I rarely if ever use the fact that I have RA to get out of something and take issue when I hear about others doing it. In fact, I hate it when people assume I need help with something unless I have very specifically asked.
For the record, I can: use a ladder, carry dishes, haul my groceries in, open doors etc. But all of these are items that people have tried to force assistance on me many, many times.
I do understand but it’s also frustrating because I feel like most of us are acutely aware of our capabilities and limitations and dammit, don’t limit me if I don’t tell you I’m limited, right?
However, and I don’t know if it’s an RA thing or if it’s more of a ‘I’m not going to do this thing’ because to be fair, my plan for the following would be the same with no RA.
What plan? Oh, just that tomorrow I found out the building I work in is having its yearly fire drill. So at 9am, the alarms will sound and all floors must evacuate via the stairs. Then we get to stand outside in the heat and get cleared back in floor by floor, also via the stairs.
I work on the 8th floor.
So I will be working from home until lunch tomorrow. Because mama has RA and absolutely no time for that nonsense! 😂