Firstly can I say a massive thank you to everyone who replied to my previous post about my upcoming health assessment. So much helpful advice there.
When I arrived for the assessment they were so over run thy it was rescheduled for today, sonI am just about to go.
Can I just ask...I am considering submitting my medical records for the past 13 months (when my symptoms began to get worse). I am going to be denied the continuation of ESA payment I am sure because this has happened to me before. I think unless you have a really severe disability that they are able to see it seems unlikely you will get any support. So I am prepared to appeal and when I do I think I am allowed o submit more evidence aren't I? Or have I got that wrong? So I would just like to know if anyone has even through the appeals procedure when a health assessment has found you capable of work.
Health wise I have just got over glandular fever, only to be struck with a chest infection! If it weren't so pathetic it would be funny! As a single mum with no family support it is far from funny though although I am determined to remain as positive as possible throughout this whole process and remind myself of what I have rather than what I don't have!
Thank you again for your advice and support. It is so appreciated. It makes me feel less scared!
Love Rachel. X x X
Good luck, these things can be trying hopefully you will get a sympathetic human instead of a cold robot.
They were running about 40 mins late and I nearly fell asleep in the waiting room! 😳 I suppose that illustrates the problem though! The assessment was only around 10 minutes at te most which surprised me. I was prepared for it to last a lot longer! (Up to 50mins, thee tree said)! I did find he put words in my mouth some of the time, which worried me a bit! Like, "You find it easy to talk to strangers", and "You can manage the stairs to your flat ok". He was typing as he was talking, so I presume he was typing his own answers to the questions! The first assumption was right but the 2nd varies drastically! So I had to correct him on that. He was quite dismissive though and said, "You can use the hand rail though, can't you?" Goodness knows how he knows I even have a hand rail! I do, but I may not have! Surely he can't make those kinds of assumptions? Overall he seemed pleasant enough, but the appointment I felt was very rushed and not thorough enough whatsoever. I do worry that this will lead to an innacurate report.
I can just see me having to go down the appeals procedure route 😒 I hope not though. Obviously I do want to be better and I strive every day to be a positive as I can be an make healthy life adjustments whether I can, but right now, my earth is far from fantastic and to be forced into work would be a nightmare for me.
How are things with you though? How long have you had ME?
Kindest regards, Rachel.
I supposed I'm glad your ordeal didn't last long but how the hell are they going to assess a person in 10 mins?
I've been ill for almost two years and heading the same path you are on and it fills me with dread. I've been working all my life, and this is all new. To me it seems instead of them being there to help they seem to try and prevent the people getting the help!
We are seen as a job and as something to process through the filter that we are all mad keen to be on benefits instead of work!!
I would gladly live without a single penny in a box, (although would have to be warm I don't like the cold ), if it meant I wasn't ill.
I would wonder if these people had to spend a short time, (say a month) living in our shoes they would see the world a whole lot different!
Hope things go well for you, stay strong.