I know when I get out of my car, in the handicapped space, I always get That Look.... you know what I am talking about....I know they're thinking...."Oh, I bet she's handicapped!!" or "If she can drive she doesn't need that parking sticker thingy." and "She's too young to be handicapped." and my personal favorite...."She's using her grandmas car."
What they don't see is that when I am at home, standing at the sink, trying to do the dishes, that I have to stop and lean on the sink every 2 or 3 min. and that I can't do housework, sit for long periods of time, stand for long periods of time, get in and out of the tub on my own, go up the stairs without stopping, sleep through the night without agonizing, jump up out of bed (I have to roll and crawl), walk for more then a few feet without my back sending me spasm signals, or go ONE STINKIN DAY without pain....
What they DO SEE is me walking 20 feet from the car to the store, get a buggy, and have to lean on it the entire time I am trying to shop. I would never wish my pain on anyone....but, maybe for 10 minutes just so people would understand what I (we) go through. No, never mind....it wouldn't matter anyway.
Have a good day,
I hate Boats!!!!
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen