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~ChristieAnn67~
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   Posted 3/23/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Saw my GI on Friday...he finally convinced me to apply for a handicap parking card...I know it says right on the form that "ulcerative colitis" is considered a condition that qualifies you for it,,but I had a hard time doing it.    I feel funny about it for some reason.   I know there have definately been times that it would of really come in handy for reasons of joint aches and pains,  but mostly for those times I'm driving and need a bathroom ASAP!   I guess I can just use it for those times,  but I would feel so bad if some lil old fragile lady doesn't get the closer spot because I have it.    anyone else have a handicap card???  
                                          ~Christie
41 yo RN, happily married, with 2 beautiful daughters, Tianna(14 yo) and Alyssa(10 yo).   Diagnosed L sided Ulcerative Colitis in Jan '04 and Diabetes type 2 in June '05.
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Remicade infusions ~ 11/6/07, 12/6/07, 12/20/07, 2/14/08,  6-MP 100mg daily, Pentasa 500mg twice a day, prednisone 20mg 10mg 5mg daily, Nexium 40mg twice a day, Lantus insulin 45 35 25 20 units daily, Novolog 10 8 5 units with sliding scale at meals, Amaryl 2mg daily, multi-vitamin daily, Calcium daily, B complex vit daily,  and pro-biotics daily.


jujub
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   Posted 3/23/2008 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I have one, but it's for orthopedic problems. Some days are better than others for me. On the good days, I park in the regular spot, and only use the designated handicap spots when it's going to really hurt to walk farther.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 
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BigLucy
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   Posted 3/23/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had one for several years now. My supervisor at work suggested it to me when she saw me struggling on some days to make it to work on time, staff parking is four blocks away and our security makes it a point to ticket employees (used to have a shuttle, but budget cuts took care of that). Really worked out well when I returned to work after a hospitalization and 5 month medical leave after a major flare. My justification (not that I need one, but some people will not understand) is immediate bathroom needs, chronic fatigue, on-going pain, approx. three times a year I will spontaneously elliminate in my pants (with no prior warning) which is alway a fun time--hopefully my car is close so I can go home and clean up. I usually don't use the placard if it's the weekend, feeling pretty good and can take my time. I have a girlfriend who has multiple sclerosis and on the outside she is a really attractive woman who doesn't look as if anything is wrong. She has been confronted before by strangers while parking in handicap parking demanding to know what her disability is, she says it doesn't really bother her anymore, because no one can understand what her life and challenges are. I'm waiting for someone to confront me--I'll tell them, "I'm slowly losing my ability to control my bowels" not that it's anyone's business. Take care.
Dx Ulcerative Colitis 1999; IBS; GERD; CP: Asacol x3 x3/day, Rowasa, Proctofoam, Prilosec, Prozac, Endocet (as needed), multi vit, probiotic, fish oil, calcium 1200 mg./day, Prednisone (off/on, unfortunately).


jujub
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   Posted 3/23/2008 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had people ask me, also. I politely tell them my medical history is protected by Federal HIPPA laws.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 
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:)
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   Posted 3/23/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
ChristieAnn67 - I looked up the New York State's DMV form to apply for the permit and don't see UC listed on it. This is the one I viewed.

http://www.nysdmv.com/forms/mv6641-mv6643.pdf

could it be NYS doesn't include UC as a disability?

While I'm still unsure If I would apply for it, it sure would come in handy in emergency situations when seconds count in a huge mall parking lot:)
Dx: Dec. 2006 with UC
F, 23, NYC
Thank G-d - Prednisone then 6MP, Rowasa and Asacol brought remission
Now Asacol 4tabs 2x a day.
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~ChristieAnn67~
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   Posted 3/24/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Here's a copy of ours....http://www.odot.state.or.us/forms/dmv/265.pdf
 
You can talk to your GI doc...mine encouraged me to get one...he has to fill it out...
:) said...
ChristieAnn67 - I looked up the New York State's DMV form to apply for the permit and don't see UC listed on it. This is the one I viewed.

http://www.nysdmv.com/forms/mv6641-mv6643.pdf

could it be NYS doesn't include UC as a disability?

While I'm still unsure If I would apply for it, it sure would come in handy in emergency situations when seconds count in a huge mall parking lot:)


                                          ~Christie
41 yo RN, happily married, with 2 beautiful daughters, Tianna(14 yo) and Alyssa(10 yo).   Diagnosed L sided Ulcerative Colitis in Jan '04 and Diabetes type 2 in June '05.
                                         Medications
Remicade infusions ~ 11/6/07, 12/6/07, 12/20/07, 2/14/08,  6-MP 100mg daily, Pentasa 500mg twice a day, prednisone 20mg 10mg 5mg daily, Nexium 40mg twice a day, Lantus insulin 45 35 25 20 units daily, Novolog 10 8 5 units with sliding scale at meals, Amaryl 2mg daily, multi-vitamin daily, Calcium daily, B complex vit daily,  and pro-biotics daily.


:)
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   Posted 3/25/2008 12:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Christie..
Dx: Dec. 2006 with UC
F, 23, NYC
Thank G-d - Prednisone then 6MP, Rowasa and Asacol brought remission
Now Asacol 4tabs 2x a day.
Muiltivitamin, Iron and Folic Acid supplements


dakotagirl
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   Posted 3/25/2008 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I think having one would ease a lot of fears that I have about not being able to get into the store (bathroom) fast enough. As others have stated, I wouldn't use it if I was feeling good. When I'm feeling good, and it's a nice day, I'll purposely park farther away.

The urgency and fatigue are big deals. The other day I had to go into the pharmacy to pick up my Es and I was SO tired that I parked in the "parents with children" parking spot. I really didn't care what anyone thought. I knew I wasn't going to be long and if someone asked, I was in such a mood that a "bloody D" line would have come out of my mouth.

I'm very glad to hear that your GI was the instigator! Bravo for him for standing up for his patients.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia diagnosed Feb 2006
 
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mbx5
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   Posted 3/25/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Good topic.... I would bet most of us would notice that as we get closer to our destinations, the urge gets worse! Parking closer would sure help.
33 yr old male. UC for 14 years. 5mg pred (tapering off), 12 pills Asacol per day, Dicyclomine (for cramps), 0.5 - 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety), Fish oil pills, Culturelle probiotics. Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (And I am still more afraid of my UC!!)

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