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Just received my blue badge.

Well this morning i received my blue badge. Time to become one of the inconsiderate so and sos that leaves their car abandoned where ever they like ( that was always my rant when i saw a car half on the pavement blocking everything up )

It feels funny being awarded a blue badge while still a serving soldier well until Dec anyway when im finally medically discharged .

Hope all are keeping well on here as its been a while since i last posted.

Just to update you my legs are worse than ever im not in a chair just yet still use sticks, ive been taken off my Tecfidera as the side effects were rotten so now im on nothing , im waiting to see my Doctor Oct 3 to see what he says .

Kind Regards

Iain x

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Hi Iain

Have you tried crutches instead of sticks? They’re more stable, plus they don’t hit the floor so easily! You could get some from an OT or physio, or buy some. There’s plenty of online places to get non NHS style crutches. I got mine from Cool Crutches, back when I could walk with them. But there’s others around.

Sue

Hi Iain,

Well done filling in the BB form and getting a badge.

Read the booklet carefully as you get other percs like free bridge crossings. No London congestion charge. If you get lower rate mobility you can get a railcard but maybe you get a forces one.

Remember, only use the badge if you’re getting out the car, don’t give BB users a bad name!

Hope it makes your life a little bit easier.

Jen

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Hi Iain,

That’s great news that you’ve got your Blue Badge.

I have applied for one as a non-driver and am waiting to find out if my application has been successful.

Twinkle Toes x

Well this morning i received my blue badge. Time to become one of the inconsiderate so and sos that leaves their car abandoned where ever they like ( that was always my rant when i saw a car half on the pavement blocking everything up )

I hope not lol. I hate it when vans do that half on path and half off, i just ring the number on the back and report them now. sick of being forced onto road. its just as bad for mums with pushchairs.

Having a blue badge is great if your in wheelchair and need to get it out as the space allows for it. to be honest when i was still walking i never bothered, now we have to use it for the space.

Sorry you have had to leave the forces with this disease. I am an ex forces brat lol, RAF and ARMY and convinced the cocktail of drugs i had going to hot unsanitary places was partly to blame for mine.

Is there another DMD you can try hun?

Oh and yes crutches are safer. I use a mobilty scooter now its a lot of fun lol. take care.

i know you were joking but the idea of a blue badge is you don’t NEED to park any old where and on the pavement. You get to access disabled parking spaces - if you can find em.

Good stuff Iain - it can be handy when looking a space - last Sunday ,mine was very useful at Ikea in Belfast - saved me trailing my MS legs for miles on a busy day.

Love my blue badge. Life changing!

Louise

Blue Badge Brille!

Especially when I use it in our Electric __YES ELECTRIC WAV (__probably only one in England) at present!

Hi Iain,

glad you got your blue badge but sorry your legs are worse and you need one! I had wondered where you were as we were diagnosed round about the same time as me so you stuck in my mind. I only pop in from time to time to time myself but I think you feel a sort of connection to those who were going through the process at the same time as you.

With regards to ESA have a look at the GOV.UK website. My understanding from having a quick read is that there are three types. One would form part of a universal credit claim and the other two are if you haven’t made enough NI contributions and if you have (which I assume you have) So I imagine you would be looking at contribution based. You would need to be assessed as to your capability to work (similar to PIP face to face I would imagine but looking more at your ability to work than your needs) As usual it is about as clear as mud but I don’t see that you have anything to lose by applying! If you are going to CAB they are usually able to assist you with form filling so utilise that if filling in the forms fills you with dread!

Good luck and nice to see you back x