I'm hoping that my prior jobs will help with my case. I've always worked in a factory either running machinery or driving forklift. Definately can't go back there cause all factory jobs require heavy lifting, bending, stooping & twisting (I think driving forklift for 10 yrs caused alot of my problems). After that I was working as a home health aide which required me to assist with personal care plus housekeeping. I can still take care of my own home but I can't keep 4 houses per day cleaned. I also added in my filing that I worried about my clients safety if I needed to assist them getting into a chair or shower. Also, my pain meds would not make me a good candidate for any job working around moving machinery or working with the disabled.
I filed on line and only had one phone interview. I will check out the calculator you mentioned, Thanks. At this point I'd be happy with about any amount. Not having any income is really putting the hurts to us. We've had to cut back drastically. We are very stingy now with water, heat & electricity to keep the utility bills down.
If I do get my SSDI I will definately take into consideration what you said about the working part-time too. I DO NOT want to screw it up.