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Handicapped Parking



  • As long as the handicap sticker, plate or tag is on a vehicle that's parked in a handicapped spot, it doesn't matter to me who gets out of that car or what they look/walk like.

    I'm old enough now to not care too much about what people think, but I guess there's still enough in there that I sometime exaggerate my gait when I use a handicap spot.

  • I hear you. I would want to look visibly like I need the tag too.

    Hey can you tell me something. I hear alot on the boards about needing a grabber, what is this for? Is this cause I cannot pull up my pants or because I cannot lift things? I just am not sure I know why I need it.
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  • Sparkledct, Your posts made me LOL. I did not get a handicap tag or sticker and wish I had one. I am having post surgical issues and when I have to walk far in grocery store, wal mart etc. it is very difficult. So, don't feel bad, use it when YOU need it and don't feel guilty.

    Btw, I fall down too, not necessarily because of my lower back..maybe in spite of it. Or the dog knocks me down, or I slipped in the snow. One fall was only 8 weeks after surgery. I did go to ER to get x-ray, I was afraid I had broken something. All was ok though. I also have a lil extra padding back there, so I am just more careful.

    Best wishes on your surgery, soon it will be over.

    Hang in there,
  • I have some padding back there too, if I could just convince myself to land on my darn bottom when I fall I would just bounce right back up but NO luck there. It is always on my legs or back. I figured my center of gravity (lol) would help me out but it never does. I know I have a bit of a road ahead of me so I did get my tag and will use it with my head held high when I need to... All the people who want to judge me can walk a mile in my (or anyone on the boards) shoes and see how they like it.. LOL
    Hope you are feeling well and your recovery is going well

  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    The grabber is 24-36 long with a grasping end. Helps to pick up dropped tissues, clothing, etc after surgery. I did not need one of these post cervical fusion but do use it a lot post lumbar fusion
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
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  • i have been reading along but staying quiet, as i am just now in the process of getting my gimp plates as my hubby calls them lol. i still am not sure how i myself feel about them - hence why i was staying quiet on this subject.

    but when i read melissa ask if she needed a grabber to help pull her pants up i lost it ! =)) i have used my grabber for many of things and never thought to use it for that job lol ;)

    melissa picture a huge pair of tongs that is what a grabber is. they are very helpful - thanks for the laugh.

    ps: here is a link to a google image of what a grabber looks like - but i have a nice sporty red one https://img.alibaba.com/photo/10052555/handicapped_supporter_and_pliers_grabber_reacher.jpg

    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Meliss, my grabber is pretty cool because it has little rubber suction cups on the bottom so they kind of wrap around something I grab like the remote control without scratching it. I use it to pick up stuff that Wally's torn up that ends up all over the floor, to pick up anything I drop and to reach things without stretching or twisting. Mine will even lock in the closed position, although I've never really needed to use that function.

    I think I'll keep using it even when I can bend over it's so darned handy. I have one downstairs and one upstairs so I have all the bases covered.

  • I have a permanent one because of my lumbar spine problems and nerve damage. I also use a cane all the time and my doctors consider me a fall risk. I'm in my thirties and I don't give a darn about people looking at me wondering why I use this. I have been so bold as to tap on the window of a car and ask them what the ... are you doing parking here? They had no placard, no tags and had the car running waiting for somebody. I had to park farther away from these idiots and I made my displeasure known loudly. I don't hesitate to turn someone in for unlawfully parking in the handicap spaces.
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
    Unless it's a really bad day. I would rather park in the (back 40) and get my walking exercise.
    Cathie, I like your brothers style! I might do worse than that! image:)" alt=">:)" height="20" />
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    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
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