parking placard trouble and confusion - need insight and ideas

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Statgeek
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   Posted 8/6/2010 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I e-mailed my dr.. I told her that my temporary placard would expire August 1, and asked if I could have a permanent one. I have had 4 or 5 temporary ones in a row. They last 6 months and I can not get more than 6 in a row.

I explained that, even though I am stronger now than when I was first diagnosed, there are still are times when I need it. Also that I work at a large university and the placard allows me to park on the ground floor of the parking structure. Without it I would need to use stairs. Some days at the end of the day, I cannot climb the stairs to my car. She said she would sign it.

It already takes me 7-10 minutes to walk to my office. There are a few disabled spots closer to my office, but 90+ percent of the time I park in the structure because walking helps me get stronger. When I picked up the papers from my doctor on Tuesday, she authorized a temporary one again. Because I did not want to go the dmv for hours for a temp plaque, I did not go get it. It is about my last one allowed anyway.

Instead, for 5 days, I have been trying to do without it and see what happens. My husband thinks this is foolish. He says there will be a day when I am in great pain and will not be able to get to my car. I also use it almost every time I go grocery shopping or to places where there is a lot of walking.

My theory is that if I can walk 10 minutes to my office with my cane, then I should not need a placard. But today I am flaring and feel awful. Fortunately there were a couple of spots on the ground floor.

Who said, "sometime I feel like an impostor." Why am I the only one who does not recognize my limitations? (ok, me and my primary care doctor, apparently). I feel like if my dr thinks I only deserve a temporary one, then . . . oh, I don't know. . .

I am probably going to send her another e-mail and ask.
Sue

MinnyMouse
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   Posted 8/6/2010 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
If you are walking with a cane and have issues with ambulation you are entitled to a perm. tag. I had the same thing happen to me. I went and got a new form, filled out everything except the signature, called the doctors nurse and explained the situation to her and asked if I could drop off the form so that all the Dr. had to do was sign it. Dropped it off and picked it up the next day. The doctors really do get confused and forget the conversations they have with us. None of the emails or phone calls make it into notes and then they forget. The nurse is always a good source for me.

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Statgeek
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   Posted 8/6/2010 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I e-mailed again and called and left a message for my doctor, tool. I would have used it today if I had it.

Sue

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   Posted 8/6/2010 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Sue,

I hope that you get a permanent card. Even if you didn't always use it, it is nice to have in case of a flare or something. You just might be too tired to walk a long distance. We never know how we are going to feel from one day to the next.

Take care, and have a good day.

Hugs, Karen
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TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/6/2010 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Sue, that is definitely frustrating. I think Minny's advice sounds like the way to go. This is so true: "None of the emails or phone calls make it into notes and then they forget. " So so true!

As for who said they feel like an impostor sometimes, that may have been me.

Here are some bits of wisdom I was reading earlier. Maybe you'll like these, too.

"Accept your flaws instead of beating yourself up for them. Ironically, it helps."

"Ask for help from others. Accept help from others. Allow help from others."

*hugs*
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Sherrine
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   Posted 8/6/2010 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Sue, you have dealt with this illness long enough to know you will have good times and absolutely wretched times.  You also know it doesn't go away.  You DO need a permanent placard.  I've had mine since I was 42 years old and am soooo thankful for it.  Mine lasts 6 years here in Florida before I have to renew it.  I can do that online and pay $1.50 for it and it's good for another 6 years.  They even mail it to me.  I don't have to go to my doctor anymore because it is permanent.  I did need it signed for when I moved to a different state though. 
 
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sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 8/6/2010 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sue, Im sorry you are having this problem and minnie is right it is better to talk to the nurses. I hope you get this all straightened out real soon.
Gentle Hugs
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RedDiane
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   Posted 8/6/2010 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Sue, I have a permanent placard, even though I usually use the regular parking spaces. But in the winter or if I am having a bad day, I do park in the handicap spot, if there's more than one. Diane
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mama6
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   Posted 8/6/2010 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
mad  Sue if the Dr. is going to sign off on 6 temp. ones all together then that is silly. You need a permanent one. My mother had the same issue, but as I believe minnie said the Dr.'s don't remember. That is what was happening to my mom. She decided, not to push the issue as well, and ended up worse for it. Get the form, fill it out, take it there and say i need the Dr. to sign this..be back in 30 minutes. Get yourself a cup of tea, go back and get your form. They have to take care of their patients. It is not fair to you!! Ok, vented my thoughts. Please do this for yourself, even if you don't need it all the time, you will need it.  nono don't be a hero, you'll only hurt yourself. Big Hugs!! Take care, Heather
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   Posted 8/6/2010 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sue,

Why dont you get a perm card and keep it in the glove box or your purse? Only use it when you really need to. Like you said, there are some days you need that shorter distance. Therefore, you dont feel as guilty for using the few spots. You have a valid reason to have one, or the doctor wouldn't sign it. You don't have to feel guilty. You in a way are like me, just too concious of others around us and want to help. It is also good for you to be as independent as possible, that is why I suggested what I did. You remain independent and only take the closer spot when needed. Don't feel bad taking the spot you are entitled to it.
 
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vestabula
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   Posted 8/7/2010 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Sue...my experience was just the opposite.  After falling on the ice in a parking lot twice in one week, I asked for a 6 month tag and when I went to pick it up at the police station, it was permanent.  I only use it when necessary...as a matter of fact, I haven't seen it in the car lately...wonder what I did with it, LOL!

Ever slip and fall on the handicap ramp going into your doctor's office in the icy winter?  Owie.

Huggies

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crazykitty
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   Posted 8/7/2010 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Sue, I'm hoping you can get a permanent card just to give you reassurance that it will
be there when you need it. It is good that you walk when you are able. Exercise is good
for us, but somedays our bodies don't always cooperate, that's when the card is handy.

Hugs, Robin
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Statgeek
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   Posted 8/7/2010 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I would have used the card yesterday if I had one.  So, I e-mailed the doctor, then called and left her a message with the secretary.  Her nurse called me back in 1/2 an hour and said the doctor would sign it for me.  So I retyped typed the paperwork and faxed it over.  It has to go to the paperwork office who give it to the doctor.  She signs and gives it back to them and they call me or send it to me.  I tried before to drop off directly with her and they would not let me do it that way.
 
So we will see when I pick it up if she has remembered to authorize a permanent one.  If not, I will contact my chiropractor.
 
Yesterday, I was bound and determined that this would be done.   I had to go the office supply store because the boss's secretary did not do her job and that meant making two round trips from my car to office and standing around the store.  I was miserable, but that just made me more insistent.
 
I will let you know what happens!
Sue

Statgeek
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   Posted 8/12/2010 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I got it!  After finally coming to my senses last Friday, I e-mailed and called my doctor.  She said she would sign the paperwork and I re-filled it out and faxed it to the business office.  They have to enter it into their system, give it to the doctor and get it signed, then give it back to me.  Tuesday, I dropped by the business office to ask the status of the paperwork and the person there gave me his direct phone number.  Without it, it would be impossible to reach a live person.   I talked to him a few times while he followed the paperwork and pushed it through.  Today I went and picked it up and got my placard at dmv. 
 
I was scared I wouldn't get it and scared I would.  But I am much relieved.  These last two weeks without one have caused some panic on flare days when I would arrive in a large parking lot and not know if there was a reasonable place to park. 
 
I took care of myself and am proud of that.  There is growth.  It is easier to take care of others. 
 
Sue  wink

crazykitty
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   Posted 8/12/2010 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Sue, I'm happy for you. Now there is no worry whether you can walk all the extra distance. I'm glad that you did take the time to take care of yourself, you should be
proud!!! Hoping you are feelimg alot better.

Hugs, Robin
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Sherrine
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   Posted 8/12/2010 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm really happy you did this.  It's wonderful when you are having a bad day and it also gives you some peace of mind, too.  Good for you! 
 
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