No one is going to think bad about you, and if they do then it's their problem because they really don't know how bad lupus really is. My mother actually made me get mine, I was 16 at the time and fought her tooth and nail but im glad she did because that little luxury has been a big help in my day to day life. When I first explained it to my friends they were a bit taken aback that I am considered disabled but soon it was just normal and I was always ended up being the driver because I had the better parking spots. Lol, after I finally accepted that I am disabled and I can't do it all that handi-cap spot has helped a lot, no one will say anything to you in the parking lot either. Well except the middle aged 400 pound women who think they are handicapped, I just tell them it's none of their business and go ahead and call the cops and tell me so I can watch you proven wrong.
wow u make it seem easier than i thought to get a handicapp placard. if u don't mind me asking which type of disability did you use to get the placard? cause i have a mental illness and now a medical illness lupus. im not trying to make a joke out of my disabilities but now i can finally get on one of those cool scooters in walmart. ive always wondered how fast those go. also do you know where i can get a automatic wheelchair just in case? i have medicaid and medicare
If you go online to the department of motor vehicles in your state, you should be able to print out the form. In Colorado they give the doctor 5 or 6 boxes to chose from, and it's relatively strict. I can't pull the form up for some reason, but I remember that using an assistive device (cane, crutches, walker) was one and illness or injury that prevents you from walking a certain distance was another. I don't know if mental illness was on there.
Originally Posted by trustme
You would have to get your doctor to write a letter of medical necessity for a power chair or scooter. If "just in case" means that you are thinking you might need one in the future, but don't need one now, you probably will be denied. Virtually all rheumatologists are careful about giving their patients wheelchairs because they want you to walk for as long as you possibly can. Lupus by itself doesn't usually put people into wheelchairs. Also, power chairs and scooters are hard to transport in a regular car or van. You need to add ramps or a lift or get a whole different vehicle. My daughter has a powerchair and it is a pain to load and unload.
You are a young, gorgeous young lady. Unfortunately it's a turn-off for a lot of young people to see someone their age in a powerchair or scooter. My advice, as a mom with a disabled 20 year old daughter, is to keep walking. It's a whole lot less complicated and it's easier to meet people your own age when they are looking at your face instead of your "chair."