Editor: Last Monday I drove to a local restaurant around 12:45 for lunch. It had been raining since Thursday afternoon, and there was still a very light rain. As I walked from my car across the asphalt parking lot to the side door, I put one foot on the blue and white handicap parking marker and immediately slipped and fell. It was if I stepped onto a wet, slippery piece of ice. The end result was an ambulance ride, in severe pain, to the Cornwall Street ER where I found out that my left wrist was badly broken. I’m waiting a week to find out if I need surgery to insert a metal plate.
The first reason for this letter is to thank the unknown good Samaritans who came out of the restaurant to help me—holding my head so I didn’t move it, holding an umbrella over me in the rain as I lay on the pavement, and calling 911 and my husband. Your kindness is so appreciated.
Second, I want to strongly encourage that all outdoor handicap markers that are painted on asphalt be treated with a grainy substance so when the paint dries the marker is not as slippery as glass when wet. I guess I can consider myself lucky, although try functioning in all aspects of your life with the use of only one hand. At least my limitations are a matter of, hopefully, only 6-8 weeks. The next person may have a worse outcome. Please do not take this request lightly.
Martha Robin, Leesburg