In my post, Very few reasonable adjustments for disabilities, I queried if it was asking too much to have a routine CMHT follow-up scheduled for today via conference call.
To recap, I tried desperately, for a week to convince the CMHT Psychologist to do the follow-up over the phone. The cost of the taxis combined with the usual 40 minute wait to get one for the return journey is too much. I already knew that physically I was not up it and financially I really need the money for groceries and utility bills.
The first few times the Psych was going to return my call. Never happened. I phoned again yesterday morning and the Admin consulted with him. It was decided that a decision would be made today at the time of my appointment (1pm)..
As I stated, If I don’t turn up, the CMHT can be drop me from the service. The woman on the phone was quite cross when I pointed out the obvious. They’ve been seeing me for occupational therapy, physio (that didn’t work), etc. for over a year now. I’m not some unknown entity. I’ve had difficulties in at every appointment – to the extent that it often takes two or three people to help me up out of their very low chairs. And they never fail to comment on that and question why I am not getting any social care.
Suffice it to say that I finally managed to get out of bed around 11:30am. I didn’t feel remotely human until around 12:45. Already I’ve had a nasty incontinence accident and had to manage to clean myself up via the sink and change my clothes again for the second time today. I would have preferred a bath but it’s not a consideration having gotten stuck for two-plus hours the only time I tried to be that self-indulgent about hygiene. I also need help with showering, but as it’s part of the inaccessible bath.I don’t attempt it on my own very often – to the point that I feel really awful and grotty. the majority of the time. I’ve run out of perfume and body spray to mask any smell and it’s just enough to be able to afford deodorant. It disgusts me that I can’t manage as well as I used to pre-disability.
So there you have it; this was my day before I even needed to brave leaving my flat. Yet the CMHT are burdened by a phone call instead of a visit in-person?
They surely must be for it is now nearing 2:15 and my watched telephone has yet to ring.