I will surely keep you in my thoughts and hope that you too get some good news.Keep the faith.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! I got approved right away too.....now 24 months and you will have Medicare! Have heard lots and lots of denial stories, so great to hear sometimes they get it right the 1st time.
I got my approval on the first time through as well, with no lawyer or other help. I just snowed them with medical records. It's a good feeling. Now I'm starting to worry about getting my renewal approved. It really seems to be very random, and my brain function is at a minimum these days. My Dad got me through the first interview, so I sure hope he is still in good shape when the time comes. I hope I have some of your luck!!!
When I got all my doctors to send records to Medicare, I requested an d paid for a copy for myself so I would know exactly what information that Medicare would be evaluating. That way, I knew if anything significant was missing ahead of time and could fill in the missing blanks with records from testing centers, hospitals, etc...
It's always better to know what the other side is using for basing its decision, that way you can be prepared for the detailled interview they put you through prior to approving or denying the claim. In my case, I was having serious memory problems due to medication, so my Dad took and kept all the records and went to the interview with me. He was able to answer questions when my memory faultered or drew a blank. I am sure this is why I was approved on the first pass. BE PREPARED!!!
I meant strictly just collecting records pertaining to your disability medical issues. Snowing Social Security with paperwork in my opinion refers to every record you can find that supports your disability issues. That means any hospital/ER visits, specialists, primary care physicians, testing facilities, walk-in clinics (especially extra visits made out of town), etc... You get the gyst. Part of my disability revolved around chronic migraines, and my PCP had records for me back to 1979, when I was 14. That's when I first was treated, even though I started getting migraines around age 8, I never got any medical treatment for them, thus no earlier records. I'm pretty lucky to have records that far back, but I'm going to have to do the process all over again when it's time to renew my disability...not looking forward that huge task that's looming in the somewhat near future. I had my father with me during the interview, never contacted or used a lawyer.