Shopping and cerebral palsy

In case you haven’t noticed yet, I love to go shopping. Well, unless I’m going shopping for shoes that is. I’ve mentioned these things quite a lot in the past, but I’m not sure I’ve ever really talked about the difficulties I face when going to the till to pay for my things.

Handling money can sometimes be a pain, especially if I get given a lot of change in coins; even more so if the cashier piles all of the coins on top of the receipt when they give me them. I always want to put it away at speed, but my CP impacts on my fine motor skills so I find it really fiddly. I quite often drop it all over the floor which doesn’t help much.

Then I have to sort  out my bags and hang them on my walking frame Martha, making sure the weight between them is as even distributed as it can be. All this takes a while sometimes.

I always get really self conscious about holding up the queue so I apologise all the way through doing this, both to the people who work in the shop and the other customers. People are always really understanding though and tell me to take my time. Lots of people also offer to help too which is always nice.

If I can, I’ll sometimes stand to the side in a shop and get my money out before I go to the till so that I don’t have to hold everyone up. If I’m wearing a jacket with a pocket I’ll often just put the money in there and sort it out later. If it’s really busy I just throw it all in the bottom of my handbag.

Do any of you have any tips?

As for using self-service check outs, I think that’s a post for another time.

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