I shop online for most of my groceries but I like to choose my own fruit an veg, I’m there two or three times a week it helps keep me mobile and I can manage ok using the trolley as a walking aid. A lady I know briefly works there and I often see her, we exchange a casual hello, how are you, isn’t the weather rubbish that kind of thing. Today I saw her again to be met with “are you here again!” I replied with a smile “it gets me out of the house” she replied “get back to work then” I was stunned i just sort of looked at her and carried on walking. I really didn’t know how to reply. I certainly wasn’t going to explain why I am not working, besides I’m sure she has been told previously.
It makes me wonder what other people I know think now I’m no longer working. My friends, work colleagues and a lot of aquantances all know I have MS and depending how close we are they know some or all of the problems I face. I do not bore people I see only casually with the details of my life. I do not have to justify myself to anyone but am I doing a disservice to others like me by not explaining why I can no longer work, after all when I’m hiding behind and hanging on to a trolley I don’t look as though I have much of a problem.