Angua wrote:I'll spoiler this because it isn't really that serious compared with what most people in this thread go through:Spoiler:So, I have different lengthed legs - 14mm difference, which is actually pretty significant. It's mainly only affected me by being a major nuisance when buying shoes (many shoes can't be altered, and often putting a lift on the bottom means I lose all the grip, which is a bad thing for things like walking shoes) so I've never really thought of it as a disability. However, it's also left me with mild scoliosis, and I can't stand barefoot for long lengths of time without getting lower back pain (I generally get around this by moving around, or standing on one leg). However, now I'm going to clinical school, I'll have to be in surgery, for a couple hours at a time, in the sterilized clog things they have. I was planning on getting a removable heel made for that, but my SO told me that more of the shoes don't have heels, which would mean it would just slip out! So, I sent an email asking about it to the administrators about it, and got a reply which sort of made it sound like they didn't quite believe me, and wanted me to get a consultation at the orthopaedic centre (which confused me). I went to the gp (as you need a referral), and thankfully he was a lot more serious about it, though he was also a bit confused about why they wanted me to go for a different consultation, especially given that leg-length problems are normally referred to podiatry anyway. So now he's writing to a different person at the medical school who he says will be a lot better about trying to sort out a solution. The gp even told me that I might have to buy my own shoes, which I told him I'd offered to do in the email I sent, but they'd said it was absoutely not allowed due to possible contamination. He said that that was a bit ridiculous, and that they had to make reasonable allowances for people with disabilities, and it seemed pretty reasonable to him. I hope that turns out to be the solution rather than the other person's, which had been 'we'll ask the surgeons not to make you stand up too long' - which, when I can't stand an hour would be a bit difficult.
So, now I'm worried that by the time I get there, all the people in the theatres will be pre-disposed to being a bit annoyed with me. I'm also a bit annoyed that they didn't just ask for a conformation from the gp (which he said was all that was really needed) rather than them telling me to go to some specialist, which wouldn't really be able to help that much. I was even more annoyed when they asked if I had a special interest in surgery when they were telling me it would be that much - I know that it varies from firm to firm, but on the surgical rotations you can spend almost a day in there if you so chose, and I'd hate to have an entire half of medicine denied to me because of this. Surgery still has a lot of sexism in it, and I don't want to go in already being seen as weak.
Sounds like the medical school administration doesn't understand medical issues very well. :/