I had my Atos Medical yesterday, which was gruelling from start to finish. When I arrived at the medical centre the security guard asked whether I had been told to go to the front office as the main medical room was at the back and if there was a fire there is 15 steps to the fire exit. I said I was not told anything about going to a front room, and was taken just over 100 metres to the back office. ( This took about 10 minutes with 2 stops with me having to sit down, and 2 where I leant against my husband and the wall for a few seconds), by the time I arrived I was shaking, sweating, legs throbbing in pain, chest tight, and breathing shallow. The receptionist immediately said, that the doctor is waiting for me at the front office, and I will have to go back, I could not believe it. After resting for 10 minutes, the return journey took almost half hour, I had to keep stopping every few steps, and sat for 15 minutes, to get over dizziness and catch my breath. Each step i made received shooting pains in my right knee and spasms in my back. My right hand was aching so much because I was leaning so heavily on my walking stick by this time. We then had to sit and wait for another 45 minutes before we were able to see the doctor and have the medical. The doctor was very nice and apologised for everything. He asked me the expected questions and asked me to perform very simple actions, one I did not even attempt which was to stand and squat down and get up again. I explained that with my knee, back, and balance problems, there is no way I could do that. On examining me he became very interested in my right ankle, which was broken 24 years ago. I had 30 stiches either side and had screws and brackets inserted, it still swells and hurts, especially during cold weather. He asked why I had not mentioned this, and I said I was so used to just dealing with it, but he said he was putting it in the report as it clearly impacted on me and still caused me pain.
My husband recorded the medical on his Iphone
So I am hoping this goes well, and they accept that I do have mobility issues. I currently only receive lower rate care, and although I work full time from home, my conditions have got a lot worse and I need more support.