Many years ago I remember being one of ten carers that accompanied a dozen or so spinally injured people to Switzerland to go skiing.
When I look back at the whole beer soaked experience,I do so with great affection for the entire seven days proved to be an hilarious adventure where severely "disabled" individuals learnt to push themselves to the limits and tight arsed nurses learnt to relax and care by the seat of their pants.
I remember one night in particular, when after a heavy day on the slopes, all the "wheelchairs" and their "pushers" joined forces in the bar for some serious apres skiing!
Amid much laughter and clapping, the 12 ex patients formed a line and with arms held aloft they belted out the Football and Carousel Musical anthem "You'll never Walk alone!"
Of course they substituted the words with their own
so with great amusement to us the nurses, but with much astonishment and disgust to the other drinkers, the group sang out " We'll never walk again!"
Such is the humour of true rehabilitation.
Tonight I went to see the french comedy Untouchable.
I was a little unsure about seeing the film as I thought that the story of how poor wise cracking black guy (Omar Sy) brings joy to the life of rich and cultured quadriplegic (Francois Cluzet) could be somewhat cloying and saccharine to say the least, but as I watched this joyous "study" of friendship between two "odd couple" characters, all I was reminded of , was those hilarious, drunken days when we nurses and patients forgot our roles and our inhibitions and enjoyed each other as silly drinkers, and warts-and-all friends
The film is a smart, charismatic and incredibly funny essay on the vital nature of friendship.
Friendship that is unconditional and, well, just as it should be.......fun!
The paralysis thing was just incidental9/10