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The Cushion Saga Continues

Filed under: Living with a disability — by at 1:51 pm on Friday, May 18, 2007

The gloriously full moon
(Photo credit: Tue Romanow)

A couple of weeks ago, I shared how my husband Darrell needs to jump through disablistic hoops to get a new gel cushion for his manual wheelchair. As a quick update, the occupational therapist (OT) – the one who assessed Darrell last year for his new electric chair – called yesterday to say his file has now been reopened, but first Darrell needs his doctor to fill out the Ministry form before the OT can assess for the exact same cushion that is on the power chair. Why didn’t the OT mention this step to Darrell two weeks ago so that he could have booked a doctor’s appointment while waiting for his file to find its way back to the OT’s desk?

The OT suggested that, in the meantime, Darrell park both wheelchairs beside the bed, transfer to the bed, swap the cushion from one chair to the other, and then transfer to the other chair. Darrell and I aren’t sure how he, himself, is supposed to get both chairs to his side of the bed and then get out again. It comes back to levitating – a skill neither one of us has mastered yet.

He does have a doctor’s appointment for the 28th to have the doctor fill out the same form as he did less than a year ago. No doubt, the doctor will charge us the same fee for completing a form! Unless I’ve missed a memo in the last forty years, cerebral palsy is still a non-progressive, lifelong neurological disorder. Why not stamp CP on our foreheads and be done with it? Save a few trees in the process. Better yet, stamp it on another body part – I would gladly moon a few bureaucrats!

Stay tuned…

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Comment by Kathy

May 18, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

I think your next gig should be the comedy circuit. Never fails you make me laugh…

Comment by Mad goat lady

June 7, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

What a great inspiration you are..I think your blog is fantastic.

I know all about the jumping of hoops to meet all the red tape requirements..I have Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis and all the paper work and extra charges are a real pain in the butt!

I will be back to read the next instalment 🙂

Comment by Mary, the hairdresser

June 25, 2007 @ 10:37 am

Isn’t it amazing where ignorance rears it’s ugly head. Please tell me Darrell asked the question of how he was to get both chairs to the bed. I want to know the response or reaction when the OT realized he had suggested anything so stupid. And why does anyone have to jump through hoops. Sounds to me as though they are trying to justify their jobs.
You make me laugh Glenda.

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