I caught a chill yesterday. I was lecturing in a room and didn't realize that I was strategically placed under four exhaust fans blowing cold air. The building resisted the idea of warming up, as if it didn't want to turn on the heat, didn't want to make a concession to fall and winter. For the first time ever, I presented with a blanket over my shoulders. I must have looked a bit like 'granny' sitting in my wheelchair with a blanket over my shoulders! But, the most important thing was that the audience was warm and questions flowed out of genuine interest of the subject and concern for those they support.
I got in the car and we turned up the heat. Joe was sweating in minutes and I was firmly resolute that I would warm up. As we got to the hotel, it had just started raining in the car. I got in praying there weren't too many emails from work to be done, well, there were more than I felt like doing but I did them all anyways and then took to bed to watch television. I woke for food. I woke to shift from across the bed to in the bed. I slept until the time that normal people sleep.
The only thing that happened of any substance for this blog was that the Metro guy called. Much to my surprise. I admit that I didn't feel up to talking to him but I took the call anyways. He explained that the part of the store where the wheelchair access was has been blocked off because it was under repair and was felt to be dangerous. In a couple of weeks the wheelchair access point will be moved and re-opened. He apologized for my experience, was embarrassed that I'd been asked to limbo under the cart return bar, and promised to post a sign explaining the new access and instructing wheelchair users which aisle will be made available for entry until the changes are made.
Ummm Hmmmm, well this morning I received an email that I have not yet responded to. It's from someone here where I'm presenting who knows that store. I think I might just have a spy that can check on changes. I'll write her back, maybe tomorrow, I'm still a little tired and weak, to see if we can check out the word of a guy who sounded sincere - any bets on changes?
Well, I start a little later today, I think I might get in another little nap. This chill might have been the best thing that's happened to me. I've both got permission and the ability to sleep.