It’s brilliant wonderful news that my DLA (Disability Living Allowance) renewal has been successful! I got the letter today and was so relieved I had a little cry.
I still can’t quite believe it. I applied 4 months ago and it’s taken longer than last time for them to reach a decision. And my last award ran out in October so it’s been difficult (and stressful) managing these last few months.
Great news is they have increased my mobility award, my care component is middle rate like last time. Also fantastic is my award is for 5 years (it was 2 years last time). That takes a bit of pressure of too. Like my dad said, hopefully I won’t need to apply again – hopefully I’ll be better. That would be great. Much better than qualifying for assistance would be not needing it!
I found the applying and the waiting so stressful. Now the decision is here and I’ve got an award I instantly feel like a fraud which is so silly. Because everything I said in my application is true and they made my award based on my application and my doctors report.
I am so so so grateful to have the GP I do. Without her support I am pretty sure the outcome would be different. They wouldn’t award on my application alone, they wanted a doctors report. Once they got it it went through quickly. Hurrah!
This time I am going to ask for a copy of the doctors report. I am curious but also concious that they can review my DLA at any time and if I move out of area or my doctor stops practicing it would good to have her report to refer to.
So yes a massive relief and loads of pressure off.
I can now afford my D-Ribose, my yearly pre-payment prescription certificate (which I’ve just had to renew), my vitamins, my private prescriptions for LDN, my tummy soothing meds (not on prescription), my special dietary food & treats for my IBS and I can pay someone (hopefully my brother’s fiance) to do some cleaning for me and maybe a bit of gardening too.
I could even afford to get my wheelchair serviced perhaps. One of my brakes is a bit wonky after my dad was a bit too keen to push off before I’d released the brakes. I’m not sure it’s really worth the effort yet. But it’s one of those things that’s an extra expense that I could afford to get done.
My enthusiasm has been a little dampened a little by a visit from our landlord this evening. But that’s another blog post. This one is a truimphant, if softly spoken – yeah! I got my DLA and life just got a little bit easier.