I'm looking for more advice! This time re. finances.
I recently (3 weeks today) had completion surgery for thyroid cancer (papillary) and am waiting on an appointment for the RAI. I was told by the endocrinologist it should be done 3-6 weeks after the last surgery. 3 weeks is tomorrow. I have never met the oncologist at Derby and I'm assuming I would have to go and meet him to talk through everything and then wait again for the actual treatment, with at least 2 weeks gap to come off thyroxine and do the low iodine diet?
Amidst all of the other worries atm, my major concern is actually financial. I'm on SSP and was advised by my GP that I should extend the sick note until after the treatment, as you can only claim once in a short time frame. My issue is I can't survive on £350 a month for much longer, but if I go back to work and then 3-6 weeks later, need another 3 weeks off for RAI, that will essentially be unpaid leave. I was advised to look into income support as I am claiming SSP, but that seems to be focusing on the previous years earnings and I have no real way of calculating the drop in salary for this year as I don't know how long this process is going to take. Also, at the end of the tax year in April, my earnings will probably be just over the threshold, but that doesn't help me pay my rent and bills in these 2-3 months. I used the last of my annual leave up on the first operation so my other option is to delay the RAI until April when my leave starts again but I don't know if that's an option, not having spoken to anyone about how it works etc.
Does anyone have any advice or experience? How did you manage? Any thoughts would be appreciated.