Today my husband drove me to my face to face assessment for my PIP claim. To say I was nervous would be something of a understatement but having Dave by my side helped enormously.
My appointment was at 8.10am, plus side, I was first in, but the minus was I had to get this knackered body up and dressed to be ready in time.
I was nervous, tired and in pain Dave parked directly outside the building, where Capita have their offices, in a well placed disabled bay. Utilising one of my crutches I managed to heave myself out of the car and hobble to the building. The lift was in front of us as we entered the building so we took it up to the 3rd floor.
The office was light and airy, which was nice. I sat down whilst Dave went to the reception to book in. We didn’t have to wait long, thankfully, as I was nodding off in my chair.
A pleasant looking woman called us in, it made me smile as she tried saying my surname in different ways trying to gauge by my reaction to see which was correct. I put her out of her misery with a smile and it broke the ice as we all chuckled about it.
Firstly we had to go through all my conditions, when diagnosed and who diagnosed me. As you can see there are a fair few, although I discounted the Hypermobility diagnosis as since being diagnosed I have stiffened up a lot and my Hypermobility is now limited to just a few joints..
The assessment took a hour and a half, thankfully we had all my paperwork with us and Dave being my career, helper & spokesperson answered for me when I stumbled. At the end I had to attempt a few movements of which a number I couldn’t do.
Finally she thanked me for coming and said I qualified for PIP but she couldn’t guarantee what DWP would do with her report once they received it but she had recommended I be awarded it. She also said that if I was refused my PIP for whatever reason that I should most definitely appeal it and that in her opinion I fully qualify.
So now it’s a case of wait and see. If I am awarded it I will be hiring a cleaner and dog walker. During my appointment I was also recommended to get OT to come into my home to assess and provide aids for my day to day.
I hope I don’t have to appeal but if it comes to it, with Daves support, we will go through that process and hope for a positive outcome.
Que será, será
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que será, será