Dialysis is hard, difficult and boring, and you often feel ill and exhausted. But not everything needs to be dire and gloomy! After the initial horrors of dialysis (eight weeks of wearing a catheter on my neck, because the fistula on my hand hadn’t developed enough to be used for dialysis. Luckily, I had long and thick hair, so I hid my catheter behind it, like Alice in Wonderland) I immediately sprang into action!

How to make life easier for yourself on dialysis:

First I went to the Pension and disability insurance fund, to file a request for the ascertainment of the degree of physical disability. After a commission, where it is regulated by ordinance that persons on dialysis have 100% physical disability, you receive the degree of physical disability, on the basis of which you can apply for:

– Exemption from VAT when purchasing a car, about which I will be writing in detail in another blog post. 

– A car sticker for people with disabilities which is worth its weight in gold in an overpopulated city, allowing you to park in any “blue badge” parking space, as well as (only in Novi Sad however) your very own parking space-for free!

– The possibility of a special “blue badge” parking space in front of your place of residence. This, naturally, isn’t just for you, but for any person with a disability. The people working at the Parking Service are very attentive, seeing as the procedure of getting my parking spot instated, from the filing a request at the City Hall to the installation and marking of the “blue badge” space, took only three months! They even called me to ask which of the three locations that were available was most suitable.

– you don’t have to pay for registration with this confirmation.

– A significant reduction of your monthly cable bill, with the paperwork required by your cable provider, depending on your contract. 

– you can also pay less for electricity. 

Anyway, have some fun with these things and make your life easier. All of these visits are time-consuming, but provide you with a sense of purpose in return. I know this is all unimportant when compared to dialysis and the plethora of problems we face on a day to day basis, but let’s put our rose-tinted glasses on for a bit…     

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