I have Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a progressive neurological disease. Because of it I've started using a wheelchair for longer outings such as shopping trips. It has made a WORLD of difference in my life. I used to avoid going out at all.
My job requires that I walk... a lot. It takes a lot of medication to get through my work days and I still suffer. And I suffer the day after as well. I'm currently looking into other ways of using my nursing license.
I used to keep my CRPS diagnosis a secret, but have been trying to "get the word out" so people understand why I am the way I am. I recently ran into a coworker while I was out in my wheelchair. Her eyes got huge and she had a what-the-heck look on her face. She knew I have CRPS, but couldnt understand why she has just seen me walking yesterday and now I'm in a chair. I also can't help but think cashiers are wondering how this girl was walking yesterday and now she's in a wheelchair.
How do you deal with people sometimes seeing you walking, and sometimes youre in your chair? I hate to say it... I feel embarassed and worried I'll run into someone I know.