Even if you can walk just fine once you get inside, if heat intolerance is part of your multiple sclerosis "package," consider getting "the tag." Some of you might have a list of reasons why you don't need a handicapped tag (for instance, even the name is awful, but "disabled parking placard" is not much better) or be resistant to getting one for fear of what others might think.
I must be an unusual case. I still remember the look on the neurologist's face after he showed me my MRI aglow with lesions and furrowed his brow, clasped his hands, lowered his voice, delivered the news that I had MS and said, "Julie, I am so sorry. What questions to you have for me?" I replied, "Only one - how do I get a handicapped tag?" I think he thought I was having a dissociative episode, but really, I had pretty much guessed where this was going in terms of an MS diagnosis. I had also felt like I was not going to make it across the parking lot to his office on the way to the appointment, as it was mid-July and over 100 degrees with very high humidity.
For any of you who are sensitive to the heat, a handicapped tag can be a lifesaver during the hot months. I urge you to get one "just in case" you need it, rather than limiting your activities or not feeling good enough to enjoy yourself once you get to your destination.
For those of you lucky dogs who are not sensitive to the heat and are taking time out of your summer fun to read this blog, let me urge you to get a tag to have in case of a relapse. You'll be really happy you did.
Read more to find out how to get your tag: Get a Handicapped Parking Placard