On May 22nd I had a medical assesment with atos healthcare for my benefits which I’m pretty sure has come about because my old GP is an idiot and knew nothing about strokes (and from my friends past experiences with him I would also suggest he has no idea about mumps or urine infections either) so basically he’s pretty poor at his job. Anyway I got called for an assessment and for big medical appointments I get my mum or dad to come down to take me so that I have a second pair of ears for whats being said and so my mum came down the evening before to take me to the assesment missing a day from work and taking approx a four hour drive. Two hours before the assessment I get a phonecall from the company to say the appointment has been cancelled because their ‘doctor’ is off sick. It all sounded a bit suspicious and we’re pretty sure they messed up the appointment time and so cancelled on us. It’s also a little bit ironic that a doctor who is judging wether or not people are fit for work is taking the day off for being ‘sick’. It obviously annoyed us alot not only that my mum had driven all that way but also because the person we spoke to refused to do anything about it and didnt even offer to see if they could swap any appointments around with someone who is a bit more local. My mum then went anyway to complain as if I had rang up to say I was too ill or tired to go they would have cancelled my benefits and yet it was acceptable for them to cancel two hours before. They said next time they would call in advance to find a time that was suitable for someone to come down and take me we accepted that and I waited for a phonecall.
A phonecall never came and instead in the post today I received a letter simply saying ‘as you know we need to assess you, your appointment has been rescheduled too 22nd June if you do not attend the appointment you’re benefits may be affected’
I worry so much about finances, having worked since I was 16 I hate the thought of not being able to earn my own money but at the moment it just isnt realistic, I still get extreme fatigue and pain in my foot, plus I cant walk far and still have no extension in my left hand. Until I get the fatigue back undercontrol I would end up letting a workplace down more often than I could help them. Its hard because I want a job so much and want to find one as soon as possible but I know that untill ive made a bit more of a recovery now isnt the right time.