When one has cerebral palsy or any disability, patience kinda comes as a prerequisite; but the question I’m mulling today is: how long should I be patient with people who talk down to me, behave as though they have an automatic superiority or authority over me, and seem to want to perpetuate issues which should have blown over weeks ago? I know I must make allowances and accept people as they are, but no matter what I do to mend fences with this person, they won’t let things return to normal, and frankly, my patience is wearing thin.. Where with any other person, I’d expect trivial upsets to have been long forgotten, they seem to have blown things out of all sensible proportions and made some quite hurtful accusations about me. The thing is, they may or may not have mental health issues (I’m not sure) so the question becomes, do I make allowances for their mental health condition, or do I treat them as I would anyone else? I expect people to make allowances for my (physical) disability, of course, but when people go too far in that I see it as patronising. Hence, where do I draw the line in holding this person up to the same standard I expect of anyone else? I know I’m physically not able to do things people without CP can do easily, so I need help with things. In the local shop, for instance, staff members now come and help me get my things automatically. However, in other situations if people assume I need help or do things for me without me asking them, I’m prone to feel patronised or get annoyed. They are treating me as different. Isn’t assuming this person’s behaviour is related to their potential mental illness and thus ignoring it not a similar conundrum? If treating someone differently due to their disability is being patronising, then surely I should react to this person and what I perceive to be their patronising, childish behaviour as I would to anyone else.