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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 8/23/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all!
Well I finally have my tooth in a somewhat painless state. I had the root canal last week and those who told me it's nothing were wrong! It took about an hour and fourtyfive minutes. My neck was actually in muck more pain than my mouth. Something about sitting there with my mouth open being tensed up that long sent my neck into the 7's, & 8's!!! Ouch!
But anyway, I had cancelled my SS apt. and rescheduled it for Tuesday so I'll be headed for their Ocala office early A.M. To get ready for my first meeting w/ them, I am trying to make sure I'm in primo condision when they see me. I went fishing on Friday and beat the crap out of myself or should I say the fish beat the crap out of me! I caught tons and some really big ones! Redfish, my favorite> Yum!!! Then yesterday I cleaned and worked on my boat then around our little farm untill all my old friends (pains) showed up to pay me a visit! Today I continued my workout by push mowing miles of grass! Out ding dang tractor is still in the shop! I mowed grass all morning untill both my knees are full of water and my left hip is burning like a volcano! My lower back is sending lighning bolts down both legs and my neck is pounding away even more than normal! My carpol tunnel hands are so numb I can't feel my fingers typing these keys and both shoulders have tightened up and are burning almost as much as my hip!! I have this stabbing pain below my right shoulder blade that the doc's never could figure out what was causing it that only apears after I over work myself> it's a duzie, very annoing pain! So we> all my old friends (pains) are having a party today! It's only lunch time and I've taken a break for a while but soon I'll be out calling some other old friends to join my party! My lawer said that when you meet thes SS people, they often don't get an good opinion of your condition by the way you look! Well, I'm going to make sure I'm a total mess w/ no fake limps or stifness, it will all be real! Wait till the get a load of me!!! By Tuesday, my wife may have to bring me in there in a wheelbarrel and dump me in their office!! So I'll check back later hopefully with more of my friends in tow! I hope Y'all are having a pain free day, as for me> I'm taking it to the redline today! I hope this old chassy holds together and doesn't fall apart like the "Bluesmobile" did at the end of the first Blue Brothers movie!!! We'll see???
Big Hugs to all, if I can lift my arms!!
Your Buddy,
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


PAlady
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   Posted 8/23/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
Wow - you sure are pushing it!!! I just wouldn't tell SS about HOW you got to feeling this bad, as I doubt they may have much sympathy for the fishing and boating activities. Be careful there. If they think you can do all those things, or that you're not trying to minimize your symptoms, I'm not sure how they'll see that. I know Susie (straydog) is out of commission right now so she may not be able to give you advice before your meeting. But I think they do ask about ADL's (activities of daily living) and if you or your wife reports all these things, well...
just be careful you don't shoot yourself in the foot!

And we won't even talk about tooth issues! Yep, it sure is hard on your neck. And some dentist's chairs are worse than others. But some also have little neck cusions (the bean bag kind of things) so next time you go to a dentist ask (or bring a small one of your own).

Take it easy!!!

Hugs,

PaLady

bsjaguar
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   Posted 8/23/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Good Luck on Tuesday Pete!!! Did you request this meeting or did they? I didn't go for a meeting but I also did my application on line. I can see why you want to be in your worst shape for the meeting but like PaLady said be careful. I'm scared to even let the neighbors see me doing too much for too long. The neighbors know I'm not working and have applied but they also know that I can do stuff but just not for long periods of time. Don't want to make them rat me out or anything. Keep us posted.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 8/23/2009 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   
PA, Thanks for your suport! I'm kind of miffed by your reaction to my silly post though. Do you really think I'm that stupid that I'd tell them why I'm so sore and crippled? I know I've done and said many stupid things in the past but in my wildest dreams, I'd never tell them {SS} about my fishing or my working around my house for hours!!!!!!!!!
There may be some of you who are reading this post who may think that if I'm able to do all these physical things, then maybe I don't deserve to get government money for not working. I realize it may sound that way to some and I'm truely sorry if you think I'm doing something imoral and fraudulent. In my defence I'd just like you to know that I've been seeing pain management drs. since the mid 90's, taking all the meds they have prescribed me, getting so many injections I've lost count and as a final recourse have had several surgeries and procedures to try to control the deabillitating pain throughout my body! I have worked while in horrable pain for years and years against my drs, family, friends and employers advice up until 2 months ago when I finally could no longer push myself day after day. I feel humiliated and discusted with myself for not working anymore. The guilt rages through my mind constantly that I should still be working and be a productive member of society and the breadwinner in my family! With that in mind, maybe you can understand why I still push myself by going fishing and toughing it out to do something that I love dearly. Working around my new home is much more than just doing chores for me. I still feel I have something to prove to my wife. That I'm still a man which is hard enough already after what my prostate cancer surgery physically did to manhood. I just can't go down without a fight even though the battle is with myself and raging in my body 24 hrs a day!!!!!
Jag, thanks for posting, I really do apreciate the support. As far as any neighbors seeing me, I don't have any that close here at my new home and don't know any yet anyway. As for my last home in S.E. Fla. where I lived for the past 25 years, SS could go talk to ANY of my neighbors down there and evry one would tell them how I've been suffering for years walking w/ canes, crutches and not being able to take care of things around my house due to my failing health and depression. I hope they do go ask a few of them! And the same goes with my 4 last jobs! Let them go ask how I punished myself day after day and still had one of the best attendance records of any employee!! How I kept a cane in my office just in case or how I wore any number of braces or apperatus trying to deal w/ the pain year after year. Please tell me they will talk to my employers!!
It's 1:30am and I'm still awake and in terrable pain from my stupid actions today. As usual, I beat the crap out of myself again. I don't know, maybe I'm trying to punish myself for all the guilt I feel. I have no one to blame but myself so why not give myself a good beating, I sure did this time. I'm so sorry for going off like this to you good people. I'm a mess and not liking myself very much right now and I hope you will forgive me for my dumb postings. I'm going back to bed and pray I can go to sleep as I have so many things to do tomorrow. I need to get my head right Luke!!
God bless everyone of you!
Your messed up friend,
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


PAlady
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   Posted 8/23/2009 11:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
I just wanted you to know that in no way was I judging you. I'm sorry if you thought I was, or for not assuming you would know not to tell SSD these things. I think I just know you as being so open and honest that I was concerned if they asked you questions you might answer in ways that could hurt you.

I sure do know you deserve SSD! And I also believe that even if any of us can do a few of the activities we enjoy, that doesn't mean we can work a full time job, day in and day out. That's a different story.

Sorry if I offended you in any way.

PaLady

Gretchen1
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   Posted 8/23/2009 11:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck.  I hope everything goes your way.  Please let us know.  I will be thinking of you.
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
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White Beard
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   Posted 8/24/2009 12:02 AM (GMT -7)   

Pete

Well all do things we shouldn't do, and we always pay for it later on, with lots and lots of pain! I know what I went through to get SSD  and yes they ask about all the activities that you can and can not do. Heck when I went to the appeals hearing with the judge, the SS person said I could be a used car salesman, the judge had me get up and walk around the room, I am bent over with a cane, and the Judge said would you buy a car from him?  Thge the judge said I wouldn't! The judge said he wanted me to have one more test done and after he got the results, he would make his decision.  My Lawyer said it is a formality you have got it! Well I had the test done in a week or two, and didn't hear anything, six months later, I got notice of approval and it was backed dated two or three years, and the judge ordered I have medicare part A and B immediately. that was 03-01-2002. Anyway for me allot of it had to do with my age at the time and my previous job experience and training. All of which works against you!  Anyway I do wish you luck and hope it all works out well for you!

White Beard


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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


bsjaguar
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   Posted 8/24/2009 3:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete, I'm sorry if I sounded judgemental. I know exactly how you feel cause I too have used crutches and a walker on several occasions. It is so aggravating to see something that needs done around the house but knowing that if you do it you will pay with pain later and also my husband will give me a ration of **** for doing it. At work I used to stretch all the time to relieve pain for a short time or just hold my arm when it ached so bad. When the SS guy called for my phone interview he asked me about stress and I was near tears. I told him it stressed me out now not being able to do the things I enjoy and not being able to add to our financial needs which are not too good right now without me working. Of course he asked if the stress caused me not to be able to work and I had to say no. I do hope your interview goes well and that we all get approved for our disability, this is nerve racking to go through.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


bsjaguar
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   Posted 8/24/2009 3:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, I forgot, my neighbor is right beside us and we call her Sgt. Jennifer, so you can get the jest of why I have to be careful. She is a strange one.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


skeye
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   Posted 8/24/2009 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck tomorrow, Pete! We're all rooting for you!

hugs,
Skeye

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 8/24/2009 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
PA & Jag,
No offence taken! I'm sorry for going off on a rant! I was just being my foolish self yesterday and paid dearly for it last night which turned me into Mr. Crankypuss!! I finally fell asleep at midnight last night only to wake at 1:00am in agony! Thats when I came out and checked the forum. I knew I shouldn't have answered you when I was in that condition > {pissed off at the world} and now I'm sorry I did! Please forgive me if I offended either of you!!!
Gretchen, thanks so much for your kind words, it means alot to me! I love the saying under your name> " I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits!" ME TOO!
WB> Your wisdom and experiance always seem to shine a different light on things, thanks for your suport my Brother!
On the SSD front, I am really disapointed w/ my lawers! The case worker I was given is a idiot so I called her supervisor this morning to straighten out a few issued and get some answers the "ditz" couldn't provide me with! I explained what was going on and told the supervisor that although my case worker was very polite and nice, she didn't know her *** from a hole in the ground! She apologized and said that she was a newbe there at the firm and would have me changed over to someone more experianced! Lets hope so!!! Then she informed me that I did NOT have to go to my apt. w/ SS tomorrow and that she would call them and get everything straightened out. The meeting was just to make sure all my paperwork was in order before they went any farther w/ my case. Since all that was already taken care of (supposadly) by my lawers office, I don't need to go! Thats a relief!! So I guess I beat myself up for nothing yesterday! The only good thing is that I sure did get alot accomplished! I did about a weeks worth of work in one day but now I'll probably have to rest for the rest of the week to get my pain levels down again> El Stupido strikes again!!!
So thats about all for now. I catch Y'all on the flip side!
Big Hugz to All!
Peace & Love!
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


bsjaguar
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   Posted 8/24/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete, is your lawyer someone local or are you using one of the big advertised ones that you see on tv. If I get denied on my first round I plan on getting a lawyer so I was gonna start checking around town to see if there was someone close. It would be nice to be able to speak with someone face to face instead of on the phone all the time.

I'm having another MRI on my cervical spine in 2 hrs. I have another disc that has been giving me problems below my fusion and I figure the more information you have for SS the better. I already have a bulging disc above my lumbar fusion with films to show it.

I don't know all your issues with your prostate surgery but to me the worth of a man is how he treats his wife by giving her the love and respect she deserves. When my husband holds me in his arms and tells me how much he loves me and how lucky he is to have found me I am the happiest woman on earth. I can tell that you are a proud man and I'm sure your wife appreciates anything you can give her and loves you for it.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


PAlady
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   Posted 8/24/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
We all say stuff we don't mean when we're in pain, so apology accepted.

I don't know, from what you're saying about this attorney/caseworker situation if it was me I think I'd go to the hearing - or is it several hours away from where you are? I just don't trust these processes. I wish Susie (straydog) was around to give you more expert answers, but I know she's not doing too well right now and is taking a break from the forum.

If the hearing isn't too far away, I'd go - using the "better safe than sorry" motto! LOL Even though it might be a waste of time. But I think a lot of people (I think I remember Susie being one of them, but not sure) were surprised at how quickly you got a hearing and maybe this process could move fairly quickly for you. Also, if all the paperwork isn't there (and if that means someone in your attorneys or doctors offices dropped the ball) you'd sure want to know.

Either way, good luck!!

PaLady

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   Posted 8/24/2009 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   

Well, from what Pete has described this was not the actual hearing before the ALJ. This sounds like an informal meeting that many times SS does on cases. When I appplied I was given the option of applying and doing my interview by phone or coming into the main office. I ,hose to do a phone interview and not fight the downtown traffic and parking. It is simply to be sure all forms are completed correctly and a question and answer time. The person Pete was to meet/or met with was an adminsitrative assistant/sercretary of SS's. not an ALJ. When an actual hearing is scheduled before an ALJ it is highly recommended that the hearing never be canceled unless its pretty much a life or death situation. This is due to the heavy case load at SS and the judges are real strict on the reasoning for canceling said hearing. Our office here will call an attys office and say I have these dates available for the hearing on such & such, what date is the atty available and thats how we set our hearings before the ALJ. That way it takes care of any conflict on calendars.

Unfortunately, for Pete all the hard work he did was for nothing as far as the SS claim goes. All it did was make him miserable and cause extra pain, not to mention the extra days it will take to get things settled back down. He ran the risk of further injury, its not worth it folks. I do not suggest to anyone out there considering applying ever do what Pete did. These ALJ's are not stupid, these are seasoned judges that know how to read medical records inside and out. This is one of the many things your claim is based on people, not walking or limping in to a hearing or looking like you have been put thru the mill. The judges do not buy it and they cannot be fooled. By this think about it, he has looked at your medical records very carefully and read them word for word.  He has mostl likely taken a highlighter and highlighted the parts of your medical records that fit the guidelines for disability according to SS. If the medical records reflect the patient is having some pain, but is back at work with some discomfort and that person walks in looking like they have been in a dog fight and lost-how well do you think that judge is going to perceive that person? Just be yourself is the very best way to handle anything with SS. It is not a dog and pony show.

You do get your chance to speak and use that time wisely. Don't run off at the mouth and ramble, especially if it is a yes or no answer. 

Personally Pete, I feel if you will just try to relax a tad and let the atty do the work you will be fine with SSD.  Your medical records says it all, its not about  how bad you look, how bad you act, nothing like that. These guys have seen it all and they are not stupid. Overkill can do just that kill!!


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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

Post Edited (straydog) : 8/24/2009 7:58:00 PM (GMT-6)


White Beard
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   Posted 8/24/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Straydog

I think you got it exactly right! In the end it is your medical records that speak the loudest, I let my lawyer do it all, and I am glad I did! My lawyer was hired by my disability insurance company, they have a vest interest in getting you SSD because what SSD pays they don't have to!

Good Luck to You Pete!

White Beard
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


PAlady
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   Posted 8/24/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
I'm glad Susie was able to weigh in on this. Every time she helps someone else I'm also helped - as I've lots to learn.

Good luck tomorrow, regardless of whether you attend or not!

Hugs,

PaLady

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 8/24/2009 10:29 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Good luck today Pete!
*huggs*
dani
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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 8/24/2009 11:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie, thanks so much for taking the time to post and straighten me out as I know you have had a tough time lately! As usual, I was pretty stupid, I don't know what I was thinking, not thinking at all was more like it. I guess my cards have been played and I'll have to just wait and see like so many others what will happen. I'm going up to Ocala in the morning to the SS office anyway as I don't trust my lawyer called in like she said she would. Last time I called there, I waited on hold 1/2 hr and I don't think my caseworker will have done that! I don't want anything bad written in my file about me right from the start! I have to bring them orig. copy birth certificet and SS card anyway which I didn't have when I met w/ my caseworker.
Thanks again Susie, I think w/o your wisdom and guidance, I'd never even stand a chance w/ my SSD! Thanks also to Dani, Skeye, Jag, Gretchen, PA and WhiteBeard!!!! You folks are the best!!!!
As some of you may have noticed by my behavior and poor attendence here on the forum lately, I've been battling off a bout of depression. trying not to let it get a grip on me. I've been upset for a couple weeks now and am slowly sinking down. A while ago, I said I was going to go see a shrink but then this costly tooth (root canal & crown) came up and I put the shrink on hold. I think I'd better call one and soon before I get any worse. The Effecsor has not been working too good for a while now and I think it's time for a change. Thanks for putting up with me and all my crazy stupid ways! I'd better try to go back to bed and get some rest for tomorrw. I pray everyone is having sweet dreams right now and have a great pain free day when you wake up!
I love you all! God Bless you.
Your friend,
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


PAlady
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   Posted 8/25/2009 12:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
Be sure to let us know how it goes when you get a chance.

And I can sure understand how the tooth issue sidetracked you! I feel like I've lost the past two months because of dealing with all my tooth/dental stuff. And like you I had other things that needed to get done!

Good luck today!

PaLady

bsjaguar
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   Posted 8/25/2009 3:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete, does your wife carry insurance through her employer? Not sure of your situation but alot of companies have what is called EAP or Employee Assistance Program. It offers no cost assistance for mental issues, drug addiction, financial assistance and other things. My former employer Procter&Gamble and now my husbands company Exel has it too. Thought this may be a possibility for you.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 8/25/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Well Hi again everyone! I went to my SS apt. this morning and I'm sooooooo glad I did! The ^%*)(&#@!!! attorny lady I spoke to didn't call to cancel my apt. like she said she would and I would have been a no-show had I not gone! The guy I met with was GREAT! He had a bad back and was temperarally walking w/ a cane. He went through my whole file in his computor with me and fixed way too many mistakes the my case worker had made! I was sick to my stomac that these people who call them selve "Experts" totally F'ed up my paperwork! Yes Jag, they are one of the big advertised national Lawers who were sugested to me by several people including my older brother who is on SSD! Thanks alot! The guy at SS told me exactly what Susie did, no surprise there! He said it's all about your records which they will be sending for this week! He told me that w/ all my problems and drs. that i stand a good chance of getting it on the first shot but it depends on what the records state and what kind of ALJ reads them. So it's anyone's guess at this point! I am so upset at the at my caseworker and that whole office! I'm afraid if I fire them at this point that they will send me a big bill for filling out my paperwork>wrong! I don't know what to do at this point. I wanted to call them today when I got home but I was so pissed that my wife & I thought it would be better if I wait untill I calm down a little. These people are supposed to be helping me and it's like they are sabotaging my case so it will run longer so they can get more $$$. The guy in the office kind of alluded to that fact in a round about way, he said he see's it all the time! He said if you win right off the bat, they get zip>nada,nothing! It's sickening!!! I seem to always be the one who gets taken advantage of by people like this! I can't even count how many times I've been screwed by "the bad people"!!!!! I'm sorry, I can't write anymore right now, I'm getting all worked up again!
Thanks again for all your help and support> What would I do w/o y'all????
Peace, Love & Big Hugs!!!!
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


PAlady
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   Posted 8/25/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
I'm so glad you went to the meeting! You know, ever since I've started learning about SSD, it's been my opinion that the main reason the whole system takes so long is so attorneys will get more $$. If they're working on a %, then the more back benefits you receive, the more they receive. Susie may have a different opinion, and I'm sure there are some good lawyers out there, and sometimes they're needed, but I have a hunch a lot of attorneys just put your case on a stack until you've been denied enough times. Just MHO!

Hugs,

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 8/25/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pete,

I'm glad to hear that the meeting went well! Definitely call the lawyer's office tomorrow, when you have cooled down a bit, and let them know that you are unhappy with the quality of their services so far. Maybe some well placed complaints will get them to wake up & start working like they are supposed to.

hugs,
Skeye

bsjaguar
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   Posted 8/26/2009 3:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info Pete. I did check and there is one disablity lawyer in my area. Susie told me to check her out closely and I will listen to her advice. Hope you get somewhere with your lawyer, it was probably a good idea to cool down before talking to them. I too can be a hot head when I feel like I've been taken advantage of.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


straydog
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   Posted 8/26/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Ok, gotta put my two cents worth in on this one. Pete, fire the lawyer now. Do not let it go on further. The guy at SSD told you right. If you get awarded benefits in the very beginning, SSD will not pay him one dime. Get out now. For once listen to what someone tells you. Hand deliver a simple letter to the attorney and a copy of the same letter to SS. All it has to say is" As of this date I no longer desire your services in connection with my claim for SSD benefits." And sign your name to it Pete. Be sure to put your SS number on the letter so SSD will know who you are. Get out now Pete, you would have really looked bad had you not gone to the SS office and met with the case worker. Be sure to get a copy of the paperwork the atty sent in to SS. If you stay with the lawyer then you only have yourself to blame. What kind of Authority to Represent or Contract of Employment did you sign with the atty? It should have the words contingency in it meaning if he wins the case he gets paid out of past due benefits, he loses the case you owe him nothing. See what the tv guide attys do to people. You think because they do hotshot advertising they are great-they have no idea who their clients are because they have so many cases and people slide thru the cracks and statutes run, not good.

An atty has no control over how long your case is before SS. Believe it or not, SS is really a very tight web organization and they call the shots not the the lawyers. PaLady has her own ideas, but she is incorrect, an atty cannot keep your claim pending to get more money, it does not work that way. SSD has a cap on atty fees, he must send in a Fee Petition to be approved by SS before he is paid once you have had a hearing before an ALJ. You have to furnsih them with a detailed itemized letter stating every thing the atty has done on the file, I mean everything, from sending one letter to attending a hearing. Also, an atty cannot pad his time on the file. What he says he did better be in SS file of the claimant or else it is stricken.  If he says he sent a letter on whatever date a copy of that letter better be in the file at SS or its nixed. I do not think people realize at all the back log of cases pending at SS waiting to get a hearing before the ALJ. Its incredible the amount of old claims still setting waiting to be resolved and then the new claims that come pouring in daily, you guys have no idea. Its a docket based thing as well. Naturally the oldest cases get set for hearings before a new one. There simply is not enough ALJ's  around to handle the case load of cases needing hearings, this is why the process is so long in getting a hearing scheduled. This is the very reason if a person cancels a hearing with SSD it better be life or death.

Not all attys are bad. Its right up there with our doctors, we have bad ones and we have good ones. Some lawyers are snakes and some drs are snakes. It very hard to trust someone if you have already had a bad experience with one. This is why I say pick and choose very carefully. There are too many resources available to check out these guys, I am talking about both, drs and lawyers. Some attys I know, I would not wipe my behind with their law degree, same as with some drs I know. I will also throw in many times we are the very reason our cases may get tossed. Not providing enough information, not being honest, the list can go on and on. Many people think because they hire an atty for something they are done, he can work magic, thats not quite how it works. You would truly be shocked if you knew how many people that hire laywers lie to their very own atty. Sad but very true. These are people that you look at and think they would never tell a lie too lol. Nothing worse than someone that lies to their atty, then when it comes full circle the atty is standing there caught with his pants down cause his client lied to him, talk about making the atty look bad.

Pete I am so glad you made the trip to SSD and got it all taken care of. Please do get to your dr about the Effexor and try to get on something else. If you need someone to help, find a good pyschologist, mine helped me so much. You know if you have been on the Effexor awhile it will stop working and being effective.  



Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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