Good Afternoon everyone, I hope everyone is not suffering too much today. I thought I just would update you ... Well after all the pip form filling, following the assessment with the dreaded atos, I was only given care at the standard rate. Nothing for mobility and it is mobility that affects me so much. I like most of you will be able to understand this statement. My partner and I sat for another 4 hours last Sunday sending off yet again all the copies of how the fibromyalgia, ptsd, depression, reynauds affect so my life. They seemed to be able to say that following a 20 min interview having not asked anything about how I get around or how much pain I was in that I had no mobility problems and no cognitive impairment . We all know that fibro fog is so disabling at times and even though he said he could not talk or ask me about ptsd , so their conclusion left me totally baffled. I still work full time would consider myself an intelligent person and being treated the way I have been really upset me and thought how does anyone manage that doesn't have a supportive partner cope let alone if anyone has even the slightest learning difficulties. I felt that I was being treated like a thief trying to take something that I was not entitled too, I have worked for 26 years full time and never had any benefits in my life, juggled a life as a mother missing out on so much and now I am housebound unless someone will help me even with basic things, I no longer can do my shopping or drive and my daughter took me to shopping centre about a month ago and that one experience for a v short period of time made me realise how difficult life in a wheelchair is going to be. I do not know the answer or know what we need to do but I do know there needs to be some help and understanding of our conditions and support. I am hoping that this mandatory reconsideration is going to bring the results I know I deserve and I know others many others have it that don't deserve as they are plastered constantly all over our Tv and people that genuinely need it are suffering with out. I will let your know how I get on and if I can be of help to anyone then please just ask. One thing I would say is benefits and work website has some invaluable information. Take care everyone and best wishes. xx Tracey xx
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