I went for my Blue Badge medical yesterday. I must say I am not very hopeful of being given one. The Physiotherapist doing the assesment said I was not the 'normal!!!!' applicant. They mainly deal with the 'lower body' where as I need help because of my neck, shoulders and arms. I desperately need to be able to park in the larger bays reserved rightly for disabled persons. I have Cervical Spondulosis, on going problems following Whiplash and Fibro is particularly distructive with my shoulders, elbows and I have carpal Tunnel in both wrists now! So it is very dificult for me to turn very far round when reversing my car in or out of parking places. Also getting in and out of the car when someone has parked so tight up against you, that you need to be a 'stickinsect' or proficient in Limbo dancing! to manouver out of the small gap left.
However, I have to say that the person assessing me, was lovely and asked every question she could to make my lower half seem as bad as the top! Even taking me for a stroll arround the grounds to asses my walking and noted on the 2nd lap that she thought I was grimacing in pain!
Where I live, Blue Badge holders have to pay normal parking charges, if they get no other disability benefit. Which I dont.But as I kept trying to impress upon the assessor, it is the wider bays I want/ need. Have to wait up to 2 weeks to see if I will be sucsessful. It will make such a difference to me as to where I can go as unless I know I can park in a place that will be easy to get in and out I won't go now. The shame of getting stuck in the B & Q carpark still haunts me!! Some kind little man helped me reverse out eventually! X