Hi family, i have just recieved my forms for applying for a blue badge after a year of dithering of whether to apply but the thing that sealed it was i was shopping at the supermarket and was parked in a normal space. I need the car door to be fully open so i can ease my painful body gently onto the seat. We have a picasso now as i find it extremely difficult and painful to get in a normal low car. Of course there isnt the room in a normal parking space and i was sandwiched between two cars. I waited in the cold for nearly 20 mins before the driver of the next car to return and pull out so i could open the door enough to get in.Also,as most of us do, i struggle to walk far and on a bad day its terrible. I was involved in a car crash a year ago (not my fault) and my right hip took the full impact of the other car and consultants and physios and my gp all agree that this has exaserpated the fibro massively., so i thought i would bite the bullet and apply.
I do not recieve any benefits for my problems as i am fortunate that my OH has a well paid job. I dont know if that will make a difference.
My questions are; It asks how far i can walk including any short breaks before i feel severe discomfort, and then...how many minutes would it ususally take to walk this far? im no good at distances!!! My mobility is rubbish but in a flare its really bad, i dont know what to put!
The next asks which of the following best describes my walking speed?
Normal or moderate (over 51 metres in a minute
Slow (between 40 and 50 metres in a minute
Very slow (less than 40 metres a minute
I dont know what to put. I do know that i cant walk far without extreme pain, I often bump into things and trip up as my balance isnt great. I walk slowly and have a limp when the pain is bad in my hip and i need a wide space to slowly get in and out of the car.
Your help would be much appreciated.... Charlii xx