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greyhounds mom
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   Posted 11/8/2009 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a question. Do we qualify for a handicap plate?  I have alot of trouble especially in the winter months. The pain in my legs can get really bad in the cold weather. I don't look forward to do grocery shopping at all anymore. How would I go about this? Any suggestions you have I will follow through.  Thanks greyhounds mom rolleyes
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   Posted 11/8/2009 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
greyhounds.mom this is not an easy question...I would say that you could ask your doctor and go from there..
I asked my doctor for a handicapped plaquered a couple of years ago and would park in handicapped spaces
and the looks I would get from people, mind you I do use a cane. The looks from people made me expire and
not to renew my plaquered. It was aweful and I do use a cane, so until my pain gets bad enough where I can't walk at all
I don't think I'll ever get another plaquered, people are rude enough as it is, So I would say look into it and talk it
over with your doctor and think long and hard about it, maybe the people where your at would be kinder...I
also, never ever took the spots for the vans...
Good Luck to you and I hope you can get a low pain day...hugz

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   Posted 11/8/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
From what I've read here the answer is yes we do qualify if your doctor will approve it. But others I'm sure would have the definitive answer.

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   Posted 11/8/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   

I got mine for fibro...the doctor checked 'permanent neurologica/arthritic condition' in the box.  Then I took the paperwork to the police station and they gave me one.


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium

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   Posted 11/8/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I got mine for fibro and back problems. I think the combination made the decision easy for my doc. Like Donna said, it's really easy and they can not charge you for anything unless you want any 'extras. Your doctor will have the paperwork, he/she fills out their portion, then you take it home, fill out your portion which is basically name, address, phone. Then take it to whomever issues license plates in your state and they hand you your placards. If you want license plates it does cost a few bucks but that's for the special work it takes to make them.

Mine is permanent and I use the placards. That way no matter who I ride with I can just take one of mine and I'm good to go. Just make sure you read the rules on the usage of them first. No sense getting stung for a ticket on a technicality.

And as for strange and dirty looks, Tell them to take a picture, it lasts longer!...lol I don't give one flip about any looks at all. But if you are someone who is uncomfortable with it and have a personality a bit more bold than mine, then go ask them how THEY would like to live with severe pain 24/7 and then have a couple of old blue-hair hags like them give you nasty looks. Then flash then a huge smile and give them a business card to Weight Watchers. Sorry, I have no patients for judgmental, overly nosy and rude people. My life is none of their business and I certainly don't want to know about theirs. eeewwwww, yuck! The person staring back at them every morning in their mirror is one miserable excuse for a human being.

OK, Chutzie calming down here...lol
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   Posted 11/9/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Omgoodness. I have wondered about this myself but figured that people would ridicule me because I'm 27. I actually thought you had to be on disability to get a plate/plackard.
If I did have it I wouldn't use it on the good days.

I'm going to ask my dr about that this month. The winter/holiday months r the hardest for me. Bc of lack of parking & cold weather.

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   Posted 11/9/2009 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I have one.  I walk very well.  While I do use a cane, I don't always use one.  I have only had one incident.  Some guy said," You don't look very handicapped to me."  I said,"Oh well that's interesting, you don't look like a jerk and yet it is clear you are!"  I kept right on walking. 
I can walk for miles!!!  I just can't look up while doing it.  I have chronic vertigo and balance issues.  I can miss things like cars backing out of parking places because I have to look at the ground about 8 to 10 feet in front of me while I walk.  I make no excuses for my appearances (I look healthy and able).  I am ready and willing to educate anyone who asks about MS and the issues I live with.  You want my placard?  Take my brain lesions. 
I have earned that placard.  I use it without shame.  On a good day, or when there is any other place that is convenient, then I leave that blue parking place for someone else.
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
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   Posted 11/9/2009 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   

Awesome comeback and just what that 'jerk' deserved. I'd happily give away my placard to anyone willing to take my pain. If they cop an attitude then they can take their chances that my cane won't wrap too tightly around their scrawny neck!...lol

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   Posted 11/9/2009 11:30 PM (GMT -7)   
It is interesting that no one gives me trouble for my cane. They let me sit down, move out of the way, open doors and let me take short cuts. I only use my tag when I need it. Like others, if there is a close space that is convenient, then I will park there.

I don't look handicapped either (at least not all of the time). Sometimes I look so worn out, it is obvious. Other times, it is not. I do not use the cane all the time either.

It is nice to hear like minded people express their opinions.
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