Gosh I wish you were close enough to meet for coffee :o)
What worries me is I don't like to apply for something I'm not likely to get, (MCI diagnosis not dementia) I worry that will flag me on some sort of 'bad list'.. I'm still working, but my job isn't really suitable for me anymore, I'm...
Ok , so as promised, I've just had my first appointment with the memory nurse since my MCI diagnosis, apparently I don't get another one as I only have an MCI not a dementia diagnosis (then I'd get one annually)
She had never heard of ESA as normally deals with people over 65 (I'm 51)...
WOW a 6 page report, you sound like my daughter lol
Can I ask what the assessment you refer to included? From my point of view, I've had an ATOS assessment already for the enhanced PIP, surely that should be sufficient ?
My first appointment with memory nurse since diagnosis tomorrow, will ask...
My experience of Atos so far has been largely positive, but I understand that its an easier process when applying from the beginning as opposed to changing from DLA.
This is such a minefield at a time when you are already struggling, wishing you ( & all of us) good luck with it
Sorry, I'm probably not explaining myself ( I knew wot I meant LOL)
I was diagnosed in Aug, so needed to see ATOS nurse to get my PIP sorted, I think it would help if they gave you some info that may help in the future while doing that initial consultation
It seems to me that it would be a lot easier on us all if, when sorting out PIP benefits, we were advised about ESA & how we go about applying, I had an ATOS appointment (is that the right word) back last year, will I need another one ??
I wondered that too, you would think so wouldn't you really, Maybe someone can clarify that, I'm worried about applying if I wouldn't be able to claim, I get very nervous about these things
I'm on my own, my only daughter lives hour & half away. If it is a confirmed diagnosis I would say to make sure you get back up from somewhere, my memory clinic offers a memory nurse ( I am currently waiting a referral to him/her).
I wasn't offered any sort of support after the first...
I'm sure my daughter feels the same, my doctors have given no reccommendations or help ATM (Will be chasing next week, earliest appt I can get)
I think this initial stage is just scary for everyone (my personal opinion), its the what if.. & when I find really difficult.
I've read on here...
I hope your MIL got on ok today, I can only speak personally bit apart from trying to make an appointment with ATOS at a suitable date my daughter could attend, I found them brilliant.
The lady assessor that came to my house was really understanding & allowed my daughter to butt in when...
I was diagnosed with MCI around 8 months ago, I try not to let the figures overwhelm me, everyone is different, I've made some 'tweaks' to my lifestyle as suggested.
Last week I had a bad week especially at work & have noticed its progressing, but that's just me & at some stage I hope it...
I cant even start to imagine what you went through yesterday ( I'm the sufferer, is that the right word ?)
I hope that you have a better today & tomorrow..... & even the day after
After reading these posts I've just called Tower Watson ( I worked at Barclays) & they're send me a 'ill health pension' pack
I'll update when I can but they tell me that each case is looked at individually so here goes nothing
Thanks for making me smile :o)
Already play some computer games in the hope it would help the dexterity as I see it failing in work, I'm pleased to hear that wasn't a daft idea of mine (as if) LOL
Thank you all for the lovely messages,
There are no support groups locally aimed at my age group so just feeling isolated after a bad week, I seem to of gone downhill since Xmas & I'm so damn frustrated with myself
I guess I'm just not sure how to move forward in a positive way (I'm watching...