“What the heck are THOSE?!”
That was my husband.
I was emptying bags from a trip to the grocery store when he spotted them.
Remember the Twitterstorm over Whole Foods selling peeled oranges for $6?
Okay, yes. Yes, I spent more money on less fruit that happened to be pre-washed and pre-sliced. And yes, it would have been cheaper and less plastic waste for me to buy larger cartons or whole fruits that weren’t washed or cut. And I’m not exactly proud of that. But stay with me here for a second.
MS fatigue is hard to describe to people who have never experienced it. It’s not the same as skipping your morning cup of coffee.
It’s trudging across a football field in two feet of snow. It’s escaping quicksand. It’s jogging a couple miles when you have the flu. It’s not an exaggeration.
It’s knowing how much energy you have left without dipping into tomorrow’s supply. It’s realizing that after a long day, even washing, drying, and slicing fruit can be a taxing undertaking.
I’ve come to anticipate and manage MS fatigue pretty well over these past five years, but on this particular day…I just really wanted some watermelon, and I wanted it NOW.
Pooh-pooh packaged fruit, if you like. There was a time in my life when I did, too. But don’t be so quick to dismiss the needs of marginalized groups like the disabled and the elderly. These little conveniences that many write off as laziness are a godsend for people who have trouble with energy, dexterity, and strength.
We just want our watermelon, dammit. 🙂
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