Hi I'm new to these pages and have just had my PIP decision. I was on DLA and got the higher mobility but now on the standard mobility. I had a person from ATOS come to my home where I had my husband who helped prompt me through my Fibro fog and nerves. My decision it would seem was based on my ability to drive a manual car and my grip to do this! Although during my assessment I had lack of grip! When I drive I don't GRIP anything I use the palms of my hands. I also don't drive too often maybe 1/2 times a month and this is only to go to the bottom of my Rd around 500yars MAX but this has been noted as I REGULARLY even though I said 1/2 times a month MAX. So because of this it's found that I can get dressed, get nutrition etc for the majority of the time. I said I have my own bank account and if needed to can shop online (what that has got to do with anything I don't know!) I was shaking, my speech was affected by this and needed prompting by my husband but this wasn't noted so they find I haven't anxiety or any hearing impediment although I have a report from a hearing specialist noting that I have tinnitus! When it comes to observations I was sat crossed legged and was noted to lift my leg and grip it (I hooked my arm around my foot to crack my ankle because I was in agony!) I apparently touched my head in the examination which I CAN NOT DO as I did this I have sufficient movement to wash my hair!! My husband carries me into the bath and washes me and then carries me out of the bath because of chronic pain I just can't do these things!! I said I have difficulties following and planning a journey but at the assessment said I knew my local area (I was asked if I knew where my Drs was and its not in my local area!) also I said I don't go out alone because of chronic pain and anxiety they pressed me saying IF I went out with my husband to somewhere I didn't know then how would I get there and I said we have a satnav but this has been twisted to I WOULD USE A SATNAV on unfamiliar routes!! they keep saying I can use AIDS but I don't know what AIDS would help me do every daily task (washing,bathing,dressing,preparing and cooking food, cutting food up on my plate etc etc).
I'm now loosing my car so I can't even take my son to the bus stop maybe 1/2 a month anymore and my daughter who is my carer is starting university soon. I'm stressed out and can't understand the findings. I'm sooo flared that I can't even get out of bed 😢