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23 September 2010 @ 04:52 pm
Oh, and in other embarrassing moments  
Remember back on July 1 when I fell and sprained my wrist? Dale and I went back there for dinner the other night, and the ramp I fell off of now has railings on both sides.

I am deeply embarrassed about this, but will probably not let that stop me from eating there, because I love their steaks. Especially since there's only one person there who knows that the guardrails are my fault, and he's the kitchen manager, so I'm not likely to run into him.

Speaking of the wrist, I'd been weaning myself down from an ace bandage to one of those neoprene wraps, and also to wearing it for less and less time (basically, for the last month it's just been for driving and sleeping). However, the house ate the wrap on Tuesday, so I've been completely unbraced for two days, with no significant disasters. Lots of little pains when I pick something up or twist my wrist in the wrong direction, but just flashes, nothing significant.
 
 
 
une idee fixeideealisme on September 23rd, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
No reason to be embarrassed, or fault incurred. I'm glad you enjoyed your steak. Hope your injury heals soon.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on September 23rd, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Well, it's been healing for two, almost three months now, and it's much, much better than it was. Mostly what I need to work on now is strength, and maybe the last tiny bits of range of motion.
fae dobhranladyotterfae on September 23rd, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Unless that's a tiny ramp, it's not so much your fault as it is drawing their attention to a legal requirement. Dating a guy in a wheelchair has taught me oodles. :P To quote what about 15 seconds of searching for ADA ramp regulations finds: "If a ramp run has a rise greater than 6 in (150 mm) or a horizontal projection greater than 72 in (1830 mm), then it shall have handrails on both sides." (There are a few exceptions that allow for only single-sided railing.)

Sorry your wrist still hurts!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on September 23rd, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
The wrist is much, much better. I just need now to work on strengthening it.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on September 24th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
I asked Dale, who has a better memory for these sorts of things than I do, and he asserts that the ramp is at least six inches high and between four and five feet long, so it would qualify for the needing a handrail.

Just out of curiosity, would one of the exceptions be something like "built flush against the building, only needs a rail on the open side"?
fae dobhranladyotterfae on September 24th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Exceptions, as I remember it, are mostly for ramps right up against an open seating area that is fenced. Generally they're supposed to put rails on the wall side if it is up against a wall, though I think there may be certain loopholes there as well. (If that doesn't make much sense at first, realize that David will often pull himself up a ramp using the rails, rather than try to push himself up using his wheels.)
Pernicious the Musquodoboit Harbour Farm Catpernishus on September 23rd, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
My dear, your injury did them a favour -- that place clearly needed railings -- and an injury might have happened to someone else, who, quite possibly, would have sued the pants off them...
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on September 24th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
Indeed, based on what ladyotterfae said, it probably is supposed to have a railing. So I guess I'm glad it's there now.
(Anonymous) on September 24th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
I absolutely, wholeheartedly agree with this comment.

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Jezebelkightp on September 23rd, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
Wait: The guardrails are not your "fault", it sounds like they were needed to correct a safety hazard and you happened to be the unfortunate person who provided the impetus for them to take care of the problem.

So there.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on September 24th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
Indeed, based on what ladyotterfae said, it probably is supposed to have a railing. So I guess I'm glad it's there now.
vonandmoggy on September 23rd, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, hey, you shouldn't be embarrassed at ALL! You fell off the ramp and got hurt badly enough...someone else could've fallen and gotten hurt even worse. Clearly the railings are necessary!

I just skimmed and saw that almost all the other comments here say the same thing...concede to public opinion! Clearly we're all right! :)

p.s.
I hope your wrist feels better soon. <3
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on September 24th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Indeed, based on what ladyotterfae said, it probably is supposed to have a railing. So I guess I'm glad it's there now.

The wrist is ever so much better; I just need to keep working on strength and the last little bits of range of motion.
A Wandering Hobbitredbird on September 24th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
The guardrails are not your fault.

It's unfortunate that they didn't install guardrails before someone got hurt, but it's their ramp. and their lack of guardrails.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on September 24th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Indeed, based on what ladyotterfae said, it probably is supposed to have a railing. So I guess I'm glad it's there now.