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Appreciation for Reserved Parking Permit

Appreciation for Reserved Parking Permit

There are just tons of kudos I want to give to my handicap reserved parking decal. When you are suffering from psoriatic arthritis, this can be a lifesaver. Psoriatic arthritis is a very painful disease. There have been numerous days where I couldn’t walk one block. My body would ache just walking getting out of the car. I couldn’t imagine walking more than one block.

Before I got the handicap decal, there were no parking spaces close by. I parked my car, and I had to walk a long distance. It was before I got my proper diagnosis for my disease. It only took twenty-five years. I literally felt like I would collapse before I made it back to my car. My legs were hurting really bad; the pain was unbearable. I remember saying to myself, “Never again. I can’t park this far away.”

The day my world changed

Getting a handicapped parking sticker changed my world. You would have thought I would have used it as soon as I got it. I didn’t. I did feel liberated. If you don’t realize what’s it’s like to have psoriatic arthritis, please let me share. I tell people all the time. There are days when you have to drive out whether you feel like it or not. You may have to pick up your medicine or go to the doctor. No matter what it is, when you don’t have a close parking spot, it will wreak havoc on your joints, muscles, and entire body.

Walking in my shoes

You will not understand what I am going through unless you walk a mile in my shoes. Before I was brave enough to use my sticker, I felt people would judge me. I was too scared to see people looking or staring at me. I would be scared to walk back to my car fearing I would have a note on my car. The one thing I don’t do is judge. Just because you don’t look sick, doesn’t mean you aren’t. I just want to scream I have an invisible illness. It is a very debilitating and crippling disease.

It’s more than an ache. Your body can be so deformed, out of whack with psoriatic arthritis. Your knees, legs, feet, hands, shoulders, arms are affected. Sometimes we have flares and it’s not a pretty sight. I know that I’m glad for the handicap stickers. There are so many of us in wheelchairs, walking with walkers or walking sticks. Psoriatic arthritis is more than an ache, it is a life-altering autoimmune disease that shows up in every area of our body.

I got a cold and have been laid up for three weeks. I actually felt like I was having a heart attack one day and went to the doctor. When we get the cold or flu, it really messes us up. We have to be careful with infections. We do not get ordinary aches. Ours comes with swelling, headaches, pain, and loss of mobility.

SO grateful for my parking sticker

I’m grateful for a reserved parking sticker. I can’t imagine my life without it right now. Do people realize we would give anything to be healthy and run across the parking lot? You can keep your sticker!!

Why do people give us so much abuse? You humiliate us with your stares, leaving us notes, putting us on social media and sometimes T.V. After all, we are parking in a space that was approved by both medical and government. I got my sticker fair and square and don’t feel I have to justify my illness to anyone. What it truly comes down to is whether or not you believe disabled people have a right to exist in this world if you can’t see our disability.

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Comments

  • Diane T author
    1 year ago

    Thank you for the great information!!!

  • kimberlycrooks
    1 year ago

    janhiggins, Diane T is absolutely correct!! Your doctor should have a form in his/her office for you to fill out. When you are finished filling out your portion of the page, give it back to your doctor for him/her to finish. Your doctor will put your diagnosis and the code where it belongs and will hand it back to you to send to the State/DMV for approval. Make sure you keep a copy of this form for yourself just in case your doc didn’t put the correct medical coding on that sheet of paper. Always keep a copy of anything you send in. Sometimes mistakes happen. Once you send it in, you should receive your placard or sticker within a few weeks. Trying to apply for your placard yourself will be torture on you. The State will ignore your request because your doctor has not provided the necessary diagnosis and coding, even though you have provided all your medical records to the proper place. It amazes me how someone in an office, who has never met you, can tell you how disabled you are! Are the people who approve or disapprove your application even doctors???? More than likely not, which is why the your doctor must give a diagnosis and a medical code for you to receive your placard. Once they have the “code”, you will more than likely be approved immediately for your placard. Me…I have my good days and my bad days. I usually have some level of pain, but sometimes there are days I do not need the placard and will use that opportunity to get in a little exercise and walk a little further. But, then there are days where I can barely walk, let alone stand, but it is necessary for me to go out, such as going to the store for food, etc. Don’t give up. This is your right!! Make sure you obtain the proper form from either your doctor’s office or your DMV and also make sure your doctor puts the proper code on the form for your placard. Best of luck to you! Keep us posted!!

  • Claudiajortiz
    1 year ago

    I loved reading your post! Perfect time because I’m having issues at work using my placard closest to my building than further away in the employee area.

  • LornaS
    1 year ago

    Thank you for writing. I too appreciate my handicapped plate. Times I arrive at the grocery not too bad, but by the time I am finished I can barely walk. This affords me the ability to be somewhat more independent.

  • bubu
    1 year ago

    I would like to have for the times it seems unbearable! Living in a dominate geriatric area I would have to be very careful. Hope to obtain one…. one day!

  • janhiggins
    1 year ago

    I tried to get a parking sticker. There are days that I can’t walk, but still have to. No one ever examined me but I sent in all of my records, along with pictures of my swollen knees and hands and feet and was told I wasn’t disabled enough, even with my doctor’s diagnosis and all of my tests. lol. So, until I’m in a wheelchair, I guess, I won’t be needing a parking sticker.

  • Diane T author
    1 year ago

    Your doctor should be able to give you a form to take to your DMV. You might need to get a form from the DMV and take to your doctor to complete. The process is not that hard. How can someone tell you how disable you are? I have my good days and my bad days. There are days I have no pain and don’t need the sticker, but than there are days where it’s hard for me to stand. Do not give up. This is your right. Keep me posted, Diane

  • lydiamene
    1 year ago

    I have my permit also, it has saved my life!! Yeah you get stares but I ignore them. They don’t know my life, they don’t pay my bills, they don’t get to kiss my grandbabies like I do. You have to take care of yourself and your body for you and yours all the ways possible. All of you that have trouble walking go to the Dr. And get approval for one it will change your world. Believe me.

  • Diane T author
    1 year ago

    I’m with you. You can stare all you want. I do have a invisible disease, but I don’t have to explain anything to anyone. You are right, we have to take care of ourselves. People don’t have to live your life. Tell them to get over it!!!!

  • aWildandFlakyGuy
    1 year ago

    I must agree Diane. Its good to know that when you need to park there you can. On a nice sunny summer day i may not need the closer spot and will leave it open for someone who may not feel as well as i do that day.Thank you!

  • Diane T author
    1 year ago

    You are so right. I don’t need it everyday, but when I do need it; I’m very thankful. It’s just good to know in the back of your head that you can park in the front if you need too!!! Diane

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