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Post by Whiskers on Sun 20 Sep 2015, 10:35

Any news about the lowlife who stole your parking badge kk? I dont suppose they will ever find who took it and broke into your car. It will be sold on to someone else now who will be using it far away from the scene of the crime. Did you found your driving license after? You dont need that on top of everything else!
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@Whiskers wrote:Any news about the lowlife who stole your parking badge kk?  I dont suppose they will ever find who took it and broke into your car.  It will be sold on to someone else now who will be using it far away from the scene of the crime.  Did you found your driving license after? You dont need that on top of everything else!

I have received a replacement badge which I now have chained to the middle of the dashboard - well ribboned to  it, to be more precise.  The smashed window has been replaced and I am 'driveable' again.
I have applied for a replacement Driving Licence (cost me £20) and still await that.  When I reported it to the DVLA, they confirmed that it is still valid and I didn't need to provide a new photo when applying for replacement. After the initial shock, I realised and remembered that I had [only recently!] put my licence inside the holder that was displaying the Blue Badge.  I do realise now that that was a very unwise and stupid thing to do.  judge   I routinely used to carry my licence with me, but had only lately got a new pretty holder for the badge (and clock card) - it had pictures of cats on it. rabbit  At the time I had thought it was the best place to keep my licence also (hidden inside, obviously) as it would always be to hand if needed - never dreaming that the Badge holder itself would be stolen! pale   The guy in the Post Office told me that there has apparently been a spate of similar thefts from cars around this whole area, where the only thing that was taken was the Blue Badge.
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Post by Kitkat on Fri 02 Oct 2015, 10:51

So, the guys are here today to sort out the ceiling.  A bigger job than was expected.  They thought they would be coming simply to plaster - but now it transpires the whole ceiling has got to come down! and be replaced with a new [reinforced] ceiling.  Gonna take a few more days before it's all sorted.  A bit of a "belly" has formed in the ceiling over the years (with the previous leaks and stuff) and apparently it's a fraction away from the main joist (or summat), so if the present situation is left without rectification there is a [tiny, I think - but they seem to think "strong"] possibility that the ceiling could collapse one day and fall down on top of me! scared chair  - especially as over time when the heating is on apparently this could escalate the situation ... they did explain, but it's quite honestly beyond me.  I just wish these guys had been around when 2 or 3 years ago I had the first leak up there and at that time my main reported worry was that the ceiling was going to fall down - and the idiots that did [eventually] come to "sort it out" assured me unequivocally that there was absolutely no chance of that happening!

At this point in time there is a hole in the ceiling  (deliberately created as an exploratory doorway up there to investigate - resulting in this latest decision).  Furniture and stuff has been moved out of the way, out into the garden - along with their gear and tools etc, dust covers all over the place, and they have assured me that everything will be put back exactly in place when they leave this evening.  Today is boarding. 
Then there will be another day fixed to come back and plaster - and then painting etc on another day again.  hanged
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Post by Kitkat on Fri 02 Oct 2015, 12:42

update   GRRRRRrrrrrr!!!!  Now they tell me it's not as bad as they thought initially ... the ceiling doesn't need to be replaced after all.  There is no worry about the joist - it's apparently on a grid system  Question , so the job can actually be completed today after all ...  they've just got some extra work to do now, repairing and patching up the unnecessary hole that they made in the first place  angry  before the real stuff can be tackled.  hairpull  - and bringing back all the stuff that they got out of the way -
and making sure it's all put BACK IN ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE!! judge


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Post by Kitkat on Fri 30 Oct 2015, 19:45

This flaming ceiling saga is STILL ongoing ...  Started back in July! ... I'm still waiting for them to come and complete the job - properly.  Still finding bits of plaster in the weirdest of places - and splashes of paint on treasured items and furniture - there's even a paint blob on top of the flat screen TV!   Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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Post by Kitkat on Fri 13 Nov 2015, 12:33

Not sure whether this warrants going under the 'Here we go again' thread or not .... Hoping it's 'not'  rock
- but back in the old waiting game again:  Friday the 13th not the best of days to be going to the doc - especially under 'emergency' circumstances - but those are the very circumstances I found myself in this morning - resulting in an urgent request being made by my GP for an 'emergency appointment' at the Cancer Department  afraid of St Mary's Hospital (yes, yet again a different flamin' hospital and different flamin' specialists etc etc etc ....).  Anyway, I won't know any more until after this appointment has been made and the proposed 'exploratory procedure'  wary has been done there ....
All different stages of the Waiting Game ....  never ending ........
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Post by Whiskers on Fri 13 Nov 2015, 15:29

@Kitkat wrote:Not sure whether this warrants going under the 'Here we go again' thread or not .... Hoping it's 'not'  rock
- but back in the old waiting game again:  Friday the 13th not the best of days to be going to the doc - especially under 'emergency' circumstances - but those are the very circumstances I found myself in this morning - resulting in an urgent request being made by my GP for an 'emergency appointment' at the Cancer Department  afraid of St Mary's Hospital (yes, yet again a different flamin' hospital and different flamin' specialists etc etc etc ....).  Anyway, I won't know any more until after this appointment has been made and the proposed 'exploratory procedure'  wary has been done there ....
All different stages of the Waiting Game ....  never ending ........

Hope its not as serious as it sounds Kitkat.  I think I remember Friday 13th ended up a lucky date for you before.
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Post by Kitkat on Sat 14 Nov 2015, 16:47

@Whiskers wrote:I think I remember Friday 13th ended up a lucky date for you before.

lol Whiskers ....  your memory is better than mine! ...  In that case, then I hope it's a sign .... giggle  (a good one though!)

Edit: wary  Fingers crossed, it'll turn out to be the exception mentioned here:
https://krazykats.forumotion.co.uk/t745-friday-the-13th-13-facts-about-the-unluckiest-day-in-the-calendar#5356
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Post by Kitkat on Mon 16 Nov 2015, 13:52

I just found my driving licence. Embarassed ... the original one that I thought might have been inside the Blue Badge holder that was stolen.  I obviously must have realised at some stage that it wasn't such a sensible place to keep it.  Found it now in a compartment of a bag that I haven't used for a while, together with spare key to the car (which I had also forgotten where I had put that - a separate thing though, because I wouldn't have been that stupid to leave the spare key in the car! cheesy )
So, I paid out £20 to get a replacement licence - all for nothing!  Small consolation (I suppose) is the knowledge that perhaps I'm not the only one that this has happened to, as when I got my replacement licence it stipulated that the original one must be destroyed if ever found.  I'm also relieved to know that my driving licence hasn't ended up in the hands of some unscrupulous people, as that little card (which contains your full address, date of birth, photo and signature) could well be implemented in identity fraud - or worse!
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Post by Kitkat on Wed 16 Dec 2015, 15:01

Extract from the Newsletter from the Work and Benefits website out today:

(PIP Assessment is the one I had with Atos last week (where initially the letter told me the appointment for my Atos Medical Assessment was to be in Milton Keynes (about 65 miles away from where I live) at 9am !   I phoned them as soon as I received the letter to have it changed to somewhere nearer - I know there are places nearer, because when I had my ESA medical with Atos it was just down the road! I am currently awaiting the dreaded brown envelope ... they say the average time to expect this is between 4-8 weeks from date of the Assessment
- and  the ESA is the other one that I appealed against their initial decision and won my appeal at Tribunal), which according to this, looks like a reassessment is looming on the horizon)
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Dear Reader,

Welcome to our final, brief newsletter before Christmas. We’ll be back again on Wednesday 13 January.

In this edition we reveal that the DWP is planning to make it much harder for claimants who need aids and adaptations to get an award of PIP. As many as 35% of claimants who currently get an award of the daily living component could miss out in the future.

The move by the DWP is partly due to the fact that claimants are winning a shocking 6 out of 10 PIP appeals, the latest figures show.

Also in this edition, we have news that ESA reassessments have begun again after a break of almost two years.

PIP AWARDS TO BE SLASHED
The DWP is aiming to slash the number of people who are eligible for the daily living component of PIP. The cuts will be aimed at the 35% of claimants who qualify for PIP solely because of their use of aids and appliances.

Senior officials are unhappy that recent upper tribunal decisions have found that a bed, for example, can count as an aid or appliance if a claimant needs to sit on it in order to get dressed.

This, they say wasn’t the original intention when the benefit was introduced.

As a result the department has launched a brief consultation, ending on 29 January 2016, to decide how to change the system.

Possibilities include giving claimants who qualify for PIP on aids alone a single lump sum in the form of a voucher or giving them nothing at all.

The current PIP rules will continue to apply until any changes are made.

Any changes will only apply to current claimants when their eligibility is reassessed.

PIP APPEALS
The proportion of PIP appeals that are won by the claimant has risen to 60% according to the latest official figures.

This is in spite of the fact that all claimants wanting to appeal have to go through the mandatory reconsideration system, which was supposed to dramatically reduce both the number and percentage of successful appeals.

In reality, the proportion of PIP appeals won by the claimant has increased in every quarter since the benefit was introduced. The number of PIP appeals has also risen from 2,145 in July to September 2014 to 13,568 in the most recent quarter.

58% of ESA appeals are also successful, with numbers rising by 26% in a year, to 13,020 in the most recent quarter.

ESA REASSESSMENTS TO START AGAIN
The DWP have begun the routine reassessment of ESA claimants, according to the Rightsnet forum, something which has not been done since January 2014.

The announcement means that even though Maximus is failing to meet its targets and is losing money on the work capability assessment contract, it apparently now has enough spare capacity to begin checking claimants already in receipt of ESA.

Whether this is only in certain areas of the country, or whether it is only a small proportion of those claimants due a reassessment, we don’t yet know.

HOW FAR TO YOUR PIP ASSESSMENT?

Thank you to everyone who has so far sent us information about how far they had to travel to their PIP assessment. We have had scores of emails, lots of comments and some Facebook posts on this issue, but we could still use more.

We’ll be writing up detailed information about what is happening, and why people are being sent such long distances, in the New Year.

FORUM CLOSURE
Our brilliant band of moderators will do their last session of the year on Christmas Eve and then reappear on Tuesday 5 January – so there’s still plenty of time to wish them a Happy Christmas!

IN THE NEXT EDITION
Well, we still haven’t heard from the Information Commissioner’s Office with a decision on our challenge to the DWP’s refusal to give us information about the secret reviews into the deaths of 49 claimants.

In fact, they aren’t even replying to our emails now. Maybe by the next edition . . . But, we’ll be off to the information tribunal if necessary - we’re not giving up.

In the next newsletter, however, we definitely will be piloting a new feature to help you get as much information as possible about your PIP assessment centre.

Until then, we wish you a peaceful Christmas and a brown envelope free New Year.

Good luck,

Steve Donnison
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Post by Kitkat on Wed 06 Jan 2016, 21:11

(Copied over from Managing Pain thread):

@Kitkat wrote:Now I can relax and just enjoy Christmas.

Spoke too soon.  Crying or Very sad    The dreaded 'brown envelope' arrived (surprisingly very quickly) - found it late yesterday evening when I got home and the content is not good.  I needed 12 points.  They gave me 10.  Those 2 points mean I lose the motability level in the transfer from DLA to PIP (from Enhanced which the DLA gave me -to 'Standard Mobility' even though there has been no change of circumstances, and that means after 19th January I will no longer have my car.  crybaby   I am gutted, devastated - but not really all that surprised, going by all the similar stories I have been hearing about.  I am entitled to request a mandatory review and if, as probably likely they respond by saying they will not change the decision - then ....  it's Appeal and Tribunal time again.  head-bang    That of course can be a long, stressful, drawn-out process and in the meantime I am without my lifeline.   pale

Lovely Christmas present - and of course their offices are closed now, till 29th, so I can't even ask for the review till then.  

There really, really is no end to it ...  You know the saying "Just when you think it's safe ... etc etc ..."   rock

Spent most of the day at hospital with my cousin who's been very ill since before Christmas. He was admitted into hospital today, where all agree is the best place for him to be at the moment where he can be monitored 24 hours and looked after properly and ensuring he gets the necessary nutrients etc while they carry out some investigative tests.

Arrived home (after being stuck right in the middle of the rush hour) to find a letter confirming that my Motability car must be returned by 9th February, as the assessment for the transition over to PIP decision left me 2 points short, even though I was on the highest Mobility of the DLA. I have asked for a Reconsideration review, which is my right - but because there's such a volume of people in the same situation it could be anything from 4-10 weeks or more before I get a decision as to whether they have reviewed in my favour or not. If I still haven't heard from them by 9th February the car has to go back by that date anyway. Even if I hear the day after that the decision has been reviewed, I would have to apply again for the Motability entitlement under a different contract - but cannot do that before a period of 6 months. It's no wonder so many people have committed suicide as a direct result of the transition from DLA over to PIP, or sanctions incurred in other areas of Disability.
(For details, see Callum's List - somewhere on this forum). Might be in this very thread, I'm not sure, need to check it out but I'm not really in the right frame of mind just now.
If I don't have use of the car I am completely stranded. Couldn't even go visit my cousin in the hospital, let alone get to my own hospital appointments. I am so stressed out at this moment in time ................
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Post by Kitkat on Wed 06 Jan 2016, 21:45

@Kitkat wrote:(For details, see Callum's List - somewhere on this forum). Might be in this very thread, I'm not sure, need to check it out but I'm not really in the right frame of mind just now.

Found it through the Search option. It's in the Health & Lifestyle section:

https://krazykats.forumotion.co.uk/t679-mps-call-for-esa-death-statistics-to-be-published
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Post by Kitkat on Fri 15 Jan 2016, 23:09

My cousin is still in hospital. We had thought he might be coming home this weekend, but just been told that he's being transferred to another hospital tonight (St Mary's in Paddington) as he may have to have surgery. That's all I know till I go in there tomorrow morning. Another cousin (who is a nurse) is arriving from Ireland tomorrow. I'm so very pleased about that. She had already arranged to come before this latest news. Her timing couldn't have been better had it been planned so.
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Post by Kitkat on Thu 04 Feb 2016, 11:28

I am officially a statistic now.   What a Face

Nearly 14,000 disabled people have mobility cars taken away
By Nikki Fox
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3 February 2016

Nearly 14,000 disabled people who rely on a specialist motoring allowance have had their cars taken away from them following government welfare changes.
Figures seen by the BBC show almost half of those having to be reassessed for this support under the changes lost their Motability vehicle.
Many had been adapted to meet their owners' needs and campaigners warn it could lead to a loss of independence.
But the government says the new process is fairer and people can appeal.
More than 650,000 people currently use the Motability Scheme, which allows disabled people to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair using their government-funded mobility allowance.
The scheme also helps towards the cost of adaptations - such as a hoist for a wheelchair or hand controls - that the individual requires.

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Until recently, anyone receiving the highest rate of the "mobility component" of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) was eligible for the scheme.
However, as part of Department for Work and Pensions welfare changes, the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) began replacing DLA from April 2013.
Under DLA, most people completed their own application form and did not have to reapply once entered into the scheme.
With PIPs, everyone - new applicants and those already in receipt of DLA - will have to attend a face-to-face assessment by government-hired private companies, and only those scoring 12 points or more will qualify for support - currently £57.45 per week.
To date, Motability has seen around 51,200 people join the scheme using PIP.
Of those previously on higher rate DLA, 31,200 people have so far been reassessed for PIP, and of those, 55% - or 17,300 - have kept their car.
But the remaining 45% - 13,900 people - have lost the higher rate and therefore their car as well.


'She hadn't got a clue'


Despite being an amputee with spina bifida, who is only able to take a few steps, Christine Mitchell did not score the points she needed to keep her Motability car.
She appealed and eventually won, but is extremely critical of the reassessment process.
"I explained to the lady in detail that I wasn't able to walk. She asked me how far I could walk, and there was a filing cabinet that was maybe 3ft away, and I said I could possibly walk that far.
"It was so frustrating. I looked at my husband and I was near enough in tears because I couldn't make her understand.

"She hadn't got a clue what spina bifida was."


Some 360,000 people will eventually undergo PIP reassessments, including those currently on an "indefinite" or "lifetime" DLA award.
Disabled children will continue to receive DLA until they reach the age of 16 and those who were aged 65 or over on 8 April 2013 are also unaffected.
Liz Sayce, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, told the BBC "being disabled costs money".
"The Personal Independence Payment is supposed to help with those costs, but many people are being denied the benefit because they are not assessed properly.
"Sometimes that means people lose their cars; a massive blow which impacts on their ability to remain independent, take part in their communities or get and keep a job."

The government hopes to save £2bn as a result of the switch from DLA to PIPs.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35476904



The crux of the matter:  "The government hopes to save £2bn as a result of the switch from DLA to PIPs."


Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson said people's circumstances changed over time and it was right they should be reassessed.

"But rightly we have a system that allows for an appeal, a mandatory reconsideration and then if they're not satisfied with that they can go for an independent appeal, so there are lots of opportunities if a claimant thinks a decision is wrong to have that looked at again."
Latest figures show that of all the appeals to do with PIP, 60% have found in the claimant's favour.
Motability says it provides a support package, including a £2,000 grant, to anyone forced to leave the scheme following a PIP reassessment.
The charity added: "This helps individuals to remain mobile, in many cases by purchasing a used car. Motability has already provided some £16m in support through this transitional package."


(The "support package" which Motability says it provides only covers those who have been in the scheme for many years, i.e. 'indefinite claimants').  Additionally, they have to wait a period of 6 months before reapplying to join the scheme.

The report also doesn't say that once the decision has been made the car must be returned to Motability anyway with a deadline of 4 weeks.  The "mandatory reconsideration" is merely a formality which they are now forced to offer to people and which must be requested within one month of the decision and you cannot appeal independently unless you have first requested a mandatory reconsideration.  The average wait for the decision on this 'mandatory reconsideration' is 16 weeks - in which time you have had to return the car whether the decision is received or not - and once received anyway it will just say "No change from the original decision".

It's ALL a constructed plan to save money - at the expense and misery of the most vulnerable in society, those who are unable to defend, as already physically and mentally stressed by the whole process - the daunting prospect of defending their rights deliberately made as difficult as possible in the hope that as many people as possible will simply give up not having the strength or the ability to cope with the further stress ... the hope is that as many as possible will either give up - or die. ( Callum's List )
The lengthy, multi-paged letter that they send you detailing how your points were scored (or not)
- (I was given 10 points -  12 needed to remain in the higher mobility bracket) is sent to you in duplicate.  They say in the letter this is supplied to you to send as part of your Tribunal Appeal should you wish to appeal, as the law requires that those full details are required to be provided at any Tribunal.
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Post by Feather on Thu 04 Feb 2016, 11:42

I don't know why I'm replying to that, kk. There is no reply except to register utter disgust. There are so many other ways than this that the government could save money. It is totally unjustifiable. How can anyone defend such a callous policy?


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Feather, I have PM'd you.
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Post by Whiskers on Thu 04 Feb 2016, 22:36

They are seriously frightening statistics. And its hitting the wrong people. The ones that are suffering are the ones that are genuinely in need and it doesnt affect the con artists because they know how to beat the system.  The whole system stinks.
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Post by Kitkat on Mon 08 Feb 2016, 12:52

Well, today is the deadline for when Missy (my little car) has to be returned to Motability (due to the change from DLA to PIP, where I was short of 2 vital points to remain in the higher bracket for mobility).   As I had anticipated, the Mandatory Request for Reconsideration came back as 'decision unchanged'.
In order to avoid a further situation of untold misery and abject despair, I have now bought the car outright and so can hang on to my lifeline and still remain mobile. As from today little Missy belongs to me and my independence (and sanity) remains intact.

The Motability people confirmed to me that I am not alone in this dreadful situation - and that thousands of people are now in the same boat - even though it is through no fault of their own and their circumstances have not changed in any way.  I am told (by Motability) that the sole reason this has come about is because of the introduction of a change in the rules by the DWP (in other words - the goalposts have been moved ...).  The Motability spokesman reminded me that I can appeal this decision and in fact recommended that I do so.  Initially that was my intention, having expected that things would turn out this way - but to be realistic, after all the stress that this has already brought about, and knowing full well the further stress the Appeal/Tribunal situation would involve, as things stand I really don't feel at this stage I could cope with it all.  I have neither the physical nor mental strength necessary right now to go down that road - there are other things in my life taking priority and for which a reserve of that strength is needed.  So, that's how it is .... for the time being anyway ....
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As you know, stress can do untold harm to the body. The main thing is you still have Missy. Things could be so much worse.I'm glad for you, kk.


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@Feather wrote:As you know, stress can do untold harm to the body. The main thing is you still have Missy. Things could be so much worse.I'm glad for you, kk.

Absolutely!  And you know what .... The 'Thought For The Day' which has just come into my Inbox and which has been posted up in the 'Food For Thought' section on LAL for today [ Live Life Fully ] absolutely seals that sentiment and tells me that I am indeed doing what is right for me in all the circumstances at this moment in time.  Very Happy
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Nice one kk.  I know how much that independence means to you.  You've been through so much to get this far. you need to relax a bit now. xx
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Met two friends for lunch today in a Lebanese restaurant.  This is how my coffee arrived, served by a gorgeous Lebanese hunk:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4nfqk6fhdep6k5k/Coffee.jpg?dl=0 Very Happy

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Post by Kitkat on Mon 22 Feb 2016, 14:20

Saw doc this morning - as bleeding again, frequent migraines recently and also when I wake up in the mornings both my hands are completely numb!  I can't feel them at all!  After about a minute or so the feeling gradually comes back, but my hands now are quite painful throughout the day.

BP very high, and it seems I am anaemic too.  (Apparently I was back in July before the pericardial effusion (my stay in hospital).  Possibly low in vitamin D too. 
Seems they could well be things related to diabetes.  This was a different GP again - one that I've not seen before.  He said he reluctant to give me higher dosage of BP tablets (I'm on a pretty low dose at the moment) until the blood check is done.  I said I'm reluctant to be taking any of those things at all! head-bang  

Have to have a fasting blood check on Thursday, with a whole pile of things: 
(Not quite sure what they all mean, but looks similar to the one I had back in July) wary

CRP
FBC
FERRITIN
IFCC HbA 1C
LIVER PROFILE (LFT)
LIPIDS (FASTING)
TSH (TFT)
RENAL PROFILE (U&E)
VITAMIN D (25-Hydroxy)

As far as the bleeding is concerned, I spoke on phone with the Open Access Follow Up at Charing Cross Hospital. (This is a direct After-Breast-Cancer-Care team where I now have a support worker and they can arrange for me to see my Oncologist without having to wait to be referred by the GP - or speak with a specialist over the phone etc).
She asked if I would like to have an appointment now with Oncologist, but I said I would wait till I got the results from the GP blood test first, then contact them.  I did say that I [vehemently] hoped that it would not mean having to have another one of those nightmare hysteroscopies.  Evil or Very Mad  hairpull   If there's any way possible they can check things in some other way - I think I will just refuse point blank to go through that for a third time.
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Post by Feather on Mon 22 Feb 2016, 21:30

O, Cathy,you don't have your sorrows to seek. That's a lot of ailments to be suffering from. You must be worried and that's not good for BP. I wish I could give you a big hug--not that it would do much good. I always get more frequent migraines when my BP is too high. Your numb hands sounds like it may be a circulation problem but, if so, i'd have thought your feet would be affected too. My brother has Type 2 Diabetes and he has little feeling in his feet.Anaemia can result in many nasty symptoms but it's easily cured.Extreme tiredness is just one of them.Any lack of vitamins will do the same. You likely already know that the blood test before eating is to test cholesterol.
Last time you had the bleeding, didn't it turn out to be nothing serious?

Sorry to be so long winded. I hope you have someone near you that you can talk to. Explaining how I feel always makes me feel a bit better. xxx.


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Post by Kitkat on Tue 23 Feb 2016, 11:13

Oh yes, I forgot to add Tinnitus to that.  scared   Recently started, it doesn't actually bother me on its own, as I can control it - but could well be related to whatever else is wrong.  Wouldn't surprise me if it was actually some medication that's actually causing all this ....

Thanks, Feather and Curious, for your kind and sympathetic thoughts. sunny

Yes Feather - at the last hysteroscopy they discovered and got rid of a polyp, which they reckoned must've been the cause of the bleeding in the first place - but as I am now anaemic and the bleeding is obviously still happening, it seems now unlikely that that tiny little polyp was the cause after all and the root cause must lie somewhere else.
This blood test could well turn up something that might have been missed before.  (Different doc - different approach, perhaps).
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Post by Feather on Tue 23 Feb 2016, 11:39

I've had Tinnitus ever since my drum burst with infection when I was in my 20's. I had the jet plane high pitched and the low pitched engine sounds. I had to have tranquilisers to start with but got used to it quite quickly. Now I don't notice it. I do know that some tablets have Tinnitus side effects. You may be right about that.
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Post by Kitkat on Tue 23 Feb 2016, 12:09

Interesting.   I have just discovered this (on the Diabetes.co.uk site): 

Tinnitus side-effects with Metformin?
Someone has posted this question:
I have just been diagnosed with type two diabetes and am currently taking metformin. I have been on this medication for about a month and have just developed tinitus in my ears, has anybody heard of a link between taking metformin and developing tinitus could this be a side effect of taking this drug?
I woulld very much like anybodies advice on this.
readmore for the replies  arrow  http://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/threads/metformin-side-effect-tinitus.6694/

(I had been recently wondering about the Tinnitus and whether the Metformin tablet might be causing it - as it started at the same time as I started taking Metformin (I had been fighting with my GP for some time previous against taking this medication - as I was apparently just one measly point into the bracket that they consider as officially 'Diabetic') - AND that point sometimes went down on checking .... so still 'borderline' - which I do believe can and should be kept in control through sensible diet and lifestyle, without medication and its pesky side-effects.)
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Lets know how you get on kk. xx 
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Post by Kitkat on Thu 25 Feb 2016, 13:38

@Whiskers wrote:I see you've changed your avatar back again. giggle

Yes.  This one looks just how I feel at the moment!

Appointment at 11:15 this morning at GP to have this blood test.  After sticking the needle in 3 different places she apologised - unable to get a suitable vein for the test.  Said I would have to make an appointment for another day.

  Well, after having fasted since midnight the night before I was non too pleased to hear this.  Suggested to her could I not go to the walk-in health centre place up the road where you take a number and they will do the blood test there.  She said yes, you could try there and confirmed that they were open at this time - so why couldn't she suggest that then instead of talking about waiting another few days for another stupid appointment - when most likely she wouldn't be able to do it then either.  Evil or Very Mad

Went straight up to the walk-in place (which I couldn't have done if I didn't have the car  judge ) and got seen and 'done' straight away.  The phlebotomist complained that this girl seems to be incompetent - as she had "ruined" 3 perfectly good places which he could have used but by sticking the needle in there she had virtually 'put a knot' in the places, so they not available for him to do it.  He eventually found a place just a fraction of a space away from one of her "ruined" markers - and all done.  
They also have a nice little cafeteria there and I was able to kill my increasing hunger pangs immediately after with a delicious spicy lentil soup and a tasty macaroni cheese to follow.

Another wait now for the results, which should be at my GP by about Wednesday.
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I'm also thinking of you, let us know how you're doing.happyheart
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Post by Kitkat on Thu 10 Mar 2016, 13:03

Well, saw GP today as blood test results are now back.  I am not anaemic.  The bleeding is a separate thing and now that I have the blood test results I will arrange to go and see my oncologist (doc says ASAP!) regarding that matter.  Doing that now.

The thing that's been causing all the recent problems, the headaches, numb hands in the morning and painful throughout the day, crumbling teeth(!) and the general fatigue etc - is because I am severely deficient in Vitamin D.  I have been given a prescription for tablets to take twice a week for 10 weeks and then afterwards to get a regular daily Vit D supplement from the chemist.
My BP was perfect today.  Doc reckons I may have had some sort of viral infection on my last visit to him.  I certainly felt much better today than I was on that day.


The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are sometimes vague and can include tiredness and general aches and pains. Some people may not have any symptoms at all. If you have a severe vitamin D deficiency you may have pain in your bones and weakness, which may mean you have difficulty getting around.

I am copying this up from the web, as it's quite informative and something that can maybe affect all of us at some stage.  It's from an American site, but it's a good, overall reliable one.


7 Signs You May Have a Vitamin D Deficiency
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By Dr. Mercola

Vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common in the US, but many Americans mistakenly believe they aren't at risk because they consume vitamin-D-fortified foods (such as milk).
There are very few foods that actually have therapeutic levels of vitamin D naturally and even fortified foods do not contain enough vitamin D to support your health needs.
Despite its name, vitamin D is not a regular vitamin. It's actually a steroid hormone that you are designed to obtain primarily through sun exposure, not via your diet.

Just How Widespread Is Vitamin D Deficiency?


Before the year 2000, very few doctors ever considered the possibility that you might be vitamin D deficient.
But as the technology to measure vitamin D became inexpensive and widely available, more and more studies were done, and it became increasingly clear that vitamin D deficiency was absolutely rampant. For example, according to one of the leading vitamin D researchers, Dr. Michael Holick:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 32 percent of children and adults throughout the US were vitamin D deficient -- and this is grossly underestimated as they used vitamin D levels that were not consistent with optimal health.
  • The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that 50 percent of children aged one to five years, and 70 percent of children between the ages of six and 11, are deficient or insufficient in vitamin D
  • Researchers such as Dr. Holick estimate that 50 percent of the general population is at risk of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency

Researchers have also noted that vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in adults of all ages who always wear sun protection (which blocks vitamin D production) or limit their outdoor activities.1 People with increased skin pigmentation (such as those whose ancestors are from Africa, the Middle East, or India) are also at risk, as are the elderly.
It's estimated that over 95 percent of US senior citizens may be deficient in vitamin D, not only because they tend to spend a lot of time indoors but also because they produce less in response to sun exposure (a person over the age of 70 produces about 30 percent less vitamin D than a younger person with the same sun exposure).2

7 Signs You May Be Vitamin D Deficient


The only way to know for sure if you're vitamin D deficient is via blood testing. However, there are some signs and symptoms to be aware of as well. If any of the following apply to you, you should get your vitamin D levels tested sooner rather than later.
1. You Have Darker Skin
African Americans are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency, because if you have dark skin, you may need as much as 10 times more sun exposure to produce the same amount of vitamin D as a person with pale skin!
As Dr. Holick explained, your skin pigment acts as a natural sunscreen, so the more pigment you have, the more time you'll need to spend in the sun to make adequate amounts of vitamin D.
2. You Feel "Blue"
Serotonin, the brain hormone associated with mood elevation, rises with exposure to bright light and falls with decreased sun exposure. In 2006, scientists evaluated the effects of vitamin D on the mental health of 80 elderly patients and found those with the lowest levels of vitamin D were 11 times more prone to be depressed than those who received healthy doses.3
3. You're 50 or Older
As mentioned, as you get older your skin doesn't make as much vitamin D in response to sun exposure. At the same time, your kidneys become less efficient at converting vitamin D into the form used by your body and older adults tend to spend more time indoors (i.e. getting even less sun exposure and therefore vitamin D).
4. You're Overweight or Obese (or Have a Higher Muscle Mass)
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble, hormone-like vitamin, which means body fat acts as a "sink" by collecting it. If you're overweight or obese, you're therefore likely going to need more vitamin D than a slimmer person -- and the same holds true for people with higher body weights due to muscle mass.
5. Your Bones Ache
According to Dr. Holick, many who see their doctor for aches and pains, especially in combination with fatigue, end up being misdiagnosed as having fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.
"Many of these symptoms are classic signs of vitamin D deficiency osteomalacia, which is different from the vitamin D deficiency that causes osteoporosis in adults," he says. "What's happening is that the vitamin D deficiency causes a defect in putting calcium into the collagen matrix into your skeleton. As a result, you have throbbing, aching bone pain."
6. Head Sweating
According to Dr. Holick, one of the first, classic signs of vitamin D deficiency is a sweaty head. In fact, physicians used to ask new mothers about head sweating in their newborns for this very reason. Excessive sweating in newborns due to neuromuscular irritability is still described as a common, early symptom of vitamin D deficiency.4
7. You Have Gut Trouble
Remember, vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means if you have a gastrointestinal condition that affects your ability to absorb fat, you may have lower absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin D as well. This includes gut conditions like Crohn's, celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Optimizing Your Vitamin D Levels May Prevent Cancer, Heart Disease, and More




Researchers have pointed out that increasing levels of vitamin D3 among the general population could prevent chronic diseases that claim nearly one million lives throughout the world each year. Incidence of several types of cancer could also be slashed in half. As mentioned by Dr. Holick, one of the Nurses' Health Studies showed that nurses who had the highest blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, averaging about 50 ng/ml, reduced their risk of developing breast cancer by as much as 50 percent. Similarly, a Canadian study done by Dr. Knight showed that women who reported having the most sun exposure as a teenager and young adult had almost a 70 percent reduced risk of developing breast cancer. Dr. Holick noted:
"Studies have shown that if you improve your vitamin D status, it reduces risk of colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and a whole host of other deadly cancers by 30 to 50 percent. You're correct. Cancer is a big deal. You need to realize that vitamin D is playing a very important role in helping to maintain cell growth and to help fight cancer when a cancer cell is developing in your body."
Vitamin D also fights infections, including colds and the flu, as it regulates the expression of genes that influence your immune system to attack and destroy bacteria and viruses. In this interview above, Dr. Holick expounds on these and many other health benefits of vitamin D. For instance, optimizing your vitamin D levels can help protect against:

  • Cardiovascular disease. Vitamin D is very important for reducing hypertension, atherosclerotic heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. According to Dr. Holick, one study showed that vitamin D deficiency increased the risk of heart attack by 50 percent. What's worse, if you have a heart attack and you're vitamin D deficient, your risk of dying from that heart attack creeps up to nearly 100 percent!
  • Autoimmune diseases. Vitamin D is a potent immune modulator, making it very important for the prevention of autoimmune diseases, like multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Infections, including influenza. It also helps you fight infections of all kinds. A study done in Japan, for example, showed that schoolchildren taking 1,200 units of vitamin D per day during winter reduced their risk of getting influenza A infection by about 40 percent. I believe it's far more prudent, safer, less expensive, and most importantly, far more effective to optimize your vitamin D levels than to get vaccinated against the flu.
  • DNA repair and metabolic processes. One of Dr. Holick's studies showed that healthy volunteers taking 2,000 IUs of vitamin D per day for a few months up-regulated 291 different genes that control up to 80 different metabolic processes, from improving DNA repair to having effect on autoxidation (oxidation that occurs in the presence of oxygen and/or UV radiation, which has implications for aging and cancer, for example), boosting your immune system and many other biological processes.


How Much Vitamin D Do You Need for Optimal Health?


When it comes to vitamin D, you don't want to be in the "average" or "normal" range, you want to be in the "optimal" range. The reason for this is that as the years have gone by, researchers have progressively moved that range upward. At present, based on the evaluation of healthy populations that get plenty of natural sun exposure, the optimal range for general health appears to be somewhere between 50 and 70 ng/ml. As for how to optimize your vitamin D levels, I firmly believe that appropriate sun exposure is the best way. In fact, I personally have not taken a vitamin D supplement for three or four years, yet my levels are in the 70 ng/ml range.
Generally speaking, this will be when your skin turns the lightest shade of pink or, as Dr. Holick recommends, about half of the time you suspect it would take you to get a mild sunburn (So if you know you tend to get sunburned after 30 minutes, you'd want to stay in the sun for about 15 minutes). How long you need to stay in the sun varies greatly depending on the factors below:
Antioxidant levels and diet in general Age
Skin color and/or current tan level Use of sunscreen
Latitude and altitude (elevation) Cloud cover and pollution
Ozone layer Surface reflection
Season Time of day
Weight

If you can't get enough sunshine for whatever reason, then a safe tanning bed would be your next best option. Most tanning equipment uses magnetic ballasts to generate light. These magnetic ballasts are well-known sources of EMFs that can contribute to cancer. If you hear a loud buzzing noise while in a tanning bed, it has a magnetic ballast system. I strongly recommend you avoid these types of beds and restrict your use of tanning beds to those that use electronic ballasts.
If your circumstances don't allow you to access the sun or a safe tanning bed, then you really only have one option if you want to raise your vitamin D, and that is to take a vitamin D supplement. As a general guideline, research by GrassrootsHealth suggests that adults need about 8,000 IUs per day to achieve a serum level of 40 ng/ml. If you do opt for a vitamin D supplement, please remember that you also need to boost your intake of vitamin K2 through food and/or a supplement. If you're getting your vitamin D from the sun, this is not as critical, although you'd be wise to make sure you're getting sufficient amounts of vitamin K2 from your diet either way.

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Re: Kitkat's KK Blog

Post by Curious on Sat 12 Mar 2016, 08:27

Thank you for posting this information, I've been taking Vitamin D supplements for a few years.

I'll once again say that I send you all the best wishes for your good health K.K.
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Post by Whiskers on Mon 14 Mar 2016, 14:09

All the members of my family take a daily dose of Actimel yoghurt drink every day.  Its got vitamin D and B6 in it and just the right amount of everything needed to keep the immune system working and healthy.  :thumb:   Pleasant to take and no side affects!

Actimel contains vitamins B6 and D which support the normal function of the immune system.

Actimel also remains a source of calcium, which helps maintain normal teeth and bones.


Hope you feel better soon KK. Sending all my best wishes too. Got some sun here today. I hope you have it where you are so you can get some of the natural vitamin D benefit. Still a bit cold though so you need to wrap up warm even in the sun.
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Post by Kitkat on Wed 16 Mar 2016, 14:46

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Just been out to my car to find that my Blue Badge parking card has been stolen again!   This time it's the passenger window that's been shattered.  Waiting for the Police to arrive now - and also Autoglass (to come and do a temporary security repair - can't get the new permanent window fitted until Friday).  That's gonna cost £75.

I have been advised that there is a special security lock that you can get.  This means forking out another £30, but it seems the only kind of protection available.  Unfortunately, I have to keep the card permanently in the car as I live in a controlled parking zone.


Blue Badge Protectors have been promoted by the Metropolitan Police to help reduce Blue Badge theft for more than 7 years. People using the blue badge protector are less likely to have the inconvenience of having their car broken into for the badge as the Protector is a visible deterrent. In the long term we hope that this will benefit both blue badge holders and councils who up until now have spent time and money reissuing stolen badges. Thousands of Blue Badges are stolen from parked cars every year, and this figure appears to be rising with time. The initial break-in causes great distress, and it can then take up to six weeks to replace disabled badges, during which time owners are seriously compromised when parking.
The Blue Badge Protector is a simple deterrent and provides effective security for all badge holders:
•    Badges are locked into a rigid protector sleeve
•    Flexible, sturdy lock attaches to the steering wheel
•    Visible deterrent saves the mess, distress and expense of a break-in
•    Single (for the badge) or double (for the badge and clock) protectors available


My plans for St Patrick's Day tomorrow will have to be scrapped now. 

I'm just a little bit fed up today.  sigh
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Post by Whiskers on Wed 16 Mar 2016, 18:50

OMG KitKat!  I cant believe this has happened to you again.  Do you think its the same people that stole it before?  What bad luck you have been having.  What can I say. Yes it would be wise to fix a security lock. even if you have to pay out for one now it could save you a lot of stress in the long run.
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Post by Kitkat on Tue 22 Mar 2016, 14:25

In light of the terrible events in Brussels today, I am so relieved (in one sense); ... my niece and her OH had been visiting here over the weekend and just travelled back yesterday to The Hague where they live, travelling by train with a change of train at Brussels and then on through to Holland.  Thank goodness it wasn't today they were travelling.

What a terribly shocking, worrying and sad day for so many innocent people/families.
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Post by Kitkat on Tue 05 Apr 2016, 23:31

Well, my Blue Badge arrived at last yesterday (replacement for the stolen one).
Still haven't got the promised reimbursement of £25 from Autoglass.  timeglass    I'll give them another few days before phoning up again - should know the number off by heart now. (I made an official complaint regarding the length of time I was left in a very vulnerable position before they finally arrived to fix a temporary secure perspex replacement for the smashed window - as the actual glass was not available until the Friday.  They had given me a time slot for later that afternoon (Wednesday) but didn't stick to that and it was actually 27 hours before they came to securely close up the smashed window!  I had to pay £75 excess for the privilege - and following my complaint they have since apologised and offered to reimburse £25 of that back into my account.

Coincidentally, I received the Disabled Motoring UK magazine today (I have an account - this is a free monthly publication), and the first page is an article entitled:

BLUE BADGE FRAUD INVESTIGATION - OPERATION BODMIN
External Affairs Manager, Duncan Slater tells us about his day out with the Operation Bodmin Team tackling Blue Badge abuse in London

Hmmm ...  reading this, there's every possibility that my stolen Blue Badge is now in the illegal possession of a Spurs supporter!  Well the Police dealing with my unfortunate situation have scanned the details of the stolen item into their database and are actively pursuing this theft - but only because it's the second time it's happened to me.  This was not apparently done the first time round.  (I was able to furnish them with a photocopy of front and back of the stolen Badge on both occasions, as this is something I do as a matter of course - keep photocopies of everything).

I just hope they catch not only the chancer that's using it, but more importantly all the lowlife gits involved in this highly lucrative black market con!  On top of everything, I ended up getting a parking ticket - which I am of course appealing.  (I am not a vengeful character under normal course of events - but I hope the weasly jobsworth git cut his hand on the broken glass still surrounding the car while he so gleefully placed that ticket on my windscreen! angry )

Extract from the article:

A Blue Badge is a vital lifeline for many disabled people. Without a Blue Badge many disabled people would be stuck in their homes and would be totally dependent on others for help.  This is why DMUK takes Blue Badge fraud very seriously.  A person who doesn't need a Blue Badge occupying a disabled bay unnecessarily is one less space for a genuine holder to use.  If a disabled person cannot park at their desired destination they will often have to go home without completing the task that they needed to do.

Blue Badge fraud has risen in the last eight years, and is starting to be taken more seriously by local authorities.  The Metropolitan Police has not taken this lightly and is working with local authorities in London and their Civil Enforcement Officers to try to stop not only the misuse of Blue Badges, but also the circulation of stolen, fake and expired Badges.

The name OPERATION BODMIN was given to the Metropolitan Police and Hiaringey Council's surge on the Green Lanes area of London to prevent the ongoing misues of Blue Badges.  The operation took place on Thursday 25th February where 11 Police Constables, three members of the Haringey Council and two Civil Enforcement Officers went out to tackle abusers.  I was asked along to represent DMUK in an observational role to see how this problem is being tackled.

On the streets with the enforcement team

Within the first 20 minutes of the operation CEOs had confiscated one Blue Badge that was being used by a relative of the Blue Badge holder, and one vehicle was being towed to the Council compound as the Blue Badge being used had expired.  As soon as the public saw there was a visible presence and it became apparent that Blue Badges were being checked it was surprising, or perhaps not, the number of vehicles further down the street that suddenly had to leave.  From talking to the CEOs it transpires that is is quite common for a lot of the shop owners to use relatives' Blue Badges so that they can park in front of their premises without having to pay.  I spoke to one local who commented that "a lot of people round here buy Blue Badges to save on parking" and Blue Badges are sold on the black market for a cost anywhere in the region from £50 to £1,000, depending on the condition and if they have a decent looking hologram on the front.

After four hours they had confiscated three Blue Badges and two vehicles were towed away, and the Operation Bodmin team prepared to move to the area of White Hart Lane for the Tottenham Hotspur home game where Blue Badge misuse is notoriously high due to limited parking.  People take advantage of the Blue Badge's ability to allow users to park on single and double yellow lines.  To gain maximum benefit of the Blue Badge some frauduent users park very close to the ground moments before kick-off to get the three hours free parking without having to pay a parking fee.

As the Police and Council Officers started to inspect vehicles there were a lot of genuine Blue Badge users that were, again, happy to have someone inspect their Blue Badges as they had nothing to hide.  However, after half an hour more vehicles were identified as persistent Blue Badge offenders and had their Blue Badges confiscated on the spot and Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued.  A further three vehicles were removed and the owners face having to pay a £250 fine to get their vehicles back.

The main outcome that the Police, Council Officers and the Civil Enforcement Officers wanted to achieve from this operation was to make sure that accesible parking is not abused and is only made available for genuine Blue Badge holders.  People abusing the system make it unfair and cause major problems by taking up disabled parking.  The fact that stolen badges, expired badges and counterfeit badges are changing hands for various sums of money is in itself a criminal act that needs to be stopped.

The Police Constable who was in charge of the operation, PC Craig Carter, would like to widen this operation to cover all of London in order to clamp down on the misuse of the Blue Badges.  With the cooperation of local councils and the CEOs this operation will become a much more regular occurence on the streets of London and hopefully other cities across the UK.
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Re: Kitkat's KK Blog

Post by Whiskers on Wed 06 Apr 2016, 10:06

@Kitkat wrote:Hmmm ...  reading this, there's every possibility that my stolen Blue Badge is now in the illegal possession of a Spurs supporter!

I hope they catch them KK and they get their just deserved punishment --- if only for being a Spurs supporter. surprised giggle
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Post by Kitkat on Wed 27 Apr 2016, 20:54

Very long, stressful day today.  I had to attend one of those harrowing medical assessment reviews (the type of thing that is discussed here in this thread:  https://krazykats.forumotion.co.uk/t679-mps-call-for-esa-death-statistics-to-be-published#5877 ).  The worst part is over.  Now I've just got to wait for the results to arrive ... the dreaded 'brown envelope'.  Could be weeks before that comes through, but this has been hanging over my head for ages since I got the date for this assessment, which is actually a review of the one I had three years ago.
Nothing much I can do now until those results come in; I'm just hoping that justice and truth will prevail - it doesn't always happen with these things, as we know only too well - just from reading in that linked thread above.
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Post by Feather on Wed 27 Apr 2016, 23:53

I've just read the reports under your link,kk. This situation is more than a disgrace.In my book it amounts to criminal activity.It beggars belief that this can happen to so many innocent people who have suffered untold misery already. I suspect it has been caused by the proverbial pendulum effect because of the many shirkers who have made false claims in the past. This doesn't excuse the government's present stance.They must be morons not to recognise the difference between dishonest people and the genuinely needy. The wish to "balance the books" shouldn't play any part in their strategy where suffering and disability are concerned.

I hope so very much that you,yourself, are not adversely affected by the present state of affairs.xxx.


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Post by Kitkat on Thu 12 May 2016, 00:01

View from my bedroom window this morning

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Post by lar-lar on Thu 12 May 2016, 13:55

My favourite blossom. I planted such a tree three years ago but it died shortly after planting.
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Post by Feather on Thu 12 May 2016, 15:21

I have a big problem with tall plants. The winter gales kill them off and yet I see them growing and healthy in the town 3 miles away. I've lost a Prunus and most of my Escallonia hedging. They need more shelter than I have here.


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Re: Kitkat's KK Blog

Post by Curious on Sat 14 May 2016, 08:40

K.K. Your view looks so peaceful and relaxing.

Sorry I don't comment on your posts as I don't know or understand your medical system.
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Post by Kitkat on Sat 14 May 2016, 12:53

@lar-lar wrote:My favourite blossom. I planted such a tree three years ago but it died shortly after planting.

Mine too. happyheart   I planted that cherry blossom tree 16 years ago, along with the other two you can see in the pic (my very own Millenium Trees flower ).  The middle one is also a cherry blossom but a different kind, and it blossoms at a different time.  The end tree is a baby plum tree and the plums are starting to ripen now.  The birds love them - and the squirrels ...


@Curious wrote:I don't know or understand your medical system.
You're not alone in that, Curious.   In short, though - our NHS (National Health Service, UK) is slowly but surely being eroded away, as the politicians, big pharma companies and influential, monied individuals wheel and deal in the background ....
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Post by Kitkat on Sat 04 Jun 2016, 09:06

@Kitkat wrote:Very long, stressful day today.  I had to attend one of those harrowing medical assessment reviews (the type of thing that is discussed here in this thread:  https://krazykats.forumotion.co.uk/t679-mps-call-for-esa-death-statistics-to-be-published#5877 ).  The worst part is over.  Now I've just got to wait for the results to arrive ... the dreaded 'brown envelope'.  Could be weeks before that comes through, but this has been hanging over my head for ages since I got the date for this assessment, which is actually a review of the one I had three years ago.
Nothing much I can do now until those results come in; I'm just hoping that justice and truth will prevail - it doesn't always happen with these things, as we know only too well - just from reading in that linked thread above.

Have now received the dreaded news. The worst possible, far worse than I had even anticipated; I am still in shock.  I have indeed been well and truly added to those statistics.  I now have another long and harrowing fight ahead to endure. I will not be taking this 'lying down' as the saying goes.
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Post by Feather on Sat 04 Jun 2016, 09:33

What is the dreaded news you have received, kk? What long fight have you in store? I already know some of it but I don't think I'm up to date with it.x.


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Post by Curious on Sun 05 Jun 2016, 07:19

Please share with us what it is you are having to deal with K.K.
I'm sending you Love and Light. I hope you can feel it.innocent

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