PIP assessments - is it just me?
I had my initial PIP Award last year which ended up being lower rate of the daily care and nothing for mobility. I did not agree with the result but did not want to appeal just in case I lost everything after waiting 12 months to get it.
Anyway, my health has got worse and I decided to ask for a PIP review. I got lots of information about how to fill in the form and sent it all off. I got told that I had to go for a medical assessment by ATOS. I took all my meds, lots of paperwork as well as my dear wife just in case I got confused. The last assessment was a piece of cake compared to this one. I got the distinct impression that it was a race against the clock to get the form completed as the computer had broken. The interaction between the health professional and I did not go very well at all. I got very confused, frustrated and then irritable because I had trouble getting my words together to answer the questions. I really had to insist that the health professional excepted reports and letters from other health professionals about my current conditions. I had even photocopied them before hand.
Is it just me or have others on this forum found it a very frustrating, stressful and thoroughly unpleasant process that leaves you feeling that you're just making things up? This is despite turning up for the assessment in my wheelchair!