I've been waiting a while before writing about the current state of the world and its effect on me, my life and the chronic pain. I've been feeling quite confident with a kind of 'meh' attitude about the daily routine. I've been sleeping like a baby and if I remove the financial stress from the situation, I'd have to say, I'm having a jolly time! As the silence began to build outside a few weeks ago, I found myself listening to the news hourly – that was about the only thing that changed for me when COVID19 stopped the world. It'll be dawning on you... I've had a lot of experience with 'isolation'! I've been living a scaled-down life for much of my last 13 years. Living a life within a 1-3 km radius and not seeing family, friends or living as freely as I like has been my PhD study topic! Profession: Isolation specialist and physical distancing Queen. In fact, without the physical demands of working, seeing family, friends and socialising, my physical ability has increased and the pain levels have even dropped a little! I walk twice a day! And I'm also sharing puppy training duties as well. Yes, we welcomed Olive to our home – a medium size Labradoodle (pictured with me being picked up). This decision to welcome a new fur child is evidence of mine and Theo's isolation experience. Did someone say, 'plan to stay home'? We've got this! Theo's and my conversation went like this; 'Honey, given we won't get to go away this year and it's going to be financially impossible to afford a holiday, why don't we move our plans forward to welcome a dog?' 'It's a great idea, we'll be distracted and it's the perfect time to train a puppy too'. We know what it means to tuck in, stay tucked in and to have to occupy yourself for a very long time.
No one within the system has fear of prosecution - not even a fear of a single penalty! No one within the system has been or will be called to explain their actions and held to account. This makes my blood boil! I haven't even heard the support will be returned to workers who were delivered unfair decisions and had to walk away from their support. But I want my money back! Where are my years of wages after having a decision overturned unfairly at the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service (ACCS) by the Agent? And the rest...?
If you dress well - this system assumes you couldn't possibly have a health issue. If you speak well, there's no way you have suffered trauma. If you manage to stay alive through your darkest moments, they assume you can forfeit your compensation. When you are honest and remain transparent, they only abuse your information.
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The effort my insurer makes to appear stupid and ignorant in their daily work, and the effort they make to voluntarily communicate their ignorance, today, for some reason (let's call it this fab new medication) made me want to laugh.
I'm still fighting for reimbursement of my peripheral and sacral stimulation implants. Insurer X (let's call them that but really what I call them is irrelevant - they're all the same!) are investigating valid reasons to support my treatments (or [...]