Monday, February 11, 2013

Cast free!!

Got my cast off today. Yeah!! I'll be celebrating in a little while with a looong hot shower.

Jordan had fun watching the removal process and was quite relieved to see the thing go. He figures I won't be treating him quite so much like a house elf now. (I am a good master, really. Quite benign.)

With the blizzard aftermath, getting to my doctor's appointment was interesting...harrowing even.

The worst part was actually getting into the office building. Strangely enough, it is not handicap accessible. This bewilders me. I mean, an orthepedist deals with bone and joint problems, right? Including breaks, brittle bones, and knee replacements. Some of their patients must be in wheelchairs. There have to be quite a few on crutches.

Yet, there is no parking lot. We had to use a public lot a bit down the street. There are stairs with no ramp and the end of the walkway was not properly shoveled. The walkway itself was slippery. I only managed to get in by leaning heavily on my husband.

I mentioned to the receptionist, the x-ray technician and the doctor that the building had accessibility issues. They acknowledged that I was right and quickly changed the subject. I am a disabilities advocate, so this approach didn't really satisfy me. I didn't say anything then and there, but part of me wants to address this. I am looking into the best way to go about it.

If the office doesn't receive any federal funding and there hasn't been any recent construction, they may well be within the law. It still doesn't make sense though.

What do you think? Should I complain or let it go?


  1. No you should absolutely NOT let this go. Complain to the highest authorities. It is ridiculous that a doctor's office is not compliant with ADA.

  2. I agree, this is crazy. I mean, they are orthopedic specialists, to not even try to meet their patient's needs here is wrong. Don't let it go, you were lucky but the next patient might be in a wheelchair and have a really, really hard time getting in. Cheers on your recovery though! Cast free is always good!

  3. I find it funny. I've seen one ortho for the past 10 years. He's been in three different buildings and none of them hav been specifically accessible. (His current building is the best, as he's on the first floor, but I noticed today there is no button for the door to automatically open)

  4. There is nothing wrong with speaking up. Maybe a well crafted letter to the doctor or the building owner. Congratulations on being cast free!