A dilemma? One effect of my long term chronic pain is the inability to stand for too long, in a queue for example. I wanted to return an item to a local store. The 'customer services desk had 4 counters but only 1 person on duty, in front of me was an elderly lady in a wheelchair accompanied by a younger female. They were purchasing/swapping a tv, with the paperwork done the assistant then offered to carry the said tv to their car (some distance from back of store) This would mean me waiting considerably more than the 8-10 minutesI already had. I was fuming! The thought have having to wait longer and the sufferance I'd have to endure was not an option. For the 1st time in15 years I reacted to my pain - I asked the lady (politely) if being in a chair she suffered from chronic pain she replied, no! I can barely feel my legs at all. I replied, I'm sorry too hear that but unfortunately, I suffer from chronic pain and could not wait the additional time required and would she object to the assistant calling someone else to carry her item in order for me to be served. She looked very suprised? but agreed. The assistant appeared shocked until I told him that people with chronic pain do not walk around with flags above their heads and are often in considerably more pain thatn those you assume to be - so please process my item. Why did I feel so ashamed for stating my case? Should I have 'endured' or gone home unsatisfied? Why has pain changed me so much? Your thoughts welcome!
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