Monday, January 7, 2008

Blazing new trails

Patti mentioned in a recent post about taking her mom with the fractured pelvis to the orthopedic doctor last week in her rental wheelchair. It was the proverbial Blind leading the blind (might as well use a disability related cliché here). Think of the guy in the wheelchair leading an expedition.

Well, it is not as if we were scaling Everest, but this trip required some planning if not the sherpas guiding us up the mount. However, I do have the vehicle that is capable (able-bodied?) of carrying two wheelchairs to the doctor. Being the wonderful son-in-law that I am, of course I was more than happy to comply. And I enjoy that offbeat sense of adventure (right).

After some efforts by Patti, we made it to the doctor only one-half hour late. It was sooo nice of the builders to put the entrance of the office at the top of a ramp. I’d have asked for a level landing at least before the door to make it easier to enter. Most of the patients are going to an orthopedist because something is fractured, broken, or torn. Therefore, they might be using a device to help them to get to the doctor like canes, crutches, or wheelchairs. Since that ramp had a slope of 7-8 degrees, if you forgot to set the brakes on the ’chair, you will roll back into the parking lot full of hobbling people, parkers, wheelchairs and FedEx. Gravity can be your friend, but not in a parking lot…

The worst thing is that a group of doctors probably owns these buildings as an investment. Almost as ironic as the me leading this mission. Now that we know it works, we should take Patti’s mom out to a restaurant soon so she can get out and have a little fun. No wine for Gooma, though, until she finishes the painkillers…

7 comments:

Lynn said...

I think a new line of work for you could be consulting with architects on making buildings wheelchair friendly.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

yeah, what lynn said!

smiles, bee

Joan said...

Why am I not surprised that a doctor's building would be so patient unfriendly? Oh...maybe it's because they put our Podiatry office at the far end of a very long corridor when the patients all have foot problems. Grrr...

And a lunch or dinner out with Patti's mom sounds like just what the doctor would order!

Pawlie Kokonuts said...

no joke...who designs these feckin places? prob. the same engineers who design roads on a desktop with no relation to reality

Patti said...

I'm glad I left the 'blind leading the blind' phrase to you...

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Linda said...

You would think that someone might have applied a little common sense to the design of the building considering its purpose.

I bet your mother-in-law has decided that she has the perfect son-in-law at this point!