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I was apprehensive about going to this interview as I was scared it'd be used as an opportunity to try to take my IB away.

The job centre plus office would ordinarily be a half hour walk away were I well, but I allowed 50 minutes as walking is a bit problem for me at the moment (prior post in newbies- am not diagnosed yet- next specialist appointment is 2 days away). Of course that wasn't enough time as I was in so much pain and I had to rush so much to get there towards the end. By the time I arrived I was purple in the face, sweating bullets and limping terribly.

The chap conducting the interview had to give me a 'moment' before calling me over as I was in such a state. I'm not sure what usually happens but he agreed I'm not fit to work at the moment and just gave me some leaflets about permitted work, health care help and courses. He was genuinely sympathetic and made a point at the end of saying he hopes things get better for me soon. So I'd worried a bit for nothing. It did seem like he was 'on my side' and was only there to offer help should I be well enough to take it.

I walked home and had to stop to sit down several times on the way home- luckily I live near the sea and there are plenty of benches about :) By the time I got home I was drenched with sweat and all I could do was dump my bag in the hall, strip off my sodden clothes, lay a towel on the bed and collapse. This is the worst day I've had in about a month. I slept for about 2 hours and am too exhausted to lift a book. Typing this has taken it out of me and I'm going to lay down again now.

The point of this was to say if you're worried about Pathways to work, don't be, as it was fine.
 

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i am so please to hear your pathway back to work went well i have mine this Thursday i am worried as i have only mild sle but it is painfull to type and at the week end i was in bed all day Sat with sheer exhaustion, dont know why as i have support from family but got up feeling ill with a bad head, had a cup of tea and went back and slept the day away.
 

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They'll ask you what kind of work you were doing before and what you'd like to do in the future. You'll be asked what is wrong with you and how it affects you- just be honest. I told him I didn't know where to start and handed him a list of symptoms.

He asked me when I think I can work again and I said I had no idea at the moment. I got the sense that PTW isn't about forcing people into work, but giving any help they can to aid you into work such as courses etc when you're well enough to do it. Just tell the person what kind of day you have on your worst day and list all your symptoms. Right stuff down to take if like me the brain gets a bit fuzzy- I couldn't even remember the date when I had to sign :rolleyes:

Good luck!
 

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I got called in for one of these a while back, but because its an all day outing to get into the nearest office (I live in a very small rural area of scotland) and I need someone to go with me, I just couldn't make it on the day they wanted me. I ended up doing the interview by phone, and as Stephen has said, it wasn't a big deal at all, was quite informative, and not at all threatening.
 

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Hi there, I am so very happy for you that your work interview
went so very well. However I am truly sorry that it wore you out so much.
At least you did the smart thing when you got home, you got out of your
wet clothes and lied down on the bed and took a well deserved nap. Again,
I am very happy for you. Keep posting.
 
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