Three weeks ago I went to bed with what I thought was a migraine and woke up more or less blind. A stroke had caused a left occipital lobe infarct and I have no sight in my right eye and no peripheral vision in my left. it is like looking through a very small keyhole. My job is a freelance investigative journalist and now I cannot drive let alone see I will have no money coming in at all. I have two sons who live with me in full time education aged 21 and 24 who I support and I have no partner - their father left years ago. I was very well treated in hospital and was part of an early discharge team who were fabulous. They visited every day and filled in the various EAS and DLA forms and my specialist and social worker from the stroke unit said in my condition I would have no problem being awarded these benefits. This weekend I received a letter turning down my request for DLA due to the fact I have the ability to wash myself. I have problems with my balance and the stroke has left me with very low BP so I am apt to faint often. I also have thickening in the artery in my left leg so I have claudication and can walk no further than 50 yards without pain. I have no savings and live in privately rented accommodation. I went to get my prescription filled and the cost was well over £80 for the meds they have prescribed for me so I was unable to get blood thinners, statins and everything else. I cannot pay my rent or any other necessity. I am at my wits end, very depressed and frankly am at the stage where I wish the stroke had taken me out.
If being blind and inability to walk doesn't qualify me as disabled then I don't know what does.
If anyone has any helpful tips I would be most grateful. I have never been so low in my life :o(