One year after my amputation, I’m officially disabled.

Between Christmas and New Year, I had a panel of specialists assess my degree of disability. I’d already had my application for a disabled parking permit turned down. A report from my surgeon saying, “I had to cut her leg off,” was insufficient; I needed that particular piece of paper. Well now I’ve got the magic document and I can apply again.

There’s more. This means I pay reduced sales tax on an adapted car. We haven’t got very far with that because it’s not much use until I get my prosthetic. As long as I need my husband to help me in and out of the car, he may as well drive. I’ve just been told that I don’t pay road tax for my adapted car either, which is very nice.

So another little hop towards putting my life back together.

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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