Are we disabled?

United States
January 4, 2007 9:42am CST
I am in my third trimester of pregnancy and recently came of crutches for a fractured heal bone. I waddle with a limp more or less and it is very difficult to walk very far. I already am limited to stores that have electric carts. It is very frustrating to me when I drive around the parking lot for 20 to30 minutes trying to find a space that isn't half a mile from the store. I inquired with the dept. that handles handicap parking and they say I don't qualify. That man has obviosly neve experienced the discomfort and swelling of ninth month pregnancy but it's obvious to me that I should qualify for a temporary handicap parking permit. The injury to my foot alone is uncomfortable but added to the pregnancy there are times when I just barely make it. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
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5 responses
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
4 Jan 07
Go to DMV and request a handicap placard application. Take the application to your OB and/or your MD handling your injured heal, have the doctor fill out the form, return the form to DMV, receive your temporary placard. That's how it's done. The DMV doesn't say you are qualified, the DOCTOR does. I know. I have a permenant disabled placard.
@GardenGerty (105287)
• United States
5 Jan 07
You are providing really good and useful advice. I hope she checks her responses.
• Canada
5 Jan 07
The stores in your area need parking spots specifically for pregnant women, or parents with new-born's.
• United States
5 Jan 07
I agree with talking to your OB about getting a form for your heel problem. I just gave birth on 12/11 and as tired and miserable I was, the doctors told me to keep walking. Even after I started labor they had me walking the halls of the hospital to progress dialation and effacement. Good luck with your birth and congratulations!
@conniej14 (248)
• United States
4 Jan 07
I think some women can be classified as disabled while pregnant. Everyone is different and pregnancy affects us all differently. With my first child I had to stop working at seven months but with my second child I worked up until the day she was born. I suggest taking it easy because you are going to need all your strength very soon and your foot will heal faster if you give it a rest. The department that gives out permits are only there to get money, they don't care about your problems.
@noachide (162)
• India
4 Jan 07
what can i say? But I am realy sorry to know your state. People can be so unfeeling, and unkind. why dont you take the help of your any close friends or relatives. If you are alone, no one shows sympathy. Hope you will be good.