Physical ailments often not apparent

I cannot believe what happened to me the other morning. I was walking into my place of employment, after pushing the automatic door button, and I smiled at a gentleman walking through the doors toward me. I said, “Good morning.” As he passed he looked right at me and said, “La-zy.” It didn’t hit me until I walked into the lobby that he directed that comment at me. I turned right around and went outside to find him. He had disappeared. Had I found him, this little spitfire of a redhead would have said a few things!

I am 43, and look young for my age; however, I have bursitis in both shoulders and arthritis in my right hand that is easily aggravated when lifting heavy things or opening big doors. I have to be very careful, especially during the cold months or this condition will worsen to a point where I can’t even lift my arms or use my hand to write or type. This “gentleman” had no clue what ailments I suffer from, or anyone else for that matter. Just because I don’t have a visible disability doesn’t mean I’m “lazy” and it certainly doesn’t give him the right to voice that opinion. How rude and inconsiderate of him to make such an awful comment. Shame on him and anyone else who follows his lead. Don’t be surprised if Santa leaves you coal in your stocking this year!

Deborah M. Kiernan


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