Tuesday, 20 March 2012

I have to GO!!!

Hubby, baby and I went for a drive this past weekend. It was beautiful seeing all the development on the roads (Thika Road, to be precise) it's actually a little scary driving and having to keep up the speeds. I don't know how i'll manage when i go back to school in May.
So, anyway, we drove past USIU, Kenyatta University, JKUAT in Juja, went into Thika town for a quick look see, as we left Thika town, we saw many beautiful yummy pineapples by the roadside, all i could do was wish we could stop to buy but we didnt! Hubby promised we would on our way back though:) We drove for a bit and had to stop at the Kenol-Kobil at Makuyu because Fifi suddenly didn't want to sit in her car seat anymore. I jumped in the back with her to keep her company and also feed her.
We drove past the Murang'a turn and headed towards Makutano, i was amazed by all the fresh vegetables available, and the prices were good too!
As we got into Makutano, mama had to pee. Where to go was the big question? Hubby promised to take me to a hotel where he had lunch one time when working in the area. Trusting him with my life i said, i could hold till we got there! He drove into a little roadside "motel". I dont want to sound judgemental but sleazy would be an understatement. However, I didn't say anything as I was pointed into the direction of the toilets which were in an open area/ parking lot:) Grabbing my wipes, i headed towards the toilet and stench overcame me, but i soldiered on! I got to the toilets, opened the door and saw that it was a pit latrine....and it was full to the brim. I turned and hobbled back to the car. I couldn't GO!
It could have been a number of things that put me off; maybe it was the stench, or the human faeces that were starring back at me, or maybe it was the fact that when you have a prosthesis, squatting is next to impossible. I don't know. All i know it made me think about the difficulties that disabled women and girls have to go through in Kenya.
Going to the toilet is the next easiest thing for an able-bodied person (unless they are constipated, of course!) but when you have a disability, you have a lot to think about.
The limitations are countless. Today, for me it was the pit latrine, last week was the number of steep stairs i had to climb to get to the toilets, last month it was the slippery floor ( i have fallen before in a supermarket, so i am very wary of slippery floors!)
Interesting to point out that some of these things have quick-fix solutions, while others need to incorporated in building laws/policies. Either way, these are not impossible-to-implement solutions and do not need extra finances etc. more like common sense and consideration.
Back to my needing to go, we drove on and i went in a bush against our car. All in all, the drive was a welcome break and we got some pretty decent bounty from all the sellers by the roadside and not to mention local rice from Mwea.
My only regret was not taking pics...aaahh well, there's always next time!

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