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Careless Movement Strikes Again

Posted By Loolwa Khazzoom On October 30, 2009 @ 3:54 pm In Living with Chronic Pain | 2 Comments

Office Depot

I just got back from Office Depot. I went in to get them to open the impenetrable plastic containers preventing access to the various products I bought a few days ago. Why they use so much plastic wrap for such little things is beyond me, never mind why they make it impossible to open without the equivalent of a machete. Especially sucks for anyone with any semblance of hand pain, arthritis, etc.

Anyhow, so I walked in, and there was nobody at the check-out register. There were a couple of people in Office Depot uniforms talking to someone, and there was another guy in a uniform walking around. I was trying to figure out where to go and whom to approach. I stood there a minute, confused, then made my way toward the two customer service people talking to someone.

I stood patiently waiting for them to finish. Suddenly they both came at me, simultaneously, with no space or time for me to get out of the way. Never mind that neither of them acknowledged my presence or asked what I needed. They barreled at me, in a very narrow passageway that was no more than two people wide. And the guy was quite big.

It was all so sudden, I couldn’t do anything to protect myself. In retrospect, probably the only self-protective move I could have taken would have been to yell, “Stop!” Of course that gets into all kinds of weirdness. I mean, I look totally able-bodied, so why would this woman (me) be yelling at people out of the blue? I’m not sure they would respond postively, much less change their movement, becuase they probably would have no point of reference for what I was asking them to “stop.”

I felt energetically assaulted. I twerked my body, to avoid collision, and my nerves got all jacked up. What’s the deal with people who can’t hold off for, I don’t know, maybe three seconds, possibly four, to allow others the space to move and adjust safely. Pain shot through my body as they jammed past.

The woman said, “Excuse me.” The man said nothing. Nobody actually physically rammed into me. But they were so right up in my space, centimeters away, that their energy did. I was left in pain.

I was more or less limping while walking to my car and up the stairs to my home. After several days of pain-free bliss, I’m now hurting and having spasms, even as I post this blog. I’m going to dance it out of my body in a minute. But fuck, this kind of careless, thoughtless behavior really pisses me off. And it doesn’t seem there’s much I can do about it, other than raise awareness in my own little way through this blog.


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