For one just hour look at the world upside down, a strange request possibly, let me explain, just for today don’t just do things think about what you are doing. Take all the things you find simple through out your day, those simple tasks like getting dressed making a cup of coffee, as you do each of these things try and do them with just one hand, or without bending a knee, or even something as small as not being able to bend your index figures, as though they are paralysed. Each thing you do, stop some part of you from working as normal, through every action you make continue to look at the problem that one tiny part of you, not doing what it should can make impossible the things you take for granted. If at the end of that hour you haven’t change your view of your world, well try it again but do it 100% not just sort off. If you do it from your heart, you will get a glimpse of the life that millions live daily.
I am sitting here looking at my little dish filled with the tablets that I have to swallow this morning, I’ve eaten my half slice of bread and drunk my first coffee of the day, so now it is the tablets. It’s silly how you do something daily and daily you dread doing it. All my life I have never like swallowing tablets and now when so many stick I have some of my medication in a syrup form, but too many meds still come in tablet form only. I just don’t see the logic when everything I take are meds for Chronic Illnesses, the types of condition that means you have to keep on for ever, taking them, yet the makers don’t think what it is like to keep swallowing their horse pills, or how when so many conditions have swallowing problems, that it might be a good idea to have a liquid form where possible. Companies of all sorts really are guilty of not actually employing joined up thinking, taking that step to look at what they make, the how and who may be the end user. Who was the bright spark who thought that making their tablets the size of a micro dot, in a plastic pop-out pack so close together that with poor dexterity you can not fail to pop out more than one? Economics, I know, the cost factor is the driving force but surly a little thought needs to be applied to life as well.
Even before I was diagnosed with MS and the worst of my problems developed, the insistence of the modern world to make things smaller and smaller each day, caused me problems. I don’t know how you get on with childproof caps but I hate them! I always have. I do see the point but I can honestly say that I haven’t had a child in any of my homes for over 20 yrs, I don’t know one single person with a child so surly I should have the option of normal caps on things. The companies who make bottle caps could easily sell packs of normal caps without bottles, they are standard sizes if you haven’t noticed, interchangeable between products and different sized containers, I could then throw away the child cap and replace with one I can manage with ease. They wouldn’t make a fortune, but I am sure it would more than just pay for itself. I am not talking about rocket science just simple options to make life simple. It may seem like a tiny unimportant problem, in my cupboards now are loads of containers that take not just time, but precious energy to navigate their entrance.
Once you have an illness like mine you start to see everything in a different way, nothing is about design first, cost has to be a factor but it is all to often about how I can use it and how much energy does something take. I know all to well now that the same problems I have had for the last few years, are also the problems that too many of our elderly face daily as well, we might not all become ill but we do all become old, regardless how we pretend for most of our lives, that it will never happen to us, we can’t escape it. It would be wonderful to think that all you had to do was write a letter to a company and point out their error and things would change, they wouldn’t, but with our rapidly aging population you would think that they would already be adapting to aid the majority, as that is what our world is facing right now, a society where the minority problems of the disabled are becoming the problems of the majority.