Well, my appointment stated “an appointment AT 10am - 1pm”. I (and my friend who is a newly qualified mental health nurse and who was at my home for the appointment too) read that as a 3 hour assessment.
The doctor arrived at 12.15pm and immediately asked my dad to ensure my dog was locked away otherwise he wasn’t coming in!!! He came downstairs where I was sitting (in my pjamas looking not particularly attractive I have to admit) and explained he had a phobia of dogs.
I said that I had been expecting him to arrive at 10am as per the letter, to which is stated the appointment is FROM 10am - 1pm. He then asked me for some identification and (this is where I think he’s gonna fail me now) I asked for his GMC registration card as the office wouldn’t give his identification number to me. I have to confirm he did have a valid GMC registration card and he is a legit doctor.
So he asked a few questions, asked to detail a normal day from start to finish, read a sheet of paper from a distance, lift limbs as high as I could then lastly to walk to my tv and back again (during all of this I was in a lot of pain and mainly shuffling rather than walking and it’s only about 5 normal steps but took around 9!!!). He also asked if I’d been on holiday (?) to which I said my boyfriend had taken me away for a relaxing week in the sun for Valentine’s Day week to chill out after having another brain MRI scan and before my next consultant’s appointment to discuss DMD’s (but that’s another post).
At the end of the assessment he said that I would hear back in the next 4-6 weeks (oh goody - isn’t this when PIP comes into play???).
Thank god my friend was here as she’s been with me when I’ve had really bad days so could confirm how it affected me from a friends and also a medical point of view.
BUT … what really annoys me now is that, although he seemed pleasant enough, he’s now going to complete the assessment “in his own opinion” using the notes he took while he was at my home. Hence why I think he’s going to say I don’t need DLA because my cognitive function was clearly ok for me to ask for his ID as well as me referring to the grammatically incorrect appointment letter!!!
Anyway, thanks again for all your replies and I’ll let you know the outcome once I know.