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Pip assessment

I have a face to face pip assessment on Thursday. Anyone had one?. I'm so anxious getting myself really worked up over it. Like most people with a long term illness rheumatoid arthritis, sjogrens disease, auto immune deficiency and recently colon cancer when asked how I am I always say "good thanks" when really it's taking every ounce of effort to do the smallest thing. And I know that able bodied people aren't really interested in health problems anyway because they are so busy with their work and family lives.

Sorry having a moan!!!!!

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That's the problem. They will take you at face value so if you say good thanks they will believe it. I said well actually.......

Tell them as it is on your worst days. They have a list of questions so re-read your original applicAtion form .

Tell them as it is. Even if it's embarrassing.

Take some one with you. Work out how you are getti g there. They know how many metres it is from say the parking lots to the office. If u need use the liftsetc. Don't push yourself cos you think you have to.

Stress will make you worse so tell them that the interview has caused you worry and upset and I suspect made you feel worse. Ask for breaks if it's too much.

Mine was fine and the lady was nice. I got my PIP.

Ask for a number to call for a copy if of the report. You may need it if you don't agree with their findings.

Good luck !

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It seems to be luck of the draw regarding whether you get a nice assessor or not. Mine was nice and she even reminded me to say how it is when I am at my worst. I think that is important. Good luck.

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Thank you

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Hi, you need to tell them exactly how your illnesses affect you everyday. How much help you need (even if you don't get any), the struggles you have with eg dressing, preparing meals etc. Considering the amount of health problems you have, I think they will take these into account, they did with mine, although I did have a home visit. I'm sure you will have proof of all your illnesses, photocopy them & take them with you, just in case they haven't looked through your form, don't presume they are medically trained, chances are they won't be. If your meds make you feel unwell, tell them & how it affects your capabilities in say preparing food etc., how much pain you are in & so forth. You need to make clear how you can/can't do certain activities & don't play them down, tell them exactly how things are. If you would be in too much discomfort or pain when carrying out the physical assessment, tell them why you can't carry them out, you won't be penalised for not being unable to do them as long as you explain clearly why you can't. Good luck, please let us know how it goes x

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Thank you so much.

Will definitely take all them points on board

Like most with disabilities I muddle through

Need to be honest but I find "can't " so depressing to say

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I think everyone knows how you feel honey, I broke down when she asked me what I used to do for a living, I loved my job & had just qualified & it broke my heart telling her. But, we have to be realistic, don't put a brave face on it, tell them all, even the painful things you will find hard, they need to be in your shoes, if only verbally. I went into mine with the attitude of what will be, I had stressed myself out & went into a big relapse, so I'm glad I told them exactly how it is, because written in a form cannot show how you struggle, you need to tell them, with all you are coping with I would say you are entitled to it, don't doubt yourself, remember, it's about you, so you tell them how it is, leave nothing out xx

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Thank you

I will

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Mine was really bad she kept shouting at me everything I said she said why can't u ended up in tears my hubby had to tell her to stop shouting at me only got low rate care yet on dal got full care even though I'm visually impaired on last biologic available been on everything in hosp 2 weeks ear 115 500ml steroid drip hope it's goes better good luck

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Sorry you had a bad experience . I don't think these companies realise the effect they are having on genuinely poorly people

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had mine today 10th october she was fifteen minutes early....she was at mine one hour ten minutes went through everthing.....from my form to all my meds...from childhood asthma..but she did note that i looked very poorley and commented on it..actually i felt dreadful it was a bad am for me..so she did catch me on a bad day....she asked me to do exercises...i refused she said thats fine as i looked mentally drained... but im shocked too so many questions been asked...very thorough at her job...nothink was over looked....this was a reveiw aswell so got to wait between 4/8 weeks for answer as my son asked her on way out...but overall a very nice lady..now we wait and see......

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Hope you get your award

I think it's the feeling I'm being judged that I don't like

I spend all my time trying to be independent and do things for myself that I find it hard to admit I'm struggling

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put your pride to oneside and be honest to yourself....sometimes the truth does hurt..but overcome this and you will come to realise that its a hopeless course when you are struggling on daily tasks day in day out....in the end you have to fight on....but i was honest today..but my consinous is clear.....and the truth has to be said....im hopeless with my illness.and do need help....my hygeine gone to pot..as ive no zapp in me...so i have to ask for help to get a carer in ...hopefully it goes ok...if not i take it to the high court...but if it takes all my strenght i have left i will fight the good fight hope yours goes well thursday...im unsure about outcome as its totally draining all questions what are asked when you filled a 40 page form in...ridiculous really....as they are eye contact with you and typing god knows what...than at end off it all she runs out door as she running late....i wonder why ......very time consuming...

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Hope you get your award

Like yourself I find it all so frustrating I just think it's so unjust that we have to fight/beg for what we are genuinely entitled to.

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I agree with all the above except the poor person who got shouted at. Thats appauling. I was warned by someone they would be nice to lull you into a a false sense of security and my interviewer was very charming. One thing that was said was ... so you are retired now I replied no,im not working because I cant. Think that Q was because of my age and someone later told me that was a trick question. I dont know but ive been told there are trick questions.

Yes we want to do our best and show we can manage but for me and others as I have read on this thread we nead help. So to get that help we need the money to pay for it. As others im devasted by this disease but at least with help my house is kept nice etc. As said i agree with what has been said as that was what I did and was my experience. Just remember you cant do what you could so you need to do this to get help to live this best you can and take the daily stress away that can effect your RD.

Its not nice,but worth it for your future well being

Let us know how it goes.

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I will thank you

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Just be honest and tell it like it is. The assesor I had was lovely, so don't go worrying yourself. They're employed to make sure the money gets to the right people.

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