Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dependency and Being a Jerk

One thing that helps a crip survive is good manners. It's a fact that jerks get waited on last, whether the jerk is in line at the hardware store or happens to need personal attendant care because he has a physical impairment. Thus, "good manners" -- and appreciation, even if it might be necessary to fake it.

All this is brought to mind by a story circulating about a man with MS captured by a nursing home in British Columbia, Canada. He uses medical marijuana. Apparently the nursing home administration doesn't like that, even though the medical marijuana is provided to him by the Canadian federal government.

The result? The man claims the nursing home administration took away his power wheelchair and has sentenced him to seven days in bed. Thus, no marijuana, given that the man was using his power chair to move out away from the facility so that he could smoke the marijuana without disturbing other inmates.

What does this have to do with being a jerk? Not much, really. The man is only demanding what is rightfully his, but when a person is dependent upon other people, that demand can sometimes be classified as jerkinesss.


Terri said...

First of all this is negligent nursing care--the dangers of immobility are such that NO ONE gets 7 days of bedrest in 2009.

Secondly, this is a civil rights issue. It doesn't matter if you don't like what someone is doing you can't take away his LEGS.

And to relegate someone to a jail cell--where they can move around and often get breaks--they have to be charged, tried and convicted of something, to sentence them to an even smaller area like a bed there should be some sort of due process. Shouldn't there?

FridaWrites said...

I found one blog that suggests his wheelchair has been returned to him, but I am still mad about what happened to him. No one has a right to our wheelchairs/scooters/canes/other accessibility equipment.