This robot is for a very sick little boy who suffers from eosinophilic esophagitis and anaphylactic shock syndrome. His obesity is a symptom and unrelated to why he must send a robot to school.
If there are even tiny particles of milk or peanuts in the air, he will end up in the emergency room. He is basically allergic to life and has been in intensive care twice in the last 2 years. This robot allows him to go to school. He can learn, interact with students and teachers, and make friends that aren’t nurses and doctors.
Sometimes when I tell people I have to work from bed most days, they respond with, “I wish I could do that.” or “That sounds awesome.”
I know this is an easy and obvious joke to make, and I am not admonishing anyone who has made that kind of joke. But I would like people to know that it is hurtful. One of the more hurtful things that is said to me, if I’m being honest. Because I want nothing more than to get out of this bed. And I think this kid would like to play with his friends in real life rather than sending his robot to school. Our lives are not ideal, but we adapt them to make the best out of a bad situation.
Reblogging because that robot is the VGo telepresence robot and I got to order one for our office. I’m pleased to see they are useful in such a variety of important situations, even if they are not ideal.