Thanks everyone for all your support and advice prior to my PIP assessment.
I went with my boyfriend. You are so right about assessment starting from the moment you arrive. We had to wait a little while before going through to the assessment room. It was a full 20 meters away. Not only that, there was carpet tiles on the corridor floor and they had been put down in different directions, making it really difficult to walk on, if you have mobility problems. The assessor spoke and asked questions the whole way to the room; Presumably as a distraction.
The assessor appeared to be really nice and understanding and although I knew not to be fooled by that, I found that My answers could have been much more detailed.
I was asked SO many questions about everything and because My thinking is a bit slowed down and I have problems finding words, I struggled to give full, detailed answers to the questions. Even my boyfriend was a bit caught out and didnt fill in many gaps, and he is a very capable and vocal person!
I was asked to do some very basic movements and should have said that although I can pretty much do them, I cannot sustain them for more than a few seconds before I get cramps, weekness and numbness.
I was exhausted well before the end of the assessment and should have asked for a short break but I couldnt think and Instead, I just kept going and gave poorer and poorer answers.
I was so tired by the end of it I couldnt wait to leave the building but struggled to the taxi rank just round the corner with help from my boyfriend and a few stops along the way!
Now awaiting the result. What do you think folks?
A big fat 0 perhaps?
I will let you know.