So in my last post I talked about how I was in a “good phase” and was just waiting for it to come to an end? Well…it happened…the day after I wrote that post! Talk about tempting fate haha.
I had a really terrible nights sleep that night and ever since then my energy levels have been lower than usual and I’ve had really bad headaches. Yesterday I was so tired in the afternoon I was struggling to stay awake at all. It’s confusing because actually the last couple of nights I’ve slept well, I think my body just doesn’t know whether it’s coming or going.
Today though, has been a good day because I got some very good news in the post. I know I’ve talked in previous posts about applying for benefits, and that a couple of weeks ago I had a medical assessment. Well, I got the results today. This particular benefit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP for short), is split into two parts. The first part is “daily living” which is about how you manage daily tasks such as washing, dressing and cooking. The second part is “mobility” which is about your ability to get around.
I got awarded the mobility part, but not the daily living part. I’m not completely happy with it seen as I can’t cook for myself, and washing and dressing are so tiring they don’t happen a lot of days. However I think it’s best to just take what I’ve been given. The appeal process is so exhausting, I don’t think I have the energy for it.
The best part is that the payments are backdated to when I first applied (last November) so I’ll be getting quite a bit of money. This news has totally made my day. I’ve been feeling pretty crappy the last few days, but this has cheered me up. It means I can buy some nice things for my newly decorated room, and hopefully a wheelchair, which would completely revolutionise my ability to leave the house.
I feel incredible lucky to live in a country that will (despite the Conservative Party’s best efforts) look after me when I’m ill. Hopefully when I’m better I’ll be able to repay it all with plenty of taxes.
The weather has been amazing the last few days, but obviously I can’t really enjoy it seen as I can’t sit outside for more than 10 minutes without getting a blinding headache. I think not being able to go outside properly is one of the hardest parts about being so ill, this is why I need to get myself a wheelchair!
This was my view!
Until next time. Rhosyn.