A viewer wrote on the KidneyBuzz.com Facebook Fan Page, "My Primary Physician refused to sign my Handicapped Parking permit application. I have both Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes! Has this happened to anyone else? How many here have got one of these permits?"
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The specific criteria regarding who qualifies for disabled parking is often straight forward and includes: Lung disease, substantially impaired mobility (use of a wheelchair, brace, or cane), a disease that significantly limits your ability walk or to use your legs, documented vision problems (including low-vision or partial sightedness), and loss or limited use of leg(s) or hand(s). However, Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients should be aware that other conditions also may apply such as chronic illness. According to WebMD, Heart Disease and Arthritis which are common among those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes, may be specific complications that may deem a patient Handicap Parking eligible in many states.
Handicapped Parking is not simply a fringe benefit of having Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes - it's a necessity for those patients living with pain and low energy levels. Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics should not underestimate the benefit of closer parking and how much energy it saves - allowing them to run errands, shop, go to doctors' appointments, travel, or participate in other activities without completely wearing themselves down.
Although in some states one just has to show up to their Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) with a visible physical disability such as an amputated leg, and they will be granted a parking permit; it may be a bit more difficult for those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes who likely suffer from "invisible disabilities" (disabilities that do not show outwardly). Hence, while Chronic Kidney Disease or Diabetes alone may not qualify for a Handicapped Permit, the complications associated with these diseases such as joint pain, Arthritis, feeling faint after Dialysis, Bone and Heart Disease maybe sufficient for patients to meet the necessary criteria.
Don't wait for your doctor to bring it up! If you have a disabling condition and you believe that a handicapped parking permit will improve the quality of your life then talk to your Primary Physician who should sign the necessary approval without hesitation. However, if your primary doctor is not convinced that you are disabled enough to require a permit and refuses to sign your DMV approval, consider getting a second opinion by asking your Specialist such as Nephrologist.
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"Handicap Parking Permits: Who Is Eligible and How to Get a Handicapped Parking Permit." Http://www.webmd.com. WebMD.
"How You Can Apply for a Handicapped Parking Permit."Http://arthritis.about.com. About Health.
"Driver License Laws By State." Http://www.diabetes.org. American Diabetes Association.