Meg T on 05 December 2020
Q. Have you been able to get outside more than usual?

I have been trying to shield as much as possible since March as I am disabled & have a chronic neurological illness called Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy (DCM) similar to Multiple Sclerosis that may put me at risk, but because it's not so well known about, we don't yet know, so I & people like me are not yet considered clinical vulnerable. So I've taken it on myself to protect myself as much as possible apart from taking my dog for a walk, but because my condition is progressive, even my ability to do that has reduced even further as my condition has worsened. Indeed, my mobility has deteriorated due to the progression of paralysis that I have been experiencing, so much so I've had to walk my dog around the block whilst sat on on my mobility scooter & then with the current lockdown I've only been going out 3 times a week, which isn't enough for her. The past 3 weeks, I have been self isolating with my son, because I had spinal surgery on Monday 30th November & it was part of the pre-op prep. I'm home now, but because I'm in a lot of pain, I still can't go out much as yet & because I'm not allowed to drive for 6 weeks, if I need to go out for appointments etc, I have to take a taxi there & back, which is increasing my expenses. Additionally, I have to pay to have my shopping delivered now too, which adds another £3 minimum onto the charges. I am in receipt of legacy benefits, therefore have not benefitted from the hopefully not so temporary £20 per week uprating to Universal Credit, which would help massively with these extra unexpected costs.

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