I saw my lovely GP this morning for a routine sort of check up (check in?) and whilst there asked if she would be willing to support an application for a blue badge. This is a scheme in Britain and Europe that allows those with eligible blue badges to park in designated areas (disabled bays) usually closest to facilities and attractions.
She was enthusiastically happy to support an application and apologised for not suggesting it herself earlier. So yes, my mother was right every time she nagged me about this over the last year.
Now all I have to do is download the forms from my local authority and (shudder) get some passport photos. I’m tempted to take my own photos and have them processed through an online company who do passport sized prints for these kind of things. At least then I can have photos done on the day I look the best even if I don’t feel the best – rather than trying to organise a trip to a photo booth in a train station or similar place and hope (optimistically) I don’t look like I’ve just climbed out of bed (which I probably would have done).
This means I can also have the passport photos I need to get the UK cinema pass/card that proves I am eligible for a “carer goes free” seat without having to produce my DLA documents or enter a discussion about what’s wrong with me.
Oh and also at the doctors this morning I finally managed to tell her about some (embarrassing) women’s problems. Firstly, having cramps around a week to 10 days before my period is almost certainly to do with ovulation and nothing to really worry about. It does happen at different times in life apparently and has a sweet German name mittelschmerz (meaning “middle pain”) for midcycle pain.
The second women’s thing is as yet unexplained and I’m booked next week with the nurse for tests. But the doc had a couple of ideas and wasn’t overly worried. So I am less anxious – these things having been worrying me on and off for ages. I’m so glad to have a GP who listens and actually talks to me like I’m a human person.
Finally we’re both happy with the medications so no changes there. She did offer again (“just to remind you of your options”) referrals to a CFS Specialist Clinic or alterntaively referrals to the Psychiatric Nursing Team for CBT and Physiotherapists for GET. No thanks!
She did say “Just reminding you amd myself what the options are when you are ready for it” which is slight change in usual language. She usually says ‘it’s up to you’, ‘no pressure’, ‘IF you wanted to’. But there was a mild ringing of alarm bells with the “when” rather than “if”. But she didn’t press me on it and didn’t say she thought I should or anything like that – so far so good then.
I wonder what GP’s say once you have done CBT and GET and it doesn’t make your illness better? Do they suggest you did it wrong, do they suggest there’s no more options or do they look for different/new treatments (ha ha). I can’t see I’m going to find that out for myself.
Anyway – overall a good docs visit with the lovely GP.