OK its a bit controversial I know. And I am probably going to be shouted down but I will risk it.
Yesterday I went for my assessment in Leeds. All went as expected the usual questions which I answered very honestly. Yes I can walk, make my bed, make my meals etc. Its not the pain that's stopping me. Its my mental state that's the problem. I was a school behavior manager until I had a nervous breakdown. Now I cannot face being around teenagers. I think I would explode if I tried to go back to that kind of work.
What really shocked me though was the attitude of the other people waiting to be seen. They were very rude to staff when checking in and one even refused to wait to see the doctor as they had not been seen after being there 5 minutes and they had things to do. Funny I thought they were on the sick so whats the rush. What was even more stupid it was only 1.10pm and the woman's appointment was not until 1.15pm. I am sorry but I lost it and told her to shut up and bloody wait like the rest of us. The woman was a German. I know because I speak a little of the language and was listening to her slag of the system.
The other problem was the smell. I am sure some people don't know how to wash. Or is it just for effect? The smell was nauseating.
Now I understand fully that some people struggle but if I ever get to the point were I stink like that I will give up the ghost.