I went for a disability mobility assessment a week ago which really kicked my denial of having RA in the arse.
My sister has been down to see me from Scotland twice in the last few months during my worst times as I live alone, she also has an auto immune disease and is none to well herself. I hate that she feels that she had to do that and felt somehow responsible for me. She encouraged me to try for a blue badge for the car as I rarely go out now, it took some encouragement as I have always thought that they were only for people in wheelchairs and although sometimes now I have to use a walking stick there have been other times when I can manage to look normal when walking, albeit slowly.
I was completely honest with the assessor who was a lovely young lady who was an OT, incidentally she tried to encourage me to apply for PIP also and gave me a number to phone for OT input.... Neither of which I will be doing!
At the end of the assessment she told me that I needed a blue badge and that would be her recommendation.....I cried all the way home, I think I finally realised that this isn't going to go away which is what has been keeping me going. Somehow I thought that after doing all I've been told to do, taking all the meds I've been given, I would get better! Or at least not worse which is what seems to have happened.
Does anyone here have a badge? Do you always use it even on better days? I've read so much about people being confronted getting out and walking when parked in a disabled space or am I just over thinking things as usual.