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OK this should be fun, I have another ATOS medical this Tuesday for ESA, this is the 4th attempt at it(2 cancelled due to illness and 1 re-scheduled)

 

I have just been diagnosed properly with ME and Polymyalgia, so I know I will probably have to go to appeal, and I am doing permitted work of 11 hours a week at my old job.

 

 

Amyway here's where it gets fun. Im in Plaster on left wrist after chipping a bone and ending up with a scaphoid fracture and the doc says I could be in a cast for at least 6 weeks.

 

I cant wait to read the report just to find out what the pretend doc says about the arm!!!!!

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OK this should be fun, I have another ATOS medical this Tuesday for ESA, this is the 4th attempt at it(2 cancelled due to illness and 1 re-scheduled)

 

I have just been diagnosed properly with ME and Polymyalgia, so I know I will probably have to go to appeal, and I am doing permitted work of 11 hours a week at my old job.

 

 

Amyway here's where it gets fun. Im in Plaster on left wrist after chipping a bone and ending up with a scaphoid fracture and the doc says I could be in a cast for at least 6 weeks.

 

I cant wait to read the report just to find out what the pretend doc says about the arm!!!!!

 

Ummm, I would assume that you are right handed? Yes?

OK, then you have a good working hand. Do you manage to use your laptop/pc - keyboard? Yes?

Good, So what is the problem?

 

I can think of a lot of things that you only need one good hand for.

Look at the positive, how would you feel if you didn't have the use of either.

 

For exercise why not try arm wrestling? Would build up your confidence and social skills. Dominoes, even shove h'pny.

 

Yes I could see that using one arm for a weeks work would be a lot to ask, so why not look for a part time job for half the hours?

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I hope you r ead that I am doing some permitted work, and that I have a proper diagnosis about my illness.

 

I just wrote that it would be interesting to see what he writes about my arm!

 

It is really hard to type one handed, Im not allowed to do any lifting with it so Im kind of stuck at the moment.

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Hello again maz. I'm sorry I don't really have anything helpful to add. I just wanted to say all luck to you tomorrow and I'll be thinking of you. Just don't try to be brave or gloss over your problems with Atos, as you know from the forum. Please let us know how it went.

 

HB x


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Thanks HB, just hoping I dont fall asleep during it as Ive beend given really strong painkillers that are knocking me for 6

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ok today went well I think, but I was on the phone to my advisor and after a long discussion even though I had been to my medical, Ive been advised to come off ESa and claim carer's allowance for my son, as they can't give me any support, but when I get the CA we will be entitled to some CT benefit and possible some LHA.

 

She will even sent me through the medical when they get it, as she thinks it could be very interesting reading too.

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