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I am fuming! Why do people assume that poor breathing equals no intelligence? I visited my local hospital last week and must have looked a bit blue when I struggled in. A woman came forward and offered to take me to the correct department in a wheeled chair, which I gratefully accepted. However, when we got there and I tried to stand she pushed me back into the chair and said she would go give in my name etc. I said that was not necessary, thanked her and tried again to get out of the chair. I was pushed back down and she hurried across to let them know I had arrived. However, when she got there she realised she had not taken my details (which of us is short of intelligence?). She came back and I stood and said thanks, I'll manage from here. She shouted across the waiting room that \"the lady was trying to walk\" and then asked me my name again. Feeling bolshie I replied \"Minnie Mouse\". Honestly, she looked at me as though I had completely lost my marbles (maybe I have) but I am quite able to speak and book myself in. I was reminded of this today when I received a response to a letter of complaint to the same hospital (No, I am not a serial complainer and it's the first I have made) but they have a new display screen where we now have to log in and it displayed my name, date of birth, home address and mobile telephone number in a large font, clearly visible to those waiting to log in behind me. The reply says this is to help me, thanks me for my feedback and suggests I contact a group of people who represent \"the disabled\", who provide comments to the hospital \"in respect of our less able service users\". Is it me?
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