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PIP part 2 The result

PIP part 2 The result

i received two letters today from our charming post person,he/she loves to fold them almost in origami fashion and occasionally tear of the corners before thrusting them through my door like a person possessed,my letter box gets some fair abuse from these people.

The first was from the Academy of performing arts congratulating me on my performance as a breathless 'Quasimodo' whilst performing for 'Esmeralda' from the dept of work and pensions during my recent assessment. They do not award Oscars for non equity acting members but as compensation the second letter advised that i have been awarded the enhanced rate of daily living allowance due to my inability amongst other things to wash myself properly or visit the bathroom without difficulty and also the enhanced rate of mobility allowance given that i am dependant on state sponsored oxygen to traverse the planet. I am delighted and somewhat richer by far so i will settle for not having a golden statue.

Scruffy shall dine on lobster bisque and i shall enjoy the fruits of my labour in some other manner equally frivolous. i should in theory now be able to swap this mobility allowance for new wheels,maintained and taxed and insured by the state so this is better than Chelsea winning the premiership title(almost).

Throughout the entire process i have tried to be honest and although i made fun about the assessment i feel that the assessor,on this occasion has been very fair and i only wish that others had received the same standard of service and been so fortunate.

Hoping all is well with my dear dodgy lung site friends.

Ski's and a cat with a new motor(soon)xxx

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Ah Skis why would they ever doubt you?? Of course you got a fair result, and I'm so pleased you did, as it will make a big difference and was much needed. Now...where will you be dining tonight...the Ritz? 😂 I'll share the lobster with you...💞 xx

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Well my little diminutive friend,as we are both quite tiny and down to earth people we shall just have the menu del dia at the local restaurant,that happens to be in Barcelona so pack yours and the munchkins bags and i will pick you all up on the way to the airport....Ski's and a cat with a passport xx

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Por Favor Puedo passar Barcelona contigo y Anne tambien, me agusta Langostino mucho.

Great News Skis Y Scruffita, I also received the Enhanced Mobility, stayed with the Standard Living one. Travel well Amigo , hasta luego . Abrazos y Besos a ti y Scruffita. xxxx

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MI querida amiga obtuve el 'pip' que no gané la lotería,this plane will be full but the more the merrier,yes sea food specials all round though i can't afford your taxi further south.well done on your pip award,you have hubby to help with the scrub up otherwise you would have got the full package lol :) besos tambien xx

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¡Claro que vengas tambien! Lo pasaremos muy bien 😊 xxx

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I'm packing as we speak 😂 xxx

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Congratulations ski! Very pleased for you! 😁

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Thank you for your kind words Annie :) x

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Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! I knew Scruff would pull it off for you. Buy yourself a little camper van, Grasshopper, and the world will be our lobster. 🚐😀

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Indeed Master Po, a caravan with our travelling companions,i am sure they will get on like a house on fire.Thank you as i browse the catalogue.x:)

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well done

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Thank you jimmy,a long wait for the result but a small success on our rocky road.:)

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Good outcome. :)

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Thank you mrsmummy,i hope others are as fortunate as me. :)

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It’s great to hear when PIP has worked out for someone!! Enjoy!!

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Thank you for the kind words Leesea :) x

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That's great Ski's and well done. Didn't you get extra for your assistance cat? Or didn't scruffy want to help any more? :D Bev xx

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Scruffy is not daft,she gets upgraded from Felix doubly delicious to Gourmet chefs collection in gravy,she knows what side her tuna is buttered on.thanks Lil :) xx

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Good news📻

Very funny picture 😃

Glad ⛷ and 🐾 are getting mobile in this day and age..Are you going to have a 🚀so you can whizz up and down the Manchester streets??

Congratulations my dear friend 💷🍻

Fran x

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Thank you my happy friend Fran,i can't compete with your little pictures but my rocket is to get me out of Manchester with luck maybe a trip to Switzerland is in the offing and Scruffy and Aria can be best of friends too :) xx

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⛷🐈🐾💷🚀⛰🇨🇭

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brilliant :)

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Yeah skis and Scruffy cat (have to mention her). Go and celebrate and wishing you well with the new set of wheels.

Mmmm better than Chelsea winning the title? Ok, I’ll let you have that one. Xxxx 🤔👍😘

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Carole,thank you,i would have liked both but Chelsea will have to settle for the standard payment whilst they languish in the Uefa cup.hoping you and Pete are doing well. xx:)...Ski's and the lucky cat

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Thanks for asking after us skis and we are doing fine at the moment, better than Chelsea anyway and yes they are my favourite football team.

Take care xxx ❤️😘

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👏👏👏👏👏 very good news indeed. Now you and Scruffs can hit the town in style!

I'm happy to add, my sons assessor was also a decent human being so his allowances remain the same.

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Excellent Magpuss,i am really pleased for you,you are such a caring and loving mother you need every little break that comes your way. :) xx

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Great news have fun shopping for the new wheels

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Thank you Thomac,i'm sure i will i have never had a new car :)

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We'll done, with minimal fuss. You can now afford to buy shares in me myself and then I can go on an extended holiday too, hang gliding and bunjee jumping here I come.

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Done the hang gliding mate,crashed a few gliders already.flying is easy its dragging the thing up a hill that is hard work,bunjee i haven't done yet,would you dangle of a bridge with somebody else's braces on?might invest in your shares though,cheap labour force that works all hours with no lungs,a bargain i would say and a good investment ,lol :)

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Well without embarrassing ourselves with the poor,very poor CFC efforts this season.....excellent result my friend but only because it is totally deserved and correct. Question: Does Scruffy travel well in a car?

Well done!

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Squirrels,we are still in the FA cup final so something to look forward to.Scruffy is a bit of a home cat but i am sure she will acclimatise to a larger vehicle,she doesn't think my little Smart car is at all clever and purrs for something more spacious.thank you for your kind words.:)x

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That's fantastic news and you get it all backdated from the date you made the phone call so you have a hefty chunk coming my friend ...it is thoroughly needed as you do struggle but it all adds up as it takes weeks sometimes couple of months and I know it really helped me when it all got backdated as I had struggled for so long financially as I couldn't work ..so we both celebrating as I'm finally free and at last out of hospital today yippee 😊.Did scruffy put her order in for a new gold plated carrier case so she can be your driving companion ? Well done 😁mel x

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Thank you Mel and welcome home from your temple of pain,Scruffy needs a blooming good hair cut before she will be allowed near car upholstery,wedge of dosh already banked as backdated to january,have to decide on car bearing in mind i may need a wheelchair in the future,just not sure what to get yet.apart from Cecilia.s motability wav we have never had a new car.....Ski's and hairy Scruff's :) xx

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Yes me neither but mine is sat in Ford's as it was ready the day I went into hospital and yesterday I rang to arrange collection for possibly today or the next day and he kindly informed me it was going to be in 2 weeks as he was going on his hols and there was no one qualified to do the exchange ... Now you can imagine my reaction as it's sat there ready hoist fitted for my scooter and I lied and said 2 weeks is fine .. I did then realise it's not fine as I need to get out as been stuck indoors for 15 months so to cut it short I collect it Thurs my 1st ever car new ... the 1 we have my partner drove as although it was for me only he drove I drove it after a year of him we take that back thurs..so think of me Thurs when I drive out I can't flipping wait .. ..I feel the cost is well worth it as your covered for everything well mostly ...Do you own a blue badge yet as they really help ..Can I just advise that if you do think in the future you may need a scooter order a car with a hoist now as it's roughly £190 if you order when ordering your car .Otherwise if you needed 1 before your 3 years is up on your car it's £1200 not that I'm saying you will need 1 but look how quickly I went from ok to not at all ..bet you can't wait to go car searching..☺🚘

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good luck on pick up day,drive safely lol.we had a WAV peugeot horizon when Cecilia was alive which although quite hard work for me was obviously designed for the purpose,i could get something similar bit it's a bit ott currently.difficult pragmatic decisions to be made and i may well argue myself into getting a sport model instead.what the hell you only live once lol :)xx

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I'm so pleased to hear your news, it will be great not to have to think too much about whether you can afford things, you'll be able to treat yourself more often, which is great for keeping the spirits up. Definitely go for the sport model, much more fun to zoom about in!

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thank you Hanne,yes fun should rule over sensibility,we are after all only here once,but if someone can prove me wrong i will give them my allowances in a flash. :) xx

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Congratulations....next year....the Oscar.

Take good care of you!! And, Scruffy, too!!🐈🐈🐈

Enjoy your weekend!!

Meg xx

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Thank you megs from across the pond,my friend mr melley tells me you folks are enjoying some warm.fine and sunny weather in your parts,though probably far to warm for madame Scruffy :) xx

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Yay!! 👏👏 I am so pleased for you Skis. This just made my morning. 😊🌻

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Thank you my dear Cas,i was just explaining to a good friend that without Cecilia here it seems like a hollow victory,but it is a victory all the same.i am glad to see that you appear to be in better mind and health than quite recently,i always think of you and your dogged determination to get the best out of life, love .........Ski's and Scruff's xx

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I understand Skis. But I am certain your dear Cecilia is celebrating this fantastic result right there with you. *Hug* I have been doing a lot better these past few days and despite everything, I feel hopeful. Lots of love to you and dear Scruffs. xx 🙋🐕🐾

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P.S. Thank you for thinking of me. 😊

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Good things for good people (and even some bad), and I am quite pleased. You are more than deserving, and it is well past its due, but we will accept. Barcelona will be best with a pet carrier and food taster, so address enclosed; awaiting first class tix.

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there was mention in the daily living component that i lacked an international food taster mr melley and in the mobility section of Scruffy's need for ambulation.consider the post now yours,the dwp mini bus is en route to North Carolina as i type.:)

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Congratulations on your success. If you fancy a trip further afield you and Scruffy cat are most welcome to visit us in Switzerland. In fact if you fancy transporting my husband home in your camper van it would solve my problems and be much appreciated !!!

From stranded Corin

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Thank you Corin,you have been so long in Switzerland i imagine you and hubby both have dual nationality by now.we will certainly endeavour to collect you both on the return journey and transport to your rightful home,plenty of room for 2 stranded folk and some oxygen cylinders.take care and better luck soon my dear,:) x

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So glad you got the enhanced mobility rate, should make a big difference. Having aid that I have to say I am very jealous, being as I am ancient I can't claim mobility allowance, it seems that at my age (76) I don't need to go out, but if I do, I have somehow drag my poor old bones half a mile to the bus stop, and as I have trouble getting to the bathroom, can't see me getting out any time soon 😅 oh well, not to worry, it is what is.

I hope Scruffy enjoys his lobster, and I hope you enjoy whatever you decide to spend your new found wealth on, but please make sure it is something very, very frivolous 😉😉

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Christina,the system is so unfair as you say,i made it by just 3 months otherwise i would have been past the dwp's sell by date to.if you live anywhere near us Scruff's and i would be happy to pick you up and and take you out for lunch or frivolous treats.thank you for your kind comments,,:) x

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I really love it when someone manages to screw some dosh out of the miserly government, does my heart good 😉😉 I live in Yorkshire and I am hoping to get out soon because a very kind gentleman has given me a mobility scooter which needs checking out and and a new battery, then look out people here comes supergran 😅😅

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Supergran,i love it,though ride carefully or you may stray into Lancashire and be subject to our hospitality which is famously welcoming...:) xxx

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I don't think it would reach Lancashire from my part of Yorkshire, near Leeds & Bradford airport, but I am looking forward to going to Morrisons, I never thought I would ever say those words 😊😊

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i have flown many times from leeds-bradford airport and our favourite chinese takeaway was in Yeadon and if i remember correctly there is a morrisons there to?small world Christina,i do hope you get mobile soon...Ski's and Scruff's :)

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Yes you right we have a Morrisons. I'll be sure to let you know when I don my helmet, leather pants 😂 and gauntlets and go whizzing up the road and the 12 miles an hour 😄😄😄

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mind you don't get hit by any low flying aircraft :) xx

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So pleased it all went well with you and you are now getting your just desserts lol .It helps that you have a wicked sense of humour ,don't ever lose that .No swanning off to the Carribbean now our are loaded .Cat , enjoy our bisque but if you are nothing like me you won't .Take care of yourself .I've Babs ❤️ xxx

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Babs,thank you,what i have gained financially will be overshadowed by your new lease of life in a few weeks time when you become super valve lady and have the capacity to blow out birthday cake candles for fun.Scruffs sends her love and will settle for sardines as she knows her true status...:) xx

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I'm not having the valves I'm having half my lung cut away ,but no matter I hope to be able to go out in the winter , climb mountains , run a marathon , .......well go out in the winter will suffice lol .I will keep you all updated as to how it goes .Thanks again .Love Babs xx❤️

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Good news well deserved.

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Thank you Badbessie,the system is indeed a post code lottery and hopefully others will be saved the trauma of having to appeal. :)

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Great news skischool 😊

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Thank you mas,it is nice to know people are so supportive..:)

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Think I would be a wreck if, or when I would have to go through that process. Marian x

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Marian,it really isn't that difficult,prior planning and preparation prevents p*** poor performance as they say in the army...........Ski's :) xx

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Haha not heard army talk for a lot of years. I was an army wife and worked issuing engineer spares in Germany. Marian x

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Iv'e forgotten more than i can remember,did some time in Dortmund many years ago not a good place for a young man unless you were into beer,sport and late nights,but then again weren't we all.lol :) xx... Ski's

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I was in Willich, 40 Army Sp Regt and it was like one long party lol Marian x

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Spent time in Dortmund with 19 Field in the early 80s.

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I loved reading your post this morning (my e mail comes in late) the humour from one and all made me laugh and so pleased for you skischool Im sure it is well deserved. Irene x

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Irene,thank you,if we can make one person laugh in a day we sort of justify our existence.i hope the rest of your day was equally pleasing..:) xx

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You make things sound so jolly-what fun!!! Congrats on your well earned achievement and lucky Scruffy.

Dan

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Thank you Dan.if you will excuse an awful pun on your name but i would say 'Donut' ever believe that there isn't something in life to make you laugh...:)

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I could not be more pleased for you Skis. It is well earned. Having happy thoughts of yourself and Scruffs living it up a little. 😀 xx

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Dear Judith,Scruffs and i will raise a glass of bubbly to you for your kind thoughts..:) xx

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Excellent news. The extra cash will make such a difference to you and Scruffy. So pleased that you got a sensible assessor and did not have to go through the hassle of appeals.

Enjoy your new wheels. xxx

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Thank you greatauntali.the mobility issue was my most important gain and as you say having a good assessor is crucial to first time success...:) xx

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Ah what a lovely way to start my day 😉so pleased for you skiss, you deserve it. Be happy and stay lucky my friend. 🤓xx

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Stumpy,even nicer for me to hear from my limb challenged happy chum who always lifts me up with her humour and joie de vivre,probably spelled it wrong lol :) xx Ski's and Scruff's

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😆I bet you say that to all your one legged stumpy friends and yes I think you spelt it wrong ha!ha! Thanks Skiss and Scruff's ✋️😉xx

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Lolll.so funny! N very well done. I hate having these assessments. Feels like I'm lieing, although, of cause I'm not. N yes, do have a new Car. I can't pass the b----y, test, because the Nerves cause a panic n in turn the asthma to play up. Ahh..Well shankses Pony for me, until i give in a get a mobility Scooter. 😀👍🌻🌻

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thank you Dubba,you must give in and get a scooter,in the fine weather you will really enjoy the freedom it gives you and keep up with the swimming that you enjoy...best wishes Ski's and Scruffs :) x

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I might well do that Ski,s. As if i go a little walk, I'm a bit scared i wont make it back home. Yep! Back to my Swimming tomorrow, bright (hopefully) n early. 😊👍🌻

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Excellent knees skis hope scruffy can have a few more treats here and there 😊

Cales xx

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thank you Cales,i think i have nice knees too lol :) xx

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Lol that’s funny bloody predictive text 😊 am sure your knees are very lovely but obviously I’ve never seen them so am going to have to take your word for it lol xx

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Lesley for predictive text it was brilliant and quite flattering,thank you for making my night............Ski's not wearing a kilt :)

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😳😂

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Congratulations!

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Thank you Ergendl for your kind words and support. :)

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Congratulations. Majt 🚘 😃

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Majt,thank you,hope you and your pooches are all as well as can be. :) x

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Hello, yes thank you for asking im doing ok. The pooches are doing very well. Hope you and scruffy are also doing ok. Majt X 🐶 🐾

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Lucky you! Acessor allocated to me lied. So,after a mere glance (doubt if he read consultant's report/s), Mr 'medical' totally ignored my presence and continued with his two fingers typing for 12 minutes only for me to receive 445 back to back pages of inaccuracies. No tests carried out.......

Four disks impacted the spine as with weekly injections, my right arm (elbow) swollen - injections failed now due op as with further injections to neck. Concentration as to my removing coat!! *Lie* - wasn't wearing coat. So the infmous ATOS have not changed.

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Sorry to hear you had such a negative outcome and hope that you have lodged your appeal,perhaps if you didn't before have a partner or friend present at any future assessment to observe fair play...Regards Ski's

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