I've got my Blue Badge! It came in the post yesterday after waiting nearly three months since first applying. I am SO pleased!
During the better weather I began to kid myself I could manage without it, then had to go out in the cold a couple of nights ago and coughed all the way to the car, stopping and starting and nearly having the kind of accident no lady wants to have! At that point, I decided that if I was turned down I would go to appeal. Only when the badge arrived did I realise it was already in the post the day before I made that decision. Isn't that weird?
All I have to do now is work out where I can and can't use it. I don't imagine that will be too much of a problem.
For anyone who is interested, I made my application then had to go in person for an assessment about 6 weeks later. The person I saw was extremely pleasant and easy to talk to. She had clearly read my application thoroughly and we talked through my conditions and general wellbeing (or not). I had to do a short walk which I thought I did rather too well, so I was preparing myself to be turned down on the grounds of being able to walk (although I did have to stop and use my ventolin). I explained that I was at the 'top of my game' having recently recovered from my latest regular chest infection and this must have been taken into account.
I am delighted that I will now be able to access things that I've not been able to get to. The effort of walking from the car park is often as much as I can manage and then I have no puff left to do the thing we've gone for.
I'm sure many others can identify with this.