really don’t care. It’s like (but not) someone saying that your haircut is cute on someone like you, but I would never wear mine like that. Crass. They need you to keep telling them where to get off. Unfortunately, it probably won’t do much good. They won’t change. Keep watching out for them and kicking the cars! Love reading your works. What an excellent an intelligent writer you are. Always in my thoughts.

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  2. You are an excellent writer. I was shocked to read some of your stories above that other treat people as they do. My ex/father/n/law had his leg amputated when he was 99 years old due to diabetes. My daughter is going into prosthetics, so she is excited about helping people. SAD to read your stories, especially the one where your loving husband brought you coffee! Keep writing, you have a gift and with your sense of humor, I am sure you keep your students under control!

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    1. Thank you! I hope that by telling my stories with humor people can be a little more aware and a little more amused.

      I love the why your daughter is going into prosthetics. She will have some lucky patients someday because her heart is in the work.

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      1. When my husband was in the hospital we visited Winter the dolphin at the Clearwater Aquarium in Tampa. Prosthetists with Hanger prosthetics made different swim fins for Winter and some of the things they did for Winter changed how prosthetics were made for people. It is amazing to me how creative people are.

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      2. Thank you so much for sharing this. My daughter said she was also reading about a man who works on designing the hand flesh/rubber part of the hand. People will want the color of the prosthetic to look like their skin, but then in the summer when they get a tan… well, the prosthetic hand doesn’t get tanned. 😦 You are right, people are so ignorant, they have NO IDEA how much creativity is in this field. I hope that my daughter will do something to change that. I think she will. It comes down to passion and wanting to help people. Again, thank you for sharing this story, I will pass it on to my daughter.

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  3. Funny, illuminating and thought provoking.
    In some ways my problem is opposite, I have Relapsing Remitting MS, so fine one minute, slurry and wobbly accident zone the next. I feel I have to carry a walking stick as a sort of an ‘I am not drunk in broad daylight, I am ill’ badge. Stick is also useful for getting the kids kites out of high hedgerows and knocking down just-out-of-reach apples too.

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    1. I felt like the walking stick was also a terribly handy fashion accessory when I used one: made me feel all posh while giving me something to lean on. Far more fun than crutches or wheelchairs! In some ways, having my problem become obvious made life easier as I no longer feel like I’m waiting to have to give proof myself.


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