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FunGuy
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   Posted 10/16/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I have sometimes wished I had a handicap parking permit for the times that I have to pull into some Wallmart on the fly praying that there will be a spot close in.
 
Anybody get a permit for that purpose? 

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   Posted 10/16/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I got one when my Crohn's was bad because I was physically weak, but I also got it because I needed to get into the bathroom five minutes ago. I didn't want to go in my car, thank you.

Talk to your doctor and see what you can do. You'll have to get some forms signed by him anyway before you're able to get a permit. It will most likely be temporary too though I know some people have gotten permanent.
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FunGuy
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   Posted 10/16/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. I could not imagine I was alone in this thought. I walk about 6 miles a day and even when ill that is not a problem of mine but as you said so perfectly, when you had to go five minutes ago.....

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   Posted 10/16/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Funguy not being able to walk more then 100 feet is a fundimental requirement in my state.
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LMills
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   Posted 10/16/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Exactly :/ No one wants to end up going in their car...no one should have to!
But 6 miles a day? I wish I could do that right now haha. That's great.
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FunGuy
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   Posted 10/16/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a mail carrier. I have the best customers. Many have let me in to use their bathrooms.

As far as walking 100 feet? That would be a silly rule. Typical Walmart handicap spot is about a 100 feet from the door isn't it? I think the amount of pain that one of us is in as we try to make it to the restroom is certainly justification for a permit. I have seen these permits abused but that is not the point the point is the proper use so that folks in pain or weak or elderly can go about their live with some normality.

If they turned me down I think I would get pretty steamed up. How about not being able to walk 100 feet without bloody you know what running down my leg.

Not yelling at you Navy I hope you know.
 
Gee Mills I wish you could walk those 6 miles also.  I think it is good for me but I am really tired of the whole thing these days.  Every time I get ready to walk a "loop" I have got to try to decide if I can make that ten minute trip without an "event". 

Post Edited (FunGuy) : 10/16/2009 7:18:28 PM (GMT-6)


Pommom
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   Posted 10/16/2009 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a permanent disabled plackard. I just have to renew it every 4 years.It was given to me by my GI Dr. Now I have breathing issues, also. It sure helps in a lot of circumstances.
 
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   Posted 10/16/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I "go" in my car (van actually) when I have to...I took the very back bench seat out and put a port-o-pot back there and since the passenger seats right behind the front seats are bucket seat, I can just walk (hunched over of course) to the back of my van and do my thing whenever I need to...it's come in handy tons of times...I hated selling my beautiful car for a van but in order to get out of the house it was worth it....there's been times when I was parked in the parking lot, and started walking to the store and had to run back (cuz I was closer) to the van and use my potty.

I'm thankful for my "potty-van" LOL, but guarantee you if I didn't have this stupid disease I'd be driving a Hyundai Tiburon.

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FunGuy
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   Posted 10/16/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I am glad you got the permit but sorry you are having breathing trouble. I am going to my GP on Monday. At night I feel short of breath. I'm not sure it's Crohn's. Lost most of my sense of smell about a year ago I think and that might be a clue. I wake in the morning feeling fine. Weird?

Anyway I think I might just try to get that permit, even a temp. I am not the type to abuse it. I alway park far from my destination 1- to walk and exercise and 2- even though my car is older I don't want anybody dinging my doors.

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FunGuy
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   Posted 10/16/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Excellent PB!! I keep an old bucket in my postal truck and have used it occasionally. I agree with you it allowed me to continue working when I flared badly. Another advantage is you can park your postal van anywhere and they almost never ticket it! I wonder if they would let me take it home! NOT :)

I drive a sub compact and don't have room for a toilet. I bled some this am and thought to put a bucket in the back seat but did not. I did have an uncomfortable pit-stop at walmart while I was driving today. I was desperate and worried about how far the parking might be and that is why I started this thread. I don't think i would ever get rid of my car though. It is a diesel and gets 50mpg. That is VERY important to me.

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 10/16/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Funguy, I have lost most of my sense of smell and taste (for example I cannot tell when food has gone bad).
I have had alot of orthro surgery, and anyone who can walk that far probably will not get it in my state.
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FunGuy
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   Posted 10/16/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Navy I am sorry. One of my favorite smells in the world is fresh ground coffee. Even as a little boy I remember reverently opening my Mom's can of Maxwell house and just luxuriating (spelling?) in that smell. Now I grind some beans and I smell something faintly, like a cross between acid and cigarette ashes. Can I ask why you have lost your sense of smell? i am thinking that I have some kind of sinusittus?  Guy

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 10/16/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
It all started about the time I got sick. I was throwing up so hard several times a day that it would go thru my nose in addition to my mouth.  Is your hair falling out in massive amounts?  Are you a rural carrier?


These are the requirements in my state:
1. Has a severe visual impairment;
2. Cannot walk one hundred (100) feet without stopping to rest (Violation KSA 8-1,130);
3. Cannot walk without the use of or assistance from, a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or
other assistive device;
4. Is restricted by lung disease to such an extent that the person's forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when
measured by spirometry, is less than one liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than sixty mm/hg on room air at rest;
5. Uses portable oxygen;
6. Has a cardiac condition to the extent that the person's functional limitations are classified in severity as Class III or Class IV
according to standards set by the American Heart Association;
7. Severely limited in their ability to walk at least 100 feet due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.


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Post Edited (MMMNAVY) : 10/16/2009 7:50:02 PM (GMT-6)


FunGuy
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   Posted 10/16/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a city carrier. My hair is pretty much OK for my age. I shave my head all summer though and try to grow a little "insulation" for the colder months. I have reflux but not as bad as you describe. Prilosec seems to control it well. I had a sinus infection and it just doesn't clear. Doc gave me steroid nose spray and I got thrush. Still can't smell right. Sometimes I feel like I have smell hallucinations for example I will ask my wife if something is burning and she has no clue what I'm talking about. I am hoping that the sinus is causing me to be short of breath at night and that when I lay down to sleep it drains and that is why I feel better in the morning?????? Could be so many things though.

I think your states regulations are unduly restrictive and violate the ADA. I think in fact they discriminate against us. I don't go to events because I am afraid to get stuck in traffic and be in agony etc etc etc At least with a permit I know that I can go into a metro area or even a suburban one and get quicker access to a bathroom. I feel strongly that someone in my shoes could appeal this to the DMV or even a letter to a gov't official to get this rule modified.  Guy

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 10/16/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I have be so surgerically rebuilt that I had no problem getting one.

Funny you should mention reflux, I have hear from both my ENT and GI that reflux could cause it.
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pimfram
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   Posted 10/16/2009 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Requirements vary by state. My mother had a hangtag because she has Degenerative Disc Disease, but she don't really meet my state's reqirements for getting a handicap parking certificate. All she had to do was talk with her doctor and fill out a form and mail it to the DMV. Sing a good tune and you're likely to get one.
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LMills
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   Posted 10/16/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I understand the 100 feet rule definitely, but wouldn't it technically count with Crohn's since you can't get that far sometimes without the painful abdominal cramping and D?
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FunGuy
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   Posted 10/16/2009 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
My thought exactly. I haven't made up my mind to do this. Just a thought i've had time to time. As said before when you are in pain like that..........

Post Edited (FunGuy) : 10/17/2009 9:29:50 AM (GMT-6)


LMills
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   Posted 10/16/2009 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, definitely speak with your doctor, and I'm sure you two will be able to work something out. Crohn's isn't exactly a cake walk, no pun intended ugh.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone, pentasa, omeprazole, and humira. Using probiotics and a multivitamin.
bonniegriffith.blogspot.com/
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aoccc
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   Posted 10/17/2009 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
If you can't make it in the wal-mart parking lot, you definitely should talk to you doctor because once you get inside the walmart it is just as big as the parking lot.
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LMills
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   Posted 10/17/2009 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
You know, it really is, and I had completely forgotten about the time I nearly DID have a 'problem' there because I was back in the groceries when I needed to be up front NOW.
Keep us updated on how things go for you.
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Currently taking: Prednisone, pentasa, omeprazole, and humira. Using probiotics and a multivitamin.
bonniegriffith.blogspot.com/
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   Posted 10/17/2009 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
funguy,i understand your needs perfectly.. i was a rural carrier before i retired. had the best customers in the world. luckily my route was only 4 blocks wide and 30 blocks long. with the main road having business at each end and the middle. i gpt pulled over once heading to the resatroom and told the cop my story and jokingly said i was doing "express" mail.. he let me go. both litteraly and figuratively. always asked about a porta potty in the llv , but boss said no. when i retired due to death, (well they got me back obviously) i recieved a parking placard that is good till 2011. . but mostly for being on TPN and cant get out of my own way. i would point you to my website , but it is currently down till i get it redone on another host. goingpostaly yours, randy
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FunGuy
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   Posted 10/17/2009 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad you're with us Randy. I find the oldest postal tub in the office and I line it with a garbage bag. Thanks for the well wishes and stories.

I've done some speeding on occasion to make it in time. Always wondered what the cop would do if I got caught.....glad your cop had good sense and a good heart.

Still not sure if I will go for a permit. I will ask my doc on Monday and decide. Have a good weekend everyone.
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