And I feel awful.
It's the kind of thing I never do.
After swimming today, I took Braeden into one of the Disabled/Family changerooms to save time.
I know, I know. I can hear the outrage now. And believe me, I feel guilty as all get out.
The whole time I was in there I was thinking, what if someone comes along and needs it more than me and has to wait because of me.
I think we were in there for all of 7 minutes.
Now, in actual fact, there are four rooms for families and those with disabilities so it does serve for both purposes. So I wasn't actually doing anything wrong.
So why did I feel so bad? I mean, I have gone to use it so many times with Ryley and haven't been able to because of able bodied families using it. I have said nothing. Just patiently waited with a freezing cold child.
I think I felt bad because I really truly believe that there is just not enough facilities for people with disabilites, and I don't think I should have been using it. Even though I wasn't doing anything wrong. But still.
The room itself was actually fairly poorly set out and in actual fact, I couldn't change Ryley in there anymore. It has an average sized change table, which Ryley is too big for, and then a narrow bench, which you couldn't put him on either because he is too big again. He has trouble standing for me to change him. So I am not sure how adults with disabilities manage.
I know the swim centre has just built two more new changerooms and I am yet to check them out. I might do that next week and see if they are any better.
In some ways, I get why they are dual purpose rooms. It is difficult to get kids changed and organised in the public open changerooms. So I do think that is fair enough that families and those with disabilities can both use the rooms. But I don't honestly think that the rooms are really accessible enough.
So yeah, I still feel bad about using the changeroom. But I was sick all day yesterday and still feeling average today and just wanted to get in and out without waiting for a shower or dressing in public.
I doubt I will do it again unless I have Ryley with me.
It's got me thinking though. I am going to start checking out all the "Disability" facilities every where I go. If they are dirty, accessible or not. It might be interesting.