Wednesday, September 26, 2012

365 days to 40

Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me. Haaaaaappy birthday to meeeeeeee! Happy birthday to me!

I made it to 39 - barely. Now if I can just keep going to get myself to 40 without the drama I had this last year, I'm good to go.

My son and I are headed to a new restaurant in town that he calls, "the fancy restaurant" because whenever we're near it there's always dressed up people coming out. So it's our turn to dress up and go to the fun, new restaurant. We're both excited. I'm even considering wearing my 'dressy' outfit to get him from school. Just because I'm a dork that way.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Denied - Thanks SSDI & SSI

I'm in the worst mood ever and I'm venting. I finally got my Social Security Disability determination and it was a denial letter. I know that most claims are denied the first time around, and I probably should've just gotten a lawyer because my case was complicated. They probably got the 1"+ of reports and said, forget this - denied. So I'm filing an appeal and I'm getting a disability lawyer to get things taken care of in a timely manner. I guess even though Polymyositis and lung disease is in their little book of disabilities, I'm not disabled ENOUGH to get an approval. Apparently I should've tried to stay sicker than I am now. Perhaps a relapse is required to get them to approve my claim? Maybe they'd try to deny my son SS benefits if I died during a relapse this time? UGH! I'm so mad I waited all that time for nothing.

I really want to know how people survive without working or income while they wait for their cases to go through this process? If you have income while you wait, you get denied because you have money to live! If you don't work while you wait for months on end, you lose everything because you have no money. The website says it can take up to a year and a half for an appeal process - if you go through every level, not just the first redetermination.

It just really sucks. I'm a single mom trying to keep up with my son's care as well as my own, and now I have to figure out what options I have available to me while I wait for the appeal. So yeah, I'm in a really bad mood today. Tomorrow I'll be over it and be in motivation mode. Dwelling on the negative doesn't get things done!

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