Tomorrow at 9 am I am being admitted to hospital to have a “totally torn in half rotator cuff repaired and they also suspect crushed nerves in the bicep of my left arm.
So what you say people have rotator cuff all the time? Yes that’s right they walk upright and they even return to work in a couple of weeks.
But what if you can’t walk? I rolled into my doctor’s room last Thursday afternoon thinking I would get a surgery date for a month or more with plenty of time to organize things?
No, the doctor said “6 days from now, next Thursday the 4th” Oh by the way take out Saturday and Sunday that left me 3 working days to organize and in that time he wanted a full medical, a EKG, blood taken a chest x-ray a MRI and oh yeah I will have a cryo-sleeve on my arm for 6-8 weeks
and will not be allowed to move it at all so I need an electric wheelchair? Sure I have that kind of money NOT
I live in New York anyone of the above appointments takes up to three months to get and I not only had three days to get in they also wanted the test results to my surgeon in that time????
Oh and a small minor point in the life of a middle aged person who has a life I can’t move off my bed for 6-8 weeks and can’t work for four months?
Oh and the electric wheelchair that costs on average $700 a month to rent or $5-10,000 to buy brand new turned out to be an impossibility in three days.
That’s just the organization, let’s look at the fact that without the money to buy an electric wheelchair my life stops till July and that’s if everything goes well!
So next time some upright abelists loudmouth chimes off “I had that surgery and I went right back to work”! MAZEL wanker, but my arms are virtually my legs and that’s a long time to hop on only one.
So yesterday I had an appointment to go have all the pre -med and Columbia doctors on 51st and decided to have my yearly breast exam before as the radiology center was close by and when the sonogram was finished the tech mumbled an excuse that she would be back in a moment she came back with a doctor a chef radiologist and told me there was a “lump” and it was not a cyst and there was serious need for further examination so a biopsy was ordered, all I heard was “lump and serious and biopsy” the rest of the day was a blur between tears.
So in the middle of being bed bound after surgery I do have to leave have the biopsy and then wait to find out more.
So to my readers I apologize in advance if my posts get emotional and in the first week on heavy painkillers maybe weird but as a service to other dis and otherwise abled people facing serious debilitating or life altering surgery I will be documenting my recovery, my therapy my success (hopefully) and even the bad news if there is any. Wish me luck or light a candle or do what you want but please no replies asking me if I’m saved or telling me “god has a plan” so see you soon but not tomorrow but I’m asking Ella to take pics for me to put up.
Lego has unveiled its first ever minifigure of a wheelchair user, almost a year after a social media campaign began pushing the toy maker to “think outside the brick box” and represent people with disabilities.
The beanie-wearing minifigure features in the Fun in the Park set, and is accompanied by a helper dog.
It was spotted at the London and Nuremberg Toy Fairs, with photos later shared online by the Bricksfans website.
The move comes after Lego was accused of a lack of diversity in its minifigures, with the Toy Like Me campaign launching a petition for the company to include minifigures with disabilities.
Excitement factor – off the scale!
Rebecca Atkinson on behalf of Toy Like Me organisers
“Oh Lego, where are your basket-balling wheelsters? Baseball playing Duplo folk with hearing aids? White cane using Lego Friends off to the gym?” said the petition, which attracted more than 20,000 signatures.
In a petition update on behalf of the campaign organisers, Toy Like Me co-founder Rebecca Atkinson said she was overjoyed at news of the wheelchair-using minifigure.
“We’ve got genuine tears of joy right now … Lego have just rocked our brick-built world!” she wrote.
“Lego have listened to this little ol’ toy box revolution … Excitement factor — off the scale!
“Lego we salute you! You’ve just made a 150 million children, their mums, dad, nans, grandads, teachers, carers, pet dogs and hamsters very, very, very happy! We’re conga-ing up and down the street right now, (the hamster is at the back) flinging multi-coloured bricks like confetti!”
Katzman Enterprises announced they would be hosting a dwarf-tossing event at their two establishments this week: Leopard’s Lounge in Windsor, Ontario and the Toy Chest Bar in Detroit, Michigan. Both establishments are strip clubs owned by The Katzman’s, who regularly try to push the envelope with their tastelessness.
In case you’ve never heard of it, dwarf tossing is a competition, usually held at bars, to see how far participants can toss a person of short stature. While this barbaric event has been around since the 80’s, it has gained popularity since it was portrayed in the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Although the event has been banned in Florida and New York, organized dwarf tossing continues to occur throughout the country. Its bad consequences also continue to occur. In fact, in 2012 in his Golden Globe acceptance speech, famous dwarf actor, Peter Dinklage, asked the audience to go home and Google “Martin Henderson,” with no further context than the name. It turned out that Martin Henderson was a recent victim of the effects of dwarf tossing. Shortly before the awards ceremony, Martin Henderson was standing outside of a bar in England smoking a cigarette, when a group of men walked up to him and tossed him, as they had seen in dwarf tossing competitions. Martin Henderson was left partially paralyzed. Being a member of the dwarfism community, I have also heard several other accounts when people of short stature, that were not participating in such a competition, were also put at risk of being tossed. Virtually everyone within the dwarfism community has experienced the threat of being picked up against their will. Surely, we do not want to encourage such dangerous and insulting behavior.
At the announcement of the upcoming events being held in Detroit and Windsor, The Katzman’s stated that they were hosting the event after popular demand and were inspired by “The Wolf of Wall Street.” This is evidence that there is a deep connection between popular culture, disability stigma and violence. Many advocates reached out to Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio before the release of the movie to express this serious concern of the community. As you can see, they were unwilling to budge on its appearance in the film.
In 2012, The Katzman’s hosted this same event and reported to have had over 500 people in attendance. Of course, the person who wins at throwing the Little Person the furthest receives a trophy, like any good competition would.
The mere fact that this event is still being made popular is outrageous. Whether or not the person of short stature lands on padding, has a helmet on or willingly participates, is simply hot air, as throwing anyone at a wall, much less a group of people with a compromised spinal canal, is not safe, no matter how you put it. Further, the event also objectifies Little People, as it treats them like objects rather than people. Horseshoes, basketballs, salads and an old pair of jeans are all meant to be tossed, but not people.
The Silky Terrier, similar to the one pictured above, suffered a dislocated hip and a knee injury that required surgery.View Full Caption
MIDTOWN — An Uber driver viciously slammed a passenger’s service dog onto the ground after telling her she couldn’t have the pooch in his car — leaving the animal with a dislocated hip and an injured knee that required surgery, police said.
The 30-year-old Manhattan resident had gotten into the cab with her Silky Terrier in front of 1755 Broadway, near West 56th Street, on Jan. 21 around 7:30 p.m., the NYPD said.
When driver Muhammad Qayyum, 23, saw the pup, he told her, “I will not take your dog in my car,” police said.
After Qayyum, from Queens, refused to drive the woman and her pooch, he got out of the car, went to the right back passenger seat and grabbed the dog’s leash from the woman’s hand, the NYPD said.
Qayyum used the leash to yank the dog out of her lap and threw the animal to the ground, according to a complaint filed with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
The dog suffered a dislocated hip and a knee injury, the DA said. The owner brought her pet to a veterinarian on West 55th Street in Hell’s Kitchen after the incident, police said.
It was not clear why the woman required the service dog.
Qayyum denied slamming the canine to the ground, said an Uber spokeswoman, who noted that all Uber drivers are required to accommodate service animals.
The driver claimed that after the woman refused to show documents proving the terrier was a service animal, she made “racist, religiously disparaging slurs” and punched him in the face several times, the spokeswoman explained.
“Any mistreatment of animals is abhorrent and we do not tolerate violent behavior on the platform,” she said.
“The driver-partner and rider accounts have been suspended while we investigate this incident.”
Qayyum was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and harming a service animal, the complaint said.
He was released without bail and an order of protection has been issued against him, the DA’s office said.
Neither an attorney for Qayyum nor the woman who owns the dog responded to requests for commen
The man who says he has given more to Americans with disabilities than anyone else has faced a slew of lawsuits over ADA compliance.
Donald Trump, truth-manipulator-in-chief, has again run afoul of reality—this time when he spoke about his relationship with Americans with disabilities.
“Nobody gives more money to Americans—you know, the Americans with Disabilities Act—big act,” Trump confusingly said at a rally in Sarasota, Florida, on Saturday. “I give tens and tens of millions of dollars and I’m proud of doing it. I don’t mock people that have problems.”
This was his defense after Trump maliciously imitated a New York Times reporter with a physical disability and followed it up by saying he had never met him and requested that the publication apologize to Trump.
“I was very expressive in saying it, and they said that I was mocking him,” Trump told the crowd in Sarasota over the weekend. “I would never mock a person that has difficulty. I would never do that. I’m telling you, I would never do it.”
He previously also made fun of columnist Charles Krauthammer, who is paralyzed from the waist down. “I went out, I made a fortune, a big fortune, a tremendous fortune… bigger than people even understand,” Trump said in July after Krauthammer referred to him as a “rodeo clown.”
“Then I get called by a guy that can’t buy a pair of pants, I get called names?”
Now, it is true that Trump has a pretty extensive track record with ADA.
His properties have been sued a number of times for violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act, including one instance where a man claimed that the buses to his Atlantic City casino were virtually impossible to access in a wheelchair.
James Conlon, the plaintiff in that 2003 case, alleged that he was told on two separate occasions that there were no “buses available for use by persons who use wheelchairs who choose to leave from the Long Beach, New York departure site.”
The case was later settled.
In the most egregious case, the U.S. Department of Justice had to intervene because the Trump Taj Mahal was nearly inaccessible for people with disabilities.
In 2011, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey conducted a compliance review of Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. They discovered an extensive list of problems.
There were no signs indicating handicapped parking in the self-park garage. A number of bathrooms lacked proper Braille for visually impaired people. The pipes in the bathroom were not insulated to prevent harm when contacted. The counter surfaces in the buffet were not at a proper height for individuals in wheelchairs. The list goes on, as these were only “some of the Department’s more significant findings.”
The terms of the settlement between the company and the federal government mandated that appropriate updates be made as soon as two weeks after the agreement in order to prevent further inspections thereafter. A representative for the Taj Mahal has not responded to a request for comment from The Daily Beast about the status of these updates.
According to its official website, ADA compliance is required for “commercial and public entities that have “places of public accommodation.” There are clear instructions for accessibility certification on the website, including updates to the original requirements from the act’s inception in 1990.
Trump’s problems went beyond his properties. In 2005, attorney James Schottel Jr. sued producers of The Apprentice for discrimination by requiring “excellent physical” health to appear on the show. Schottel, who is quadriplegic, took issue with this requirement at the time and eventually got the show to change the language on its casting call.
David F. Jacobs, a representative of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, told The Daily Beast he couldn’t speak on the record about any existing ADA complaints related to Trump properties, some of which are no longer owned by Trump himself. He instead provided a link to their website, which listed cases including the 2011 one involving Trump Taj Mahal.
These cases notwithstanding, Trump has earned the ire of American disability organizations for his recent mocking of a New York Times reporter, who challenged Trump’s claims that “thousands” of Muslim people in New Jersey were cheering after the 9/11 attacks.
“Considering there are 56 million Americans living with a disability, you would think a candidate for president would be looking for opportunities to highlight their remarkable contributions to society, not mock them,” former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge told The Daily Beast. Ridge serves as the chairman of the National Organization on Disability, working alongside former president George H.W. Bush.
“Just ask any of the companies NOD works with and they’ll tell you people with disabilities are their best workers,” Ridge added.
“Mr. Trump would be wise to remember the words of NOD’s longtime honorary chairman, President George H.W. Bush, who after signing the ADA into law 25 years ago said to those in attendance: ‘We embrace you for your abilities and for your disabilities, for our similarities and indeed for our differences.’ That is what I call presidential.
My wife and I have been trying to work out our taxes and we saw on the website that there was a deduction for a “disabled dependent” now I make a small income from an Australian disability pension and the occasional book sales but my wife’s medical insurance on which she pays extra to have me on it pays for all my medical care so yes I am her dependent.
So I ring a few disabled support agencies to find out what is required to meet the tax standard?
Guess what folks? the state and the federal government do not recognize you as meeting the tax requirement for disabled unless you are declared disabled by putting yourself through Medicare and Medicaid and welfare medicals to qualify for those benefits?
Wow, so as far as the system is concerned if you have wheels under your ass you must be destitute and need state assistance? It shouldn’t matter what someone earns or how much they make if their wife or husband or prominent other pays for their medical or any part of their needs they should meet the requirement.
Obviously they are not of the aware of the giants in our world We have who are in a wheelchair, there is Steven Hawkins the most intelligent man in the world, we have top sports people like wheelz fotheringham and otter bailey. I wonder do the female actors in Hollywood who have that reality show go through welfare so they can prove they are disabled?
What is it are they incapable of accepting that we can be both dis or otherwise abled and successful? What do they think the wheels undr my ass and the lack of feeling in my bottom half it to pick up women?
So if we give everything up, she gives up a career she has worked her ass off for 20 years and apply for Medicare and Medicaid we can claim the 20,000 a year it costs to be me. Because some pencil pusher who couldn’t spell neurosurgeon if she had a teleprompter gets the power to say what spinal cord injury is and whether I have it all while cramming for her GED at night school.? WTF
Sorry IRS I guess you get to keep my money in the same place you keep your prejudice and ignorance, what’s the use of a federal law guaranteeing my rights if the fed is the one breaking it?
Hey rebels with wheels under your ass are you sick of necessary services and government offices not being accessible?
Sick of wondering why the disabled must pay state taxes when every second corner in the city of New York either has no ramp to cross at all or it’s broken or my favorite it leads to a storm drain with slots wide enough to swallow my wheels
I went to get a sonogram the other day and my beloved did her normal due diligence and called regarding access but we got there to a steel staircase going up two stories to the check in desk?
Even worse the practice manager had never heard of the Americans with disabilities act and thought we were making it up.
Well I know I’m sick of it she who must be obeyed and I paid a shit load of taxes next year and by the look of our test run are getting shit all back and to rub salt into the wound nothing has changed re access for the disabled in new York since Guilianni was mayor.
So even if it gets me busted I’ve decided to strap on and say “NO FUCKING MORE YOU IGNORE US YOU’RE MINE”
Relax folks I’m not re-enacting Michael douglas in the movie falling down and doing a drive by on abelists, I am making up a graffiti stencil and every business every corner every railway station every diner and restaurant and hospital that thinks my rights do not matter will be tagged catch me if you can, bust me if you must but from now on every tag will be photographed added to the blog with address business name. I’m doing it everywhere I go lets name and shame America if you send me a pic of you doing similar I’ll send you one of my stencils to get it right let’s tag the abelists assholes of America
Most of my medical problems in the last two years have been falls from my chair because of broken or non existant infrastructure.
In December of 2010 I was on a city bus in Australia from nambour to maroochydore they are small towns about 20 miles apart. Now in New York 20 miles would mean suburbs the whole way, example Manhattan to sheepshead bay in this case however there was a fucking huge mountain between them.
So to leave nambour you had to pull out on the state highway, so we’re on a bus in a wheelchair now the bus does not have any straps, us tough aussies even seriously disabled are meant to just straphang.
So were doing 80kmh (55mph) 0n a three lane highway and were in the middle lane, and two drunks ,one each side suddenly pull in front and stall. The bus driver of a 60 ft. long double bus joined with rubber slams on the brakes and the bus is starting to slide sideways and my arm is straining I’m using all my strength to hang on and suddenly my chair flies out from under me and hits the back window and my arm is twisting like licorice and suddenly I am airborne straight out three ft off the floor flying towards the dash as the bus is slamming to a stop.
I’m 6ft 4 long when flying, and this day I had aussie thongs on (flip flops) and the only thing that stopped my head going through the wind screen was evidently 6ft 4 behind the wind screen is a baggage rack and my big toe is caught my toe nail tears off and I fell to the floor.
The bus company tried to say “no one forced you to catch the bus so were not responsible” but they paid and I started to look for medical care but we were flying to New York the next week so stupidly I waited.
The first surgeon “dr pei” actually had the small dick to tell me “yes both rotator cuffs are torn but I only get very limited surgical rights at new York hospitals and I use them to restore peoples quality of life, disabled people don’t have a quality of life so why would I waste them on you there’s nothing to restore”
The second doctor was a dr Cuomo, actually a relation to our governor, she repeated
A version of dr Pei’s bullshit.
During this time I got back into rock climbing injured arm and all and had a fall I went to another doctor who told me he was the orthopedic surgeon of Derek jeter and understood my needs and said yes your shoulder is damaged but no I won’t operate.
So I lived with it and I guess wrong or not my shoulders healed and about every 8 months with me climbing doing marathon and surfing and road racing my left shoulder would give out.
No matter whether good or bad one mistake dr’s and surgeons make when dealing with the permanently disabled wheelchair using community, is how they perceive the effectiveness of their treatment. One of the regular comments I get is “it’s only your shoulder you can still walk around and go to work”?
No I can’t they don’t get it a wheelie with one arm spins circles, I can’t even push to the bathroom or answer the door with one arm so work stops, sport stops, life stops.
But to the doctor he’s using the same drugs and the same treatment he uses on abelists and therein lies the problem to a wheelie our arms are our legs. So when you tell us “I won’t operate just get on with life” they’re saying if you use a manual wheelchair fuck you spin in circles and stay home or reduce yourself to doing nothing without a nurse to wipe your arse when if he simply did what he spent 12 years at school learning and took half a day within three months I would get my life back.
So this bullshit has gone on since March 2011, then on September 15th a bunch of arsehole street kids harassed Zeus and I to the point where I was slammed backwards out of my chair and my left shoulder hit the sharp right angle edge of a steel gate post. With my considerable weight and the speed in which it happens, by that night I was screaming in pain unable to move my arm it took a month to and a half to find a surgeon.
again she swore she was a surgeon, she told me the buck stopped with her, and it was December 10th and she promised after the MRI she would have me on an operating table by Christmas.
Then it began all over again and guess what? after the MRI I have a very torn rotator cuff and now I have to meet a new surgeon (oh yeah I forgot, the so called surgeon wasn’t a surgeon she just did diagnosis) So I ask you abelists if it took you five years to get treatment for a common every day problem what would you do?
Anyway I’m in bed typing with one hand because I have such debilitating pain in my left I can’t lift it and still don’t have a date yet for surgery? More to come stay tuned.