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    Blue badge – black humour

    Sometimes online software doesn’t chime with real life.

    I recently tried to renew my blue badge, which I’ve had for about eleven months. I go to the website and fill in all the tedious personal details. Then I have to choose the criterion under which I’m applying. Easy, I thought, and clicked on ‘Terminal illness’.

    It immediately popped up a message saying: We only issue one twelve month badge to people with this condition. If you wish to renew, you must make a full application.

    The grim logic wasn’t lost on me, but I couldn’t find the box where I could apologise for living longer than their system permitted!

    In the end, I passed the problem over to my specialist palliative care nurse at the local hospice who, miracle worker that she is, got me the badge in three days!

    People v. computers, eh!

    Doug

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    Forum Member Ellie's Avatar
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    Classic case of the computer says NO !!

    We can only renew by post and even renewals must be verified by both a doctor and the police.

    Love Ellie.
    ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Limb Onset.

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    Thanks Ellie.

    Yes, exactly. Actually it did make me smile.

    Gosh! That's a tough process for renewals

    Hugs

    Doug

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    Yeah, suppose it cuts down on fraudulent applications maybe??
    ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Limb Onset.

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    This really made me smile.... must be my sense of humour!

    When I applied for a blue badge I had to go for an interview. They asked me to walk down a corridor. When I said I couldn't really get up, never mind walk, they said "Oh well just do your best!"

    If we didn't laugh ...

    Love Debbie x

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    On a recent visit to A and E, I was 'dealt with' by the triage nurse (whilst sitting in a wheelchair).
    I asked for a transfer board to get to the bed.
    She said "Oh, can't you walk?"
    When I laughed and said no, she replied "What, not even a few steps?"

    Then she approached my sister and asked her quietly "What is MND?"
    I thought my sister was about to deck her...!!

    Marigold

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    I renewed by computer and emails but I think my wife paid over the phone.

    I think our local area gives an email out as an option, you can also do most of it over the phone.

    It's so annoying to fail at doing something so easy because of others Doug. I try and do what I can and not bother my wife but so often now days I fail.

    I transferred our electric to Scottish power around April time. They put down the wrong starting amount, missing out a digit, I could not put meter readings in because my account didn't work and after the third time that they asked I went to the live text thingy, probably in India. I explained and she said that she could do it. She put in the wrong amount and two weeks later we owed over a £1000.

    I emailed complaints as it was am option but the automatic return said that they could take 5 days.

    Over 2 weeks later I sent another email complaining and they did reply a few days later. Mean while our direct debit went from £43 to £136 and then to £332.

    In my email I said don't take the increase money out but they did.

    Still no information on my account two weeks ago.

    I have sent 5 email to them and get a different person replying that has not read the email properly let alone any previous ones.

    As it's go on for over 8 weeks I have emailed the ombudsman.

    My wife will have too sort this mess out now. It's a disgrace and even more work for her.

    Not much humour, sorry but I thought it relevant.

    Love Terry

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    I had a similar experience when I went for a CAT Scan. I was told that I couldn't take my walker into the room where the scanner was so leave it 'here' and walk the few yards in. She must have seen the look on my face and said can you not even walk a few yards. I obviously said 'no I can' t. I have MND. '
    Do they think that we use our walkers or wheelchairs for the fun of it? The NHS needs to educate all of their patient facing staff.

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    My humorous episode with a blue badge was when I was asked to show my blue badge to get into a safari park - me sitting in a power wheelchair apparently doesn't count. Had to laugh.

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