So I took a chunk out of my finger slicing vegetables. Specifically the ring finger on my dominant right hand. Happens to tons of people every day and it will be fine. But here is the thing, it hurts and I have to wear a large bandage to keep it covered. And it is a pain. I have to do things like put in my contacts and brush my hair differently. Doing dishes requires a bit more maneuvering and putting something in my pocket is out of the question. I can still do everything I need to do and it doesn't really effect my daily life except in little annoying ways.
It is good for something like this to happen to someone like me, an occupational therapist who sells home medical equipment. Why? I am often thrilled to present an independence solution to someone who presents with a problem. Having trouble putting on your socks? Look at this fabulous device that will help you! Can't get to the bathroom? Look at this commode! The recipient is often not as excited as I am. People want to do things the way they always have and the way they like to do it. Intellectually they might know that devices provide the most independence and safety and they do accept that - begrudgingly. Now I get it. They say it takes 3 weeks to make a new habit or change the way we do things. My minor problem will not last that long but many of my customers and patients are facing life long conditions. Consider my level of empathy increased!