First of all hello everyone from rural Suffolk
Its been a journey for me these past few years.
As a PCV/LGV driver, something I have been doing for 30+ years, I was diagnosed with cancer, I went back to work after the treatment ended.
Cataracts in both eyes laid me off again so once those were sorted out I went back to work.
In June I had a heart attack, laying me off for 5 months whilst I jumped through all the hoops to retain my licences, having succeeded I went back to work only to find that arthritis has hit my hips and aggravated an old spinal problem to the point where I now find mobility an issue. I had to resign from my job, I'm using a stick and getting physiotherapy treatment heading for hip replacement in the distant future.
Advised to claim pip I had an interview last Friday (not holding my breath),
Awarded ESA I have been told I need to attend the jobcentre to see a work coach with a view to returning to work.
Now here's the problem. I cannot climb into a lorry, or into a coach and even if I did get into the driving seat, operating the clutch is a no go for me.
I live in a one horse hamlet with no public transport and having been on SSP for months I can no longer afford to tax, insure or fuel my ancient manual gearbox car.
At 61 all I have really done is drive, going through the job searches I have no idea what half the jobs are. Am I likely to have problems at this work coach interview? I'm climbing the walls stuck at home counting bricks.