VRS Interpreter: Hello my name is [Name] and I am a VRS Interpreter.
Support Group: Hi [Name]!
VRS Interpreter: Um. Well. I’ve been a CA for about four years now and I never thought I had a problem, then, the other day the call was answered by a PBX system, you know:
“…if you know the extension of the party you wish to reach you may dial it at any time, otherwise please choose from the following:
Press One for…”
And I realized I had memorized the number sequence to get from the trunk line to a live operator for that company.
And the Social Security Administration.
And to get to the Customer Service Department at four different cell phone providers.
And six hospitals and nine doctors offices, only one of which is in my State.
And Human Resources for the US Post Office.
Oh, and for Costco and, like, seven other businesses.
I can’t even call my children by their correct names half the time.
That’s when I knew I needed help…
When a Doctor’s Office tells a Deaf person, “you have to bring your own interpreter,” I just want to ask the name of the wheelchair user they required to build that wheelchair-ramp in front of their building.
In the epic Stephen King “Gunslinger” series there is a concept called Ka. It is the guidance force that moves us toward our purpose in life. Fate? Destiny? Maybe both, on steroids.
There is a saying in the universe of the Gunslinger, “Ka is a wheel.” It always rolls back around to a new beginning.
I started this blog in March of 2017 as I was confined to my bed following abdominal surgery. It was kind of a rehabilitation exercise and a way to keep my sanity when it hurt to move my body.
On Thursday, this coming week I go under the knife again, this time for my sinuses. The doctor has been honest with me in that I can expect the first couple of days to be a three ring circus of pain. But my life should be greatly improved shortly thereafter.
For a few days I will look like I talked about fight club.
Ka is a wheel.
Just to give you an idea, this is a normal sinus:
And this is mine:
Not good to say the least!
The whole point of this post is to let you all know The Rules may go silent for a couple of days.
Don’t think I’ve abandoned you.
Keep me in your thoughts.
And send me suggestions for Rules because, to be honest I’m keeping a brave face (no pun intended) but I’m nervous. And when the surgery is done I’m not sure how witty or clever I will be feeling. So I’m asking to borrow some of your wit and wisdom.
We all know you have it! You’ve been pondering Rules of your own.
Someone may even get a tee-shirt out of it!
The Americans with Disabilities Act is not a law. It is five laws (two of which you will likely NEVER use) that are kept in one three-ring-binder.
Never presume that understanding Title I gives you any insight into Title II or knowing the first two means you get Title III.
Section 501 (raise your hand if you knew that was a thing!), Section 504 and IDE(E)A are in separate binders, but heavily cross-referenced.
Today is just 24 hours? Are you sure? It feels like more.
Legal interpreting is not as scary as you think; Medical interpreting is scarier than you think; and, Educational interpreting is more challenging than you think.
Working despite the pain does not mean you are brave, strong or dedicated. It means you need help. Go see a doctor!