I have autism and my husband now has medical conditions (Emphysema, COPD, Epilepsy and he has had strokes in the past). We live in a town without any support or friends, due to this we are by ourselves. I am finding it increasingly difficult to look after my husband due to him collapsing, I work full time (that is a struggle in itself) and my work is not sympathetic to me going home early when my husband collapses. I find it difficult to make calls as I can’t recognise tones of voices and I struggle to get words out, if my husband needs an ambulance etc.
My family have said they will help me with looking after him as his health declines. We decided to go on the council housing list because we can not afford to rent somewhere where they live. I get minimum wage. My mental health is getting worse, so are my meltdowns and I am finding it hard to ‘mask’ my autistic traits and I am struggling to communicate to people.
We got on the housing list but on a low band, I thought they did my medical assessment as well but I have found out they did not do this. So I have now requested that they do this. The doctors know about my past mental health problems (I saw psychiatrists and eventually got diagnosed with autism). I have not spoken to the doctors about my mental health in recent years and I know I should. My family are my support network, my husband has been but due to his health this is not possible anymore.
The council wants to write to the doctors about my medical needs, but I don’t know how the doctors can help? Unless they will go through my past mental health in the past (6 years ago)?