My Uncommon Day With a Common Cold and Cerebral Palsy
I got sick this past week. Just a cold, but it still wasn’t easy, due in part to my mild cerebral palsy. Over the years, I’ve developed enough to not need much by way of help, and I usually don’t need assistance walking. Just your patience, please! (And that’s more of a curse than a blessing, although that’s a story for another time.) I’m currently in university studying to be an actor. My story begins in acting class, the final class on my busiest days…
4:00 p.m.: At the halfway mark of our class, my stomach starts to churn. We’re in the middle of reading aloud our next project, so I’m seated in a chair. I ignore my discomfort and hope it goes away. It doesn’t. In fact, it gets worse. We’re given two minutes to stretch and I race to the bathroom, where my stomach rebels. Again, I figure I’m fine, and head back up the two flights of stairs to the classroom. I make it halfway before I realize I’m not. I take my seat in class and act like it isn’t a problem, because I have a habit of doing that.
5:00 p.m.: Class has ended. I’m not fine. All that time seated combined with my illness has made me incredibly weak, and my muscles have begun to ache. I use the chair in which I was seated to support me as I walk. Now my classmates take notice, and ask the question I’m all too familiar with: “Are you OK?” This time I’m honest with them. “No. Not really.” I blame it on a bad bit of food and pack up my things to leave.