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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 6/15/2011 4:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone
 
SSD called me yesterday and wanted to know if I got a lump sum from W/C yet and I told her no.  She then said "You got approved and that is a good thing that happened."  I had to ask her to repeat it because I couldnt believe what I heard.  Oh My Gosh!! i got approved!!. 
 
If I could do the happy dance I would be strutting my stuff at this very moment. yeah   I asked her when do you think I will get my first check and she said after she fills out paperwork and sends out approval letter then I will get back pay from the date of my injury 10-21-2010.
 
This will be excellant for me when I appear before the W/C judge in July to have him approve a caregiver and a stair chair lift.  i am officially disabled.  Plus one look at this leg and it will be won.  Yippee!
 
So has anyone else received SSD and how long was it until first check came?  Things are really tight in our finances at our house and I was thinking of our budget.
 
Betsey
 
 
 
 

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 6/15/2011 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 
     .....and yet..another member who has been appoved! yeah yeah yeah
 
          Congrat's! wink   We are happy for you!
 
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Chartreux
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   Posted 6/15/2011 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, so very glad for you...read up on Pete's trip posts,,,but your check should
probably be coming to you soon...well wishes to you and I hope your leg is
doing better...
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straydog
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   Posted 6/15/2011 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Betsey, congrats, could not happen at a better time. Betsey they paid me my back-pay first, it was deposited in my account about a month after I was approved. I was not aware I was approved because I never got my letter, instead I had money in my bank acct and did not know why or who it was from for awhile. Then about a month or so after that the regular monthly check came.

Hopefully, they will not drag their feet and start checking your bank acct to see if any money has been deposited from the US Treasury.

Again, congrats!!!
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Snowbunny21
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   Posted 6/15/2011 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Yippee!!! That is wonderful news!!! The extra bonus to the money which I know is much needed for you...that with the stress from this lately...I'm sure it's added to your pain levels....so this should help those as well as bring up those lovely endorphins and oxytocin levels!!!!..

So happy for you:)
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

sunflower7
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   Posted 6/15/2011 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I am so happy for you! Thinks are certainly looking up for you.
Now you can relax as that is one stress that is gone.

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 6/15/2011 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes! One less stress is gone. I just cant beleive that I got approved first time around. It is great.

I will be checking my bank acct online for US Treaury. Thanks everyone.

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er

momtofourangels
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   Posted 6/15/2011 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations Betsey. I'm so happy for you. Wow, first try. That's wonderful. It shouldn't be too long before you get your backpay and also your first check. There's a big worry off of you.

love and hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

wanttolovelifeagain
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   Posted 6/15/2011 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm a new member and if this is too personal of a question, then please disregard. I read in your original post that just the appearance of your leg shows that you are disabled...and the fact that you need a caregiver and a stair chair lift tells me you have a very difficult situation. Congratulations on making it through the red tape and getting approved!

My question is this, and this may vary from state to state, but is there a limitation to being qualified for disability as far as your spouses income? If that doesn't make sense, I will try to state it another way, sorry! When being considered for disability do you have to qualify as a family - income wise?

It hopefully isn't really an issue for me anymore as I think I am on my way to getting better. I have no idea how anyone works a full-time job (or part-time for that matter) who has to take long term pain medication. Not only do I have the pain to deal with but the disabling mental affects of it as well. Fortunately, I wasn't working when this happened and we weren't dependent on my income but I had planned on working some time. I finished my degree several years ago (while in horrible pain, prior to knowing what was causing the pain and had MUCH, MUCH more ambition and mental energy than I have now due to long term pain meds...all taken as prescribed, btw.)

As far as how long it takes to get your check, I remember when my father had to apply for disability, it took a while it seems for him to be approved but not that long to get the check once he was approved. I will ask my mom and let you know. :)

Out of curiosity, did you have to hire a lawyer? If I remember correctly my dad did, and that took a pretty good amount of the "lump sum" back pay. But it was a second go around, so I guess it was necessary.

Hope the check arrives quickly!!!
Subutex - 2mg daily, Aleve, Tylenol, Wellbutrin for chronic pain that I've had for six years. Arthroscopic hip surgery 2007; Compressed nerves in low back due to bone spur causing low back and bilateral burning pain.
Wife and mother of two children. I HATE what pain medications have done to my life. I have went from a very outgoing person into a low energy, unambitious person!

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 6/15/2011 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Wanttolovelifeagain.....My left leg is a nonfunctioning limb and that is how it was described by the pain management doc when i had my initial exam.

SSD is judged on your own income not the families income but that is how it is handled in my state.

I need a stair chair lift since I cant go steps to take a shower and I need a caregiver because I am nonweight bearing on left leg so I need both hands on my walker. I am unable to hold a glass,mug,food while manuvering with my walker.

Since I am officially disabled the w/c judge will see that and it will help me get my chairlift and caregiver paid by w/c.

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er

flower123
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   Posted 6/16/2011 4:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I am so happy that it got approved the first time:) Yay!

Hugs,

Flower

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 6/16/2011 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrads Betsey!!! I'm so happy for you!!! I'm not sure how it works state to state but it only took around 2~3 weeks for my lump sum check to come. I was flabbergasted cause I was thinking more like a couple months!
Good luck, I hope yours comes soon!!!
WTLLA> I don't know if this will help you but I have to pay a one time tax on my lump sum check from SS because my Wife makes over $35K a year. It will not affect my monthly checks tho and as far as I know, this is the only time I will be taxed! Good luck!
Hugs Betsey!!
Pete
When I was young & stupid I broke almost every bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men, both are in the Navy. I'm so proud! My biggest health problem>> I'm a certified Luny~Tune!!

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 6/16/2011 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Pete

Thanks for the info so in 2-3 weeks I will check my online checking acct info to see if lumpsum deposit was made by US Treasury.

My hubby makes $16,000 yearly but I will call my lawyer and ask about a tax on the lump sum payment.

Thanks Pete

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er

uniquelyme
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   Posted 6/16/2011 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, that's Great....I am appealing my case right now....Maybe I'll get lucky...

Blessedx8
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   Posted 6/16/2011 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Betsey... so happy for you.  Know what a relief that is....
 
--Tina

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 6/17/2011 4:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone

I know which creditors are going to get a portion of my lump sum. It was rough the last several months. I stopped meals on wheels...lunchmeat was sticky. Huband has put together a lunch on a plate with a lid. That works better for me tham anythingelse.

I stopped the caregivers..to expensive from an agency and my friend hasnt been showing up at my house. I can afford her but if she doesnt come I take a nap.

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 6/18/2011 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Here it is saturday....Nothing extra in our checking acct as of yet. I will keep checking my online acct for a deposit from US Treasury.

i Talked to my lawyer on Friday about my hearing in July before a W/C judge to try to get w/c to pay for a stair chairlift and a caregiver. It will be a pretrial hearing 15 minutes long. Lawyer wants me there in my wheelchair eventhough No questions will be asked to me. I am there to make an appearance. whatever! I will do whatever is needed of me so that I can get a stair chairlift.

This Wednesday I get my staples out and steristrips applied and xrays of my leg. On Tuesday I have an appt with pm doc. she might need to adjust my meds.

Busy week ahead for me.

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 6/18/2011 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
 
      Morning Betsey!
 
               How are the pain levels now? I can see where you may need a chairlift..and it sure will come in handy for you. Lets hope all goes well.
 
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shanbr
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   Posted 6/18/2011 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats!

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 6/18/2011 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi SE....Pain level is at a 6 or 7. I thought my pain level should have been at a 4 with oxy 20mg twice a day and vicodin 10-600 for breakthru pain. Staples are getting pink around them and leg is unhappy.

I have to call my lawyer on Monday. Today,on saturday, I received from US Treasury Dept a check that is considerably less than what I thought i would be getting for a lump sum since my injury which was 10-21-2010.

I dont know what is going on with SSD.

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 6/18/2011 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Betsey...I'm sorry to hear that you are having some higher pain days...

Just a gentle reminder that any narcotics are only meant to be one small piece of the puzzle to help manage pain levels...So it's about the combination of those, any muscle relaxers, nerve pain meds, acupuncture, injections, antidepressants, any exercise that is able to be done each day directed by the Dr. yoga or stretching, aqua therapy, eating healthy, etc....just to name a few:)

I use almost all of those daily and my pain is around a 5-7 each daily...Unfortunately....with chronic pain, those levels are pretty much the goal for our Dr.s....

You can certainly call and speak with your Dr. if you are concerned and ask him what his thoughts are and if he has any other suggestions to help lower your level...

As well as...it may be your stress level back up since you say your check isn't what you were expecting...So I know it's hard to do....but since it's the weekend....try to put it out of your mind and not worry too much until you can speak with your lawyer on Monday...

I know it's easier said than done...and it's good that you come here to vent as we are always here to offer hugs!...

So hopefully you can get some needed rest...and maybe even try to do something enjoyable to get some endorphins flowing:)

I am sending you some prayers and hugs (( ))
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

straydog
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   Posted 6/19/2011 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Bestey did SSD send you a letter explaining how they arrived at the past due benefits and how they calculated your pay? You should have received a letter about this. Sometimes the money hits the bank before the letter gets in the mailbox. I would call SSD on Monday and talk to them, they can explain all of this to you.

Since you didn't have a lawyer involved your atty may not be of any help. Also, SSD may get an offset if you are receiving weekly checks from the worker's compensation insurance company. I am thinking they do get offset.

We use to have to prove up how much our clients received a week in compensation and then whenever they received a lump sum settlement, SSD got an offset. Take care.
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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 6/20/2011 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to my family
The check from US Treasury was marked soc sec ins. I called SSD and asked why the odd amount? I was told that SSD does not pay the claimant for the first 5 months so I got paid for 2 months. Then every 4th Wed of the month i will get automatic deposit into our checking acct. I wish somebody would have told me that they dont pay for the first 5 months from your injury. Well gang now you know.

I am happy though that I was approved the first time around. and it took 2 months. That will also help me get a lump sum settlement from w/c when the time comes. Also it will help me get a stairchairlift.

I took a 4 hour long nap today. gosh I needed that. So when I got awake I had enough strength to wash my hair and wash myself. I am dressed and now I wait for hubby to come home from work.

It got to 77 degrees today but it is humid.

Tuesday i go to PM doc and Wed I go to trauma surgeon for staple removal. Tonight I need to rewrap with gauze my leg. the dressing is falling apart.

everyone have a low pain night.

Hugs
Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er

momtofourangels
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   Posted 6/20/2011 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Betsey It's good to hear that you're doing better and were able to take a bath of sorts. I bet that felt really good,

Let us know how your appointments go, ok? You take care. I hope your pain is reasonable tonight, and that you're able to get a good night's sleep.

love and hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 6/21/2011 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I was up at 3:00 am today and by the time my morning appt arrived i was exhausted. She kept me on the oxy for another month with vicadin for bt pain.

She was blown away that w/c denied me a caregiver and stairchairlift but I did inform the doc that my lawyer is petitioning them before a w/c judge on july 12,2011 for a pretrial hearing. She liked that idea.

My leg is puffy today and shoe is tight. Par for the course.
I took a short nap, but still feel out of sorts.

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er
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