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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 1/18/2010 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Fam's & Friends,
Sad day in Peteworld today. I recieved a letter Sat. from social security denying my beniffits. Strike one! I knew it was coming but to tell the truth, there was a little tiny bit of hope that I would get it on the first try. I know that 99% fail on their first try but after paying in to social security since I was 13 y/o I feel kind of like I'm fighting a really big insurance company. Pay, pay, pay and then just try to collect!



Well, I guess like Jag, it's time to send in my appeal! Who knows, maybe I'll get it in round #2 but from what I've heard, most have to go before a judge in round #3 before they even stand a chance. It makes me wonder though, which costs the government more, paying for all the federal workers to sort through all the crap & red tape we have to go through or just giving benifits to anyone over 50 who has doctors on their side saying they should not be working? Well I guess it keeps some people working anyway, right?



Anyway, my eye still hurts like hell, gives me a head ache just like when you get punched in the eye. I hope most of you don't know what that feels like but unfortunately, I do! Not only my eye but my whole body aches and I feel really crappy. I've felt this way since my surgery and it hasn't gotten any better> very tired and really cranky!!! I am planning on calling my eye doc after lunch hour is over! I would have called this weekend but it really isn't an emergency.



I actually slept untill 11a.m. today, I can't even remember the last time I slept even close to that long. I'm using the anti inflamitory/antibiotic eye drops 4 times a day but my eye is still blood red! I look like a vampire or some sort of undead goul!!



I also have an apt. w/ a new pain doc tomorrow afternoon. I'm tired of driving the 4 hours every month down to Palm Bch Co. even though I have to go there about once a month for my house there. I'd rather do it on my schedule than the doc's! I'm a little nervous about a pain doc out here in the country but we'll see?



Guess thats all for now, special prayer going out to all Y'all along with some big fat guy hugs! Special thoughts to my new friend Big Lucy! Hope your feeling better Lucy!



Much Love and peace to all my Peeps!

skeye
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   Posted 1/18/2010 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry Pete! Don't get too discouraged. Hopefully the second time is the charm.

hugs,
Skeye

merrygirl
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   Posted 1/18/2010 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I got ssdi the second try. I had a lawyer from the start, I would suggest that. I was only 30 when I got approved so it is possible to get when youre under 50.

I sure hope you get approved asap!

I am so sorry your eye hurts but maybe this new doc will be good!

let us know how it goes!
melissa
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PAlady
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   Posted 1/18/2010 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
The title of your post says it all. It's not personal, although it sure FEELS and in real terms (esp. financial) IS personal for us! But I'm full well expecting a denial first time out, but doing everything I can to make sure it's nothing I or any of my doctors have done that contribute to it.

Sometimes I think it's an automatic, but there are things like making sure all your doctors (and other health professionals) records have been received, and that they say what they need to. I'm amazed at reading my records so far what's not in them that should be, although the two most important docs I don't have yet (heck, one doc I've not even seen yet!). I also have seen records get faxed to the wrong numbers, stacks of records lying around near fax machines, be put in the wrong person's in box - it just takes one thing on the checklist to be out of whack and it's a denial and on to the next file. They're not going to put the time in to get it right, although you might get your caseworker to tell you if some records haven't been received, and be sure to respond to the appeal in a timely manner. I think I recall you already had an attorney. Make sure he/she earns their money!

Have you heard about the biopsy results on your eye? That sounds so painful! I hope that's also in your SSD file, as certainly vision is a pretty big issue when it comes to working (not that you don't already have enough issues!). Sadly, I almost think the denials are going to get worse because the government is going to try to hang onto its money as long as possible. Yep, it is like dealing with a big insurance company! And some states are worse than others. Susie certainly is the expert on this.

Please take care of that eye!

Hugs,

PaLady

bsjaguar
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   Posted 1/18/2010 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete, I know what you mean about having the glimmer of hope. I too had my fingers & toes crossed but still got denied. So do they still want you to drive truck with your diabeties? Did they give you any information in your letter? Just curious since I'm in the same boat. I see my lawyer on Jan. 27th so I'll let you know what I find out.

Let us know what the doc has to say about the eye. The eye normally heals pretty fast so hopefully it will be over soon.
---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 1/18/2010 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete, I know what you mean about having the glimmer of hope. I too had my fingers & toes crossed but still got denied. So do they still want you to drive truck with your diabeties? Did they give you any information in your letter? Just curious since I'm in the same boat. I see my lawyer on Jan. 27th so I'll let you know what I find out.

Let us know what the doc has to say about the eye. The eye normally heals pretty fast so hopefully it will be over soon.
---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


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 1/18/2010 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete, Sorry to hear it, but I guess it was kinda expected. I would love to be a little mouse in the office of SSD to see what goes on there. It is just not right what they are getting by with. You are all clearly sharp people and I'm sure answer all of there questions. What really needs to happen...is this needs to be brought to the attention...of maybe say a major new show! PaLady, Pete....and all.....I hope you keep us all informed on all of this...as I'm sure you are going to learn the tips and tricks to get approved. Hang in there Buddy!

Michael

fatherjohn
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   Posted 1/18/2010 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete, I told you to tell them about your imaginary friend when you went to the Psy. Truly sarry to hear that you were not approved. If at first you don't suceed, endure the long ride. Thanks for the update and take care of that eye. When you go fishing again you will need two good eyes. Blessings big buddy.

Chartreux
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   Posted 1/18/2010 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
was sorry to hear about the denial. Sure hope you'll keep on fighting it. are you using cold or heat packs on your eye?
Try warm compresses on that eye, use a warmed up wash cloth and wrap it around a wooden spoon and just hold it on your eye,
it should help. Hope you can get some rest tonight. Keep us posted as soon as you get the results...
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White Beard
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   Posted 1/18/2010 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete
I know that everyone says to not take it personally it is just the way the system works! But your human like the rest of us, and I know many many times I was told not to take it personally, but as hard I would try not to, I did take it personally, it was an insult on top of injury!!!. You hurt, you feel lousy, and you need the the disability, and you have tried to jump through all their rediculious hoops, and do everything they want, and then, they come back with their rejection! Can't they see what I am going through? Don't they care? I have worked all these years, and I paid into it, am I not due to get it? All these things went through my mind and much more! What more can I do? What more do they want? How can they expect me to work this way? Do they think I want to be this way? Do they think that I don't want to work? Don't they realize I would do anything to be able to work in my job? That I long to be able to be back in my chosen career and I miss it so much? Don't they see what all of this is doing to me? I know this is how I felt! Every rejection seemed to take its toll, it wears you down. You really do just want to give up and not hassle with it any more! But if you do that then what have you got? If you can't work then what will you do? I was fortunate that I had my military retirement, but that was not enough to live on, and help my kids that were both in College at the time! Luckily my disability insurance had hired a law firm to represent me, and help me through it! I don't know what I would have done without them! The lawyer just kept saying this was a normal process and it would all work out! And it did! But it took quite awhile, and for me I had allot working against me, allot of different types of formal training from the military, and they used that as an excuse, to deny me! But in the end it did all work out! But the process was a long and drawn out one, and it was not fun!

So Pete I think your reaction is completely normal! And yes you do take it personaly, and the rejection hurts! and it does bother you, but hang in there, and just keep your eye on the goal, and continue to play their games and jump through their hoops, don't let them wear you down! Or at least try not to! Eventually you will get it approved! When it is we will all be there to congratulate you! In the the mean time we are all here to give you our support and help boost you up when these rejections get you down!

Good Luck to You Pete and just Hang in there!

White Beard
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