Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Today I experienced one of those experiences where you want to totally blame other people, but you know you can't. I had a doctor's appointment today. It was with a specialist. I had waited 6 months for it. My doctor's office made the appointment for me. I didn't think twice about it. I marked it in my calendar. I took time off from work, took the bus far out to it. I get there and it's in one of those "house" type doctor's offices. 6 steps to enter, and then some more inside. A passerby asks if I need them to go inside and get someone. I say please. The doctor comes out and apologizes and says he'll have to make an appointment for me at his clinic at the hospital. Doh! I assumed because my doctor's office knew I was in a wheelchair, that the place would be accessible. They should have been a bit brighter, yes. But I should not have assumed myself and therefore should have checked beforehand. Luckily they were able to reschedule me at the hospital for next week so I don't have to wait another 6 months. But... doh! Doh! Doh! Doh!


imfunnytoo said...

Actually, I think you are allowed, if not blame, then a rather curious train of thought.

1. Doctors generally see sick persons in their offices

2. Generally, sick persons have more difficulty with mobility.

Thus, if doctors want to promote preventative medicine and access to care, it is in their general interest to make it as easy for sick people to maneuver in their offices as possible.

kerewin said...

That isn't your fault at ALL. I think you have a right to be seriously annoyed, if not pissed.

Dr. Stephen said...

Dear Ranter:

Thanks for the uplift. I really like the way you use humor to emphasize respect. I would love to add a link for your blog on my blog Active Disability Advocacy. At any rate I'll be back here for more uplifts.