Update on attendance allowance and Hips
I took 2 months to complete the form because I had appointments and I don't like forms so possibly procrastinated getting it done. I put a lot of details in the extra pages such as the physio insisting I went back to see a GP and ask for another ex-ray.
I ended up having one the same day and she gave me a prescription for the higher dose codeine and referred me to the Orthopaedic team.
Another GP called me two weeks later and said there was no significant change since the last ex-ray but that was because it was already very bad in the first ones I had. He gave the hospital a push for an appointment as I hadn't heard anything.
I met a consultant in October and he hadn't received the ex-ray, I ended up chasing it up at the surgery at least four weeks later.
All this went on the form and four weeks later I had a letter to say I would be getting AA and it was in the bank when I checked. First thing I did was order a rollator and some grabbers.
I had a telephone appointment with the consultant shortly after and he discussed full hip replacements as there was nothing else that could be done to improve things. He would do the most painful first then when that healed over he will do the other. I didn't expect to hear anything else for quite a while but shortly after I had a pre-op booked for mid January and the operation on 1st of Feb. I can only conclude that it was considered urgent to get it done.
It has taken a few months of self talk to get to the stage of accepting it must be done. I am getting crunching in my left hip all the time now so just to have that gone will be a blessing.
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