Sunday, January 10, 2016

7 funny things people say to those in wheelchairs

People say the most interesting things to people in wheelchairs. I know that I'm not alone on this. The sad part is that it catches me completely off guard and I don't have time to think of a witty comeback. As I walk away, I normally think of a great one but it's too late!

Here are some of my favorites:

1. At Doctor Express, after having Laura see the doctor and on our way out, the doctor taps me on the shoulder and says, "You're so brave!"  Really? For what? Laura is sick - not me.

2. When people say, "I'd like to know more about your disease." Ok, I have a disability- not a disease. And there is Google- I'm not a walking encyclopedia.  I do give disability presentations, let me give you my business card.

3. When you hear, "Let's race!" I'm not driving a car or in NASCAR.  I'm not a teenager just waiting to go fast in my car. I'm in a wheelchair- just walking around like you.

4. "How fast does that thing go?" - Really? How fast do you run? I honestly have no idea nor care.

5. "Are they really your kids??" - No, I pay them off to follow me all day asking me for stuff and saying Mom three hundred times a day.  Yes, I can get pregnant and have babies.  Just tell me you think they're cute - nothing more is needed.

6. "I can't imagine not being able to control my muscles. I think I rather die." Sorry you have so much little self worth. Life isn't horrible to need help. After all, I can't imagine going through life saying annoying statements to people but obviously it doesn't bother you.

7. When I'm dancing with my husband, someone comes up and says, "Do you like the music?" No, it's horrible. Or I'm deaf!  In all seriousness, if someone is dancing, they most likely like the music. Just saying.


  1. Wheelchair clients are one gathering of people who are forced to funny looks or long gazes time and again. For some reason, a man who is not a wheelchair client will now and then start to act funny or peculiar around the individuals who are limited to a seat.

  2. You seem to be very professional in the way you write. The wheel chairs are the old points now it is the time for the new flexibility mobility scooters. Thanks for posting.