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Any disabled drivers out there??

Discussion in 'Social Security / Disability Benefits' started by Snow Crystal, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. Snow Crystal

    Snow Crystal Registered

    Hi guys at my last rhuemie appointment, the specialist nurse suggested I apply for a UK disabled drivers badge to help with my fatigue (easier access to shops etc). The thing is my conscience tells me I can walk, although I tire very easily, not sure I would feel comfortable parking up in a disabled space and walking away from my car when there are many people who's need is greater. It's a moral dilemma, it would no doubt help my fatigue and joint pain but not sure that my illness warrants this benefit to be honest. Anybody out there in the same position? X
  2. keebler

    keebler Moderator

    Hi Snow Crystal,

    Im not in that postion but my husband insists that he drops me off at the door of a store.
    I do get stubborn and do walk to the car even though he said he will pick me up.

    Parking closer would give you a boost in your energy levels, you wouldn't get as fatigued. You would have more spoons to do other things. I think it is our pride or stubbornness in my case that we don't take advantage what would really help us in the end.

    I better take my own advice next time hubby and I go shopping.:hehe:
  3. debatat

    debatat Moderator

    Hi, if your rheumy nurse is suggesting that you need it, then it may well be a good idea. You don't have to use it every time you park, just on your 'worst' days. I have lost count of the times, I have been really rough, needed the shop, but had to park so far away that I don't make it to the shop and have to give up and go home. Let alone the times, I abandon the shop half way through as I have just run out of steam! If you find yourself in that scenario then it would be useful.

    You just apply at the local council office. You would need your gp or rheumy nurse help in applying.
  4. Monica3

    Monica3 Registered

    Hi Snow Crystal--

    Hey, if your rheumy nurse suggested it to you, you probably could really use it! Just use it when you really need it. Plus, if it allows you to get more done and feel better about yourself, then it will be well worth it.

    Go for it.

  5. kvpandora

    kvpandora Registered

    I would use it like Monica said if you need it otherwise tuck it away.
  6. Snow Crystal

    Snow Crystal Registered

    Thanks guys, as my brain doesn't work so well these days, I hadn't even considered just using it on my bad days!!!!! Like you Deb and probably many others here, I have abandoned shopping trips halfway or before I even got into the store. I try to do some grocery shopping online but find that mentally exhausting at times, for the past few months I have been buying from the little local shop but my family are tiring of the same old menus. The rhuemie nurse said she would support my application, so I think I'll go for it, I've been pretty rough lately but who knows what the future will bring, maybe I won't need it this time next year. ;0))
  7. TracyJN

    TracyJN Registered

    Go for it! I have a blue badge and when I first got it, it changed my life. I definitely go out on my own more and it's a Godsend when I go to the hospital. :)

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