I’ve recently again got a blue badge, I had one in my mid 20’s and now I’m 38 and struggling again so applied and got one with just confirmation of my diagnosis and a bit of supporting info that I’d written.
But... I now feel embarrassed parking because I feel like people are looking at me because I am young ‘ish!’ with 2 small kids and not in a wheelchair which is what people expect.
I really wish there was a different symbol or something as yes clearly I can walk, mostly with a limp or a lot of pain but still can walk.
I’m pretty sure the other day I heard an old lady say to her elderly husband ‘ well I suppose it’s not only 90yr olds that have health issues’ as I guess he’d said something.
Today I parked in the disabled space nearest the trolley park in Sainsbury’s so that people couldn’t obviously see I was in a disabled space.
I do wear splints on both hands/wrists/thumbs and elbow that’s visible and a lower back support that’s not.
They don’t know that I take 22 tablets a day including slow release morphine twice daily with ocassional oral morphine top ups and that I go to bed at 7 pm and have to get my partner to turn me!over in bed as I go so stiff with my lower back I can’t move!
Don’t mean to rant but just wish it was viewed differently x