Does the title make you think I hated it? This was hard to write, But Carin alluded to it in a comment.
Yeah, woke up at 6am to be all ready for my ride scheduled to be here between 8 and 8:30. Van arrived at 8:10. I was nervous, since it would me the first time getting to the campus gym without Dave. I was also very excited and all ready to go.
We arrived at about 8:30 or so. Practice was to begin at 9am. I had Jayden’s mat all folded up in my backpack, was wearing the socks I have to wear that go up to the knee, to protect my shins, had my long sleeved athletic top tied around my waist.
I made sure the van was where I needed it and got off. Jayden tried to go left for some reason, but I told him to hop up, keeping my alignment facing forward. I had brought my braille compass, just in case.
I told Jayden to find the stairs and he took me to them, pausing for each one. He paused at the doors I don’t need but continued on when I said hop up. He showed me the ladies room, but it was locked. He always gets a kibble there.
We carried on and got to the gym without a hitch, and two others were there. I hadn’t met them before, so we talked about our eye conditions, etc. Another got there and soon Lisa and her husband, our coaches, arrived.
“The door isn’t open?”
“I gotta make a call.”
So Lisa called campus security and we waited. Lisa’s husband was telling me how the practice would go, warm up stretching, a few laps around the gym, then court orientation. He was excited and so was I.
The security guy got there. He is familiar with the group.
“I don’t have clearance to open the door.”
Ugh. Lisa and her husband got upset, but not at him. They had scheduled this six weeks ago, and had checked and double checked that it was confirmed.
“I’m gonna have to find a bush,” I said, my morning coffee begging to escape. The security guy opened the ladies room for me, since we couldn’t get into the gym.
Next came figuring out how we’d all get home. I didn’t want to wake B so early on a Saturday, partly because he likes to sleep in, but partly because he works hard all week and I don’t want him responsible for the blind part of my life. Lisa totally agreed with me, as she’s the same way with her sighted husband. So she and her hubby would take me home after we made sure everyone was spoken for.
The wheelchair soccer team practices after us, so Lisa was trying to let them know not to come, but couldn’t reach anyone.
She’s gonna open a big can of woop ass on Monday and make sure this gets taken care of, so hopefully we can practice next week.
Highly disappointing. I don’t have much else to say. I got home and B was just waking up and he wondered why I was already home. He was disappointed for me. He pointed out though, that at least I did what I had been nervous about; I found the gym with Jayden with no help, and Jayden was absolutely flawless. So, there’s the silver lining.
So, better luck next week.