Friday, July 17, 2009










This morning a doctor from the GGGD, the Government Health Council, came round to check that I am really disabled.

I applied for a disabled parking permit so that if anyone in a car visits they can park free of charge.

Handy for friends visiting from out of town and for volunteers and any other visitors.

As I could not get to the office, first because the appointment was too early and the mobility bus always collects an hour beforehand.

Then could not go to the GGGD office or anywhere else since last August and have been trying for a home visit without success.

About six weeks ago spoke to someone from the local District Council who called to see why I had not been down to the GGGD to be vetted.

I explained my situation and said that I understood that the doctor from the GGGD could do a house visit and that would be covered by the WMO, a national law for the care and treatment of the handicapped.

The Councillor had never heard of this and I assured her that this was information was made public by A.N.G.O the Dutch Handicapped Organisation.

I suggested she investigate the possibility and seems that I was correct as a very nice doctor from the GGGD came by this morning, a charming woman in a beautiful outfit.

We shook hands and she asked me a few questions and shook my hand again and departed saying I would be getting my parking permit very quickly indeed.

So excellent news really happy about that hope that means people from out of town will visit more frequently which is a happy prospect indeed.

In 15 minutes my friend Toos will be here to visit me which I am looking forward to very much and have just Skyped with Gareth in Wales.

It is a happy bustling sort of a Friday with the sound of frantic drilling over the other side of the nearby canal as the workers try to finish on time to clock off for the weekend.

Happy Friday everyone!

15 comments:

Richie said...

Happy weekend to you sweetheart!
Great work with the parking permit- well done!

Herrad said...

Hi Richie,
Thanks darling.
Love,
Herrad

JC said...

Glad to hear that something went right ... why does it take that kind of thing so long ... I have my disabled permit so I can park close up when I'm bad. The one good thing that came from one of my Dr's ...

Celeste Maia said...

Good news about the parking permit, Herrad. As usual I enjoyed your images very much. The blues and the water, how beautiful Amsterdam must be.

Nancy said...

I'm so happy that the doctor could come to your house! When my father-in-law passed away last March we had four old doctor bags to get rid of as he did house calls at one point in his career. That was some time ago, however.

Loved your pics. The canals there fascinate me.

Herrad said...

Hi JC,
It always amazes me how long hese things take.
We all have to be very patient, which can be extremely frustrating.

Hi Celeste Maia,
It is great news about the parking permit, hoping we get lots of visits frm friends from out of town.

Hi Nancy,
It was excellent that the GGGD doctor could visit today, feel we have had some sucess this week.

Hope you are all having a very good Friday.
Love,
Herrad

Denver Refashionista said...

Happy Friday to you. Have a nice visit with your friend.

Aviva said...

Yay! Good news indeed!

Vicki said...

What a good job you did. How sad you had to inform the health care officials of their own rules, but glad it worked.

That is sometimes required here, too, so maybe it's true everywhere. We need to be patient here, too, as we wait and wait and w. . . . But how great when it finally happens!

Hope you had a nice visit -- I believe you did. Just a feeling.

Herrad said...

Hi Nadja,
Thanks for your good wishes, it has been a very good Friday, hope for you too.

Hi Aviva,
The best news!

Hi Vicki,
I am real pleased I will finally get the permit, seems to have taken forever.
Had a great visit.

Thanks for coming by.
Have a good weekend.
Love,
Herrad

Rain said...

Hi Herrad! I'm so happy about the permit and about your being able to sit! Life has been busy for me here the last few days. Feeling tired, a bit fed up and eager to move away from Quebec! But at least it's warming up a wee bit so I can enjoy the summer. An unwelcome visitor is passing by each evening now, I can't see him, but I can smell him! SKUNK!!!!
:)))

Herrad said...

Hi Rain,

Glad to hear it is warming up for you and Spenser and Winston.
Hope things settle down for you this week.

Why is the skunk coming by every evening, is it because the weather is better?
Have a good Saturday.
Love,
Herrad

Joan said...

Hope you have a great visit with your friend. What a carry on you have had to get you permit hope it comes soon for you. take care love Joan.

Herrad said...

Hi Joan,

I had a great visit with Toos, she is a great woman and a lovely friend.

The permit could be here as quick as next week.

Have a good weekend.
Love,
Herrad

Rain said...

Hi Herrad! I think it's because of the weather, yeah. My landlady told me that her backyard was a skunk and raccoon highway, but up until recently, I thought she was exaggerating, lol...the "odour" tells me differently! I don't mind the wild animals, but man...that smell is incredible..have to close the windows for a while!