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Partly because I'm a little worried about the pilot program to put those on Medi-Medi into a managed care program and partly because my wheelchair is getting pretty old, I am beginning the process of getting a new power wheelchair. It begins with getting a prescription from my doctor so I can get an appointment with an occupational therapist who evaluates what I need. Got the prescription, check. Prescription faxed from my doctor to the durable medical equipment guy (in my case Wheelchairs of Berkeley), check!

At this point it was my understanding that Wheelchairs of Berkeley would contact the Occupational Therapist they work with to give me possible times to meet. Instead I just got off the phone with Wheelchairs of Berkeley who notified me that I had an appointment at 3 o'clock on the 23rd. Apparently my schedule isn't really important. I suppose I could've insisted on rescheduling, but I do want to get this over with, so I will cancel my therapy appointment to go to the OT. Not too patronizing they would assume that I would just make myself available. I'm probably annoyed more than I should be, but these or the little things that make my life so full.

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Date: 2013-04-12 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] wispfox
In the category of 'things that I have noticed', places will tell you that you have an appointment set up, but you can absolutely tell them that the time is not available and negotiate to one you can actually do.

All of this said, I am able-bodied and may have my perspective skewed by that.

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Date: 2013-04-13 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] wispfox
Yeah. They do tend to be like "this is yours, there are no others.", and it's definitely energy to combat that impression and get them to negotiate!

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Date: 2013-04-13 04:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Oh, I've been given appointments with such lethal prejudice I wonder why they don't just send a tank to punch through my door, down the ramp, and drag me away without warning.

My, that was incoherent.

You're not being too sensitive!

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Date: 2013-04-13 04:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wild_irises
What Jesse said.

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