Tell me about finances. Presumably I mean you had to give up work, how have you managed?
Well the thing that I got choked about, when I applied for disability I couldn’t, I was absolutely gone. Well in actual fact a woman who works for that kind of thing brought the forms round and helped me fill them in because I didn’t, so many pages and that and, God willing, I never claimed sick because I didn’t have to, I was lucky in my life. And it always baffled me. I should have said something but I didn’t. What did you do? And I put exactly, I said exactly, well she was there, the woman, and I couldn’t wash myself, I couldn’t bath, I couldn’t do anything. Couldn’t hardly get to the toilet -- my poor husband, and he’s thirteen years older than me, so I’m 66, he’s 79, but he’s been a tower of strength, thank God he was there - everything. So wrote the truth down for a bit of disability to help because I was getting taxis to the hospital, getting all taxis and that. My husband was getting taxis, we were getting taxis.
When the letter came back it was a refusal. ‘Sorry, we’re going on what your general practitioner said, no, you don’t come in for anything.’ So I said to my sister, ‘I’m not going to argue. What’s the point of arguing? I don’t want to argue over anything like this. I’m too ill to argue. I don’t care.’ So she, ‘No, no. What do you mean what the general practitioner has said? What has he said?’ And I thought, ‘Have they made a mistake then?’ Because the general practitioner to say, my general practitioner is the doctor, not the hospital doctor. So I said, ‘Leave it.’ So my sister said, ‘No, I’m not leaving it.’ When I told the lady who filled it in, she went, ‘What?’ My sister went up and see her. She went, ‘What? But she can’t walk, you’re bathing her, you’re doing everything for her.’ She said, ‘Well here’s the letter back.’ So my sister sent a letter back to say we come out and wash her and everything, but what we didn’t go to say, well what did the general practitioner say? The general practitioner hadn’t even been out to see me so how could he diagnose when he hadn’t come out to see me? My hospital doctor could have done. But she said, ‘The general practitioner.’ So I got refused and I was diagnosed as terminal. Well I am diagnosed as terminal.
Anyway when my sister wrote they sent 16, said, ‘Give you £16 a week.’ I said, ‘I don’t argue anyway.’ Then all of a sudden a letter came through to say, ‘We’ve reviewed your case and we’re going to give you £44 a week.’
But I thought I should have really, what I should have done really is gone up to that general practitioner, when I was well, well enough to say, ‘What did you diagnose on your thing? You hadn’t even been called out to me. I’ve never. When I did come to the doctors I got a taxi up to you. I didn’t call you out. I got a taxi. I phoned a minicab because I couldn’t get up that hill.’ I thought, I never, I didn’t, I thought, ‘No I don’t. I don’t want to argue over anything like that.’ But anyway I’ve got this £44 and I don’t know why they reviewed it or something and yeah but I never had any care come out to me because I had my family. They all did it for me. So that was that.