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Old 02-18-2013, 13:37   #21
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You shouldn't be driving at all after an eye exam like that and I wouldn't get behind the wheel if feeling dizzy either!

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My daughter was paralysed from her waist never walked in her life of 24 yrs that is disabled to me, she is and was a athlete for the Olympics and won medals. Her thoughts were disability is in the mind of some people . Her friends who would sit in a wheelchair and be waited upon .and not think of pulling themselves with their arms.
I acquired disability as can't walk now if in aided but it is not caused by diabetes, that is just an inconvenient illness acquired through trauma in my case. Many able bodied patients whom have eye problems have their pupils dilated for examination they are told not to drive etc.but they do not cover the required requisite medical needs for a blue badge and believe me its now a strict medical here also photo I'd is needed

 
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You know, here in the states (and my state particularly) you are fined pretty heavily if caught in a disabled parking spot without proper placard or plates. Even if it is just for a second, you get caught you get fined like upwards of $250.00. Now, I have also seen many people with placards who seem to be walking just fine and look just fine, but it is not for me to judge.

My Mom had a placard when she was alive, but my Mom walked with a cane for quite a while, and then was in a wheelchair. She was capable of walking (well, not at least a year before she passed) but she fell a lot and broke things. It was better for her to be in the wheelchair because she had difficulty with balance, and was not strong enough to catch herself when she fell, so it was like dead weight going down.

After my Mom passed, I caught my Father using her disabled placard. I told him he needed to turn it in because he did not need it. His thinking was it was still valid, so why not use it? My Dad is now 75 years old and still in very good health and pretty decent physical condition. If I caught him parking in a disabled spot I'd reem him a new one for sure! And trust me, I do not talk to my Dad like that EVER...but I would do it because it's wrong.

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If I had a wheelchair or scooter, I wouldnt care. As it happens, I don't. But I do have a disability parking permit. It has zero to do with diabetes, and everything to do with my COPD which makes it difficult to walk any distance at all. I don't *look* disabled, but by heck, I am. On days I feel well, I often park further away from where I need to be, to get the exercise. As time wears on, that happens on fewer and fewer occasions.

As for abuse of the system, it happens everywhere. Our traffic authority now gives photo-ID where it used to just be a card. I never see anyone checking it though and I guess the abusers have realised that its just for show. The other day, I saw a young man in his gym gear, get out of his car with the disabled card in the window, and run in to the shops to get some stuff. Disabled? perhaps... but not on that day, at least.


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If I had a wheelchair or scooter, I wouldnt care. As it happens, I don't. But I do have a disability parking permit. It has zero to do with diabetes, and everything to do with my COPD which makes it difficult to walk any distance at all. I don't *look* disabled, but by heck, I am. On days I feel well, I often park further away from where I need to be, to get the exercise. As time wears on, that happens on fewer and fewer occasions.

As for abuse of the system, it happens everywhere. Our traffic authority now gives photo-ID where it used to just be a card. I never see anyone checking it though and I guess the abusers have realised that its just for show. The other day, I saw a young man in his gym gear, get out of his car with the disabled card in the window, and run in to the shops to get some stuff. Disabled? perhaps... but not on that day, at least.
Copd loss of oxygen saturation is now classed as a disability as are other ailments that can have a serious
Impact when exerting yourself , eventually if you need to have , or carry a portable oxygen cylinder you need to be classified as disabled. There are lots of disabilities that are invisible to the naked eye . Also our traffic wardens do not issue the fines or rarely check your badge .

 
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