After going through assessment for the second time..... I was awarded (?) a blue badge.
Instead of a local authority clerical officer, with no medical qualification, using a tick chart I was assessed by an Occupational Health person. She actually stopped me doing the walking test half way through, unlike the c.o. who looked at me askance when I asked for water as I collapsed into a chair. I have it, as you can see, for three years. Should see me out then.
So, its official. I am disabled. Hence the mixed feelings.
I used it for the first time today. I swept into the car park where I was to attend a meeting. Parked, displayed the card, got out the chariot and headed off for the disabled access, to be confronted by a white van. Parked not in any parking zone, indeed it was chevroned off, indicating no parking. And completely blocking the way to the ramp..
I had to ask someone to carry in the chariot, up the steps for able bodied, and breathe heavily after it.
Presumably the white van driver was also disabled. Mentally.