It’s extremely hard being disabled and unable to work in the field I used too, especially during Covid. But I am finding ways to still do my part, do health education and minimally because that’s all I can do, but it makes me still feel I have value and that I can so my part during Covid as someone who’s background is in Public Health.
To do my part during Covid, I am volunteering for OHSU since I am already a cleared volunteer and volunteering at the Covid Immunization Clinics.
I am just thankful to do a part and volunteer however I can during this public health crisis. My first shift went well, it also was a big realization that there is a reason I am disabled. It was rough, it was overwhelming, but I did it.
I am so lucky to have been able to find volunteer opportunities that work for me like at OHSU Thinkfirst and being able to tell me story to youth to provide education on brain and spine injury with my own story. So I may not be able to be a health educator who is paid to do so, but I can still do health education as a volunteer and share such important information.
This all gives me purpose. It all makes me feel ok about what happened and where I am. I am still here, life just looks very different but I can still find ways to be involved in things I am passionate about. Same with after my accident I volunteered at women’s moto events. There is still ways to be involved, you just have to seek them out.
Day 2 I got some glasses for over my glasses. And I appreciate their prompts that help me!
I decided to do 6am-11am Day 2 and it was rough. I realized why it’s so rough, it’s not like my job that has 4 hour shifts and is not constant talking. This is 5 hours of constant talking. It’s a lot for me!