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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.
 
 
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.)