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Hi, my name is wildorchid! nightmare

wildorchidwildorchid Member Posts: 1 Listener
long story, i have a son with life threatening asthma allergy , cardiac arrest life support ,esophegus  also  almost completely closed  souple years later ,once stretched had to have open fundiplication  left him with severe ibs. anxiety panic attacks ,does not eat or drink before he has to go out or while out ,after being discharged from pediatrics to adult ,was never referred to adult respiratory or adult psychologists .told he had been taught everything to keep him out of adult hospital .so hes 29 every day is all calculated doesnt go out much at all. did a degree at nui 1st class with distinction bcos he did no socializing was picked up and dropped off every day ,so i guess last 12 years gp has been writing his prescriptions and has to see practice nurse once year to se no change ,which never is .now his dla was stopped and there is an appeal in for pip cab advised apply esa that he should have been getting anyway .we are scotland .and our postcode not yet on universal credit ,he really wants to get this so he can get an independent assessment and want s to try and work  never has .so went to gp whom i left 2 years ago as my fathers death was questionable ,my gp then made it very difficult for me as he does not like to be questioned and i could not take it further because of my mum shes still there elderly ,so now my son whom took a lot for him to go walked in and explained wanted to apply for esa and why .reply what you want esa for .where are you living he knows fine well he lives with me as his scripts for one say that ..you got degree you can walk you can work ,i know a lot of this is because of his issues with me and he cant get to me il give you a 2 week one and he put on it has a degree can work ,and you come and see me in a week !! im not happy with this are you living like a recluse,my son even let him read letter he wrote for pip which goes through his life and daily regime,,,,,what can i do ...


  • GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,375 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @wildorchid and welcome to community.

    My main advice at the moment is change his GP if you can. Once done you/he should request a complete review of his current health (physical and mental) and prescriptions. 

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  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @wildorchid, and welcome- so sorry to hear about your situation.

    You've done the right thing by appealing your PIP decision and applying for ESA, if you have any questions about these processes then our benefits advisors will be happy to help. 

    We also have employment advisors and employment support services who may be able to provide advice on jobseeking/working alongside your son's disability. 

    And finally, I'd agree with Geoark that changing his GP may be a good idea- you are always entitled to a second opinion. 

    Hope this helps and do keep us updated! 
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