SSD Phsych evaluation, Yep I'm a Loonie~Tune!!

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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 11/24/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings and Salutaions my Dear Family!
Well I had an apt. w/ a shrink for my SS Disability claim yesterday at 3:00pm! As you may have notice, I haven't posted in a couple days> reason being I destroyed my lower back last week and really did it in over the weekend! It's not easy getting around so I've been forced to take it easy for a change!

Using a cain just like my hero> {F.J.} I hobbled into Dr. Billy Jean's office which was aprox. 30 miles from my home. She seemed very nice and was very polite but very serious which is to be expected I guess. First she took inventory of all my medications which I had in one of those travelling toiletry bags guys use. It was totally filled up w/ my thyroid, 2 x B/P, stomac, head ache, 2 x pain, 2 x muscle relaxers, estrogen levelers, injectable testosterone, coated baby asperin, fish oil, laxatives & suppositories, prescription creams & ointments and of course>> AntiDepression meds! How did I know she would look up at me (over her glasses) when she came to the Oxicodone & methadone) but only for a second!!

She then explained how S.S. contracted her to look into my claim of ongoing depression and she would be asking me varrious questions to determine if I was or am depressed. Okey~Dokey anything you say Doc Billy Jean!! Q-When did it start? A-When my Father was diognossed w/ cancer> I was in college. Q-When did you first start taking meds for it? A-When Prozac 1st came on the market! And so fourth and so on for about 45 min.

I only broke down and cried once! A new record for me with shrinks! She asked me what do you do that makes you happy, if anything? When I answerwed, the thing that makes me the most happy is making my wife happy, thats what I live for!!! And the floodgates opened! She asked is that the only thing and I told her that hearing from my two sons in the Navy and seeing and spending as much time w/ them as I can was a close second place and I smiled as she handed me a tissue.

Of course she had to ask me about what was going on w/ my wife and I told her the whole story from being married for 28 years only once for both of us, on to prostate cancer to hypogonadizm which caused a near suiside then on to living apart for a year and the depression it caused then seeing a marrage councellor!

I actually think she spent more time w/ me than usual because she thought I was an interesting case! I say this because she told me that if I ever needed to talk to someone, to call her!! But then again, maybe she just needs the $$$???

All in all I think it went pretty well for the good guys! She told me that she believed me 100% and explained that SSD will have her report within a week. I told her I was hurting for $$$ so I think thats why she mentioned how soon they would get her report!

Maybe it's wishfull thinking on my part and I'm just setting myself up for a big letdown but everything seems to be going so good w/ this SSD thing so far!!! I still haven't heard back from them about the Xrays I was supposed to have last week at my physicall examination yet. That was when I was 10lbs. over the weight limit for their xray machine!!

So, if anyone has any comments, helpful suggestions or tips for me, PLEASE lay them on me!! Do Y'all think I'm getting my hopes up too high? I've heard that they shoot down almost everyone on their first try!!! "Yu Gotz to Hep me! Lord knows I kaint do it by my Seff"!!!!!!!!!!!!

Big Hugz from Your Blues loving Friend>

BBP = Blues Boy Pete!

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   Posted 11/24/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Well Pete it seems like your appt went pretty good.  I am sure she took the right notes and could tell you were depressed.  So I guess it is a waiting game. Patience Heh  hard thing.
My exhusband but when I was married to him was granted SSD while he was still on Active Duty with the Navy.  The reason why was I did all the paperwork for him because he could not he had RSD from several failed foot surgeries and depression plus we had plenty of medical records.  He was still being paid by the Navy for the last yr 1/2 of his 14 yr career but did Not work for the money.  He finally received a military medical retirement at 70% and later that yr 100%  disability thru the VA.
So do not give up hope I have seen several people get it there first time around.  If not appeal with an attorney.  Your best shot at a quick approval I have been told by others who have done that route.  I actually am in the beginning stages of applying myself for SSD.
Good Luck to you and your sons.
I was a Marine myself and my husband now is retired Marine.
Humour is always the Best Medicine!
Fibromyalgia, DDD, 2 herniated Lumbar discs, OsteoArthritis Lumbar, Migraine, Dysthmic Disorder, Anxiey, Panic Attacks, OsteoArthritis Knee, Carpal Tunnel both hands, Currently Double Depression

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   Posted 11/24/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Pete,
Thanks for another great post.  You did good at your psych eval!  Hopefully it will pay of quickly!!  Take care of that back. 
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.

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   Posted 11/24/2009 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Pete it sounds to me like your appt went fine. My appt with mine was fine too, I had no problems except I just couldn't talk to the guy,. he had to pull ewverything out of me. Once he realized I wasn't about to volunteer one word he started asking the right questions and even he was answering them, it was a hoot. He sure didn't hurt me I know that. Now, how long has it been since your initial filing date. Pete did you notift your arry's office about the problem having xrays made? If not please call and talk to one of the secretary's there and let her know what happened so they can document that in their file on you. Also let her know you attended the psych appt. Good luck.


<FONT>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 & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. 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 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 11/24/2009 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
    Pete....I always enjoy reading your post. I won't be much help with suggestions, but you seem like a man with a great character. You are simply a wonderful person in my books! Im sure you will get plenty of quality replies here soon. Hang in there, and I would say your on the right tract, and it always helps staying positive about it all. Keep us posted on your progress with all this, and I can't wait to read your next posting.

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   Posted 11/24/2009 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Pete, I wish I could offer up info on ssd, but I've not been on it, so...
I'd be denied anyways as hubby makes too much...
Now on over doing it, you know better so your forced to rest up, please make sure
not to over do things again...Lots of get well wishes coming your ways...get into your doctor, if the rest doesn't help...
ice for the first 24 hours then apply heat...
Hope you can get a low pain day for Thanksgiving...
Lots of soft hugz
good luck with the ssd....
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...


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   Posted 11/24/2009 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Pete, you dissapointed me. I told you to make sure you mentioned your imaginary friend to her. I can look her up and see if she could use a second opinion. Just kidding buddy. Watch the cane jokes I do have feelings. I packed them away somewhere but I do have them. I have been thinking about you. I am having 16 yards of dirt delivered tomorrow, do you want to come over and help wheel it to the back yard? Keep taking it easy, and I hope you have a great Thanksgiving. Blessings!

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   Posted 11/25/2009 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have any sage advice re: SSD. Susie is the expert in that department, but I would think that it's not a personal thing as much as a systemic thing. Partly may be do to not having just one piece of paper in, or one report, or something, or just that they deny people because it's your first try. No particular reason. So whatever happens, try not to take it personally, ok?

Hugs and good luck!


P.S. BTW did anyone hear the news story about the woman in Canada who had her disability discontinued because of her facebook pictures and information? I guess it was when she was on a trip, and she looked very happy and was doing things and having fun, and the basis of her claim was depression. Talk about Big Brother!

White Beard
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   Posted 11/25/2009 2:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I do wish you luck and hope it gets approved the first time for you, I know when I first applied, the thing that worked against me was 1. my age and 2. my training and back ground, in the end it was approved by the Judge, SS looks at it that just because you can't work in one job, maybe you can work in some other job, if you have the training an knowledge! Which is fine if you can! But if you can't then it is a problem! The best thing of course is to be honest and truthful and let the facts speak for themselves! It might or might not take awhile but if you are rejected the first time ( like PALady said don't take it personally!)

Good Luck to You my Friend!

White Beard

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   Posted 11/25/2009 3:51 AM (GMT -6)   
No one should ever take it personal if they are denied by SSD. I use to tell our clients, that I think if a person is capable of breathing, then they figure that person can work. Probaby 90% of our claims were denied and we ended up before an ALJ. Once we got to the hearing then they would win the claim. It's just difficult to get sometimes without jumping through the hoops and having a hearing. I have heard some states are tougher than others, I really do not believe that. The merit of the claim is based on your age, education and what those medical records say is wrong with you and why you can't work. This applies to all states. Now SSD uses these vocational experts in the hearings and those people are complete idiots. After all testimony is heard the judge looks at the VE and says is there any work this person can do and usually she/he says yes, then comes up with some type of job. Usually, the job is not within the person's restrictions so you have to start chasing down job descriptions from employers. Been there and done before. I do know in Tx they use them and rely on the VE's pretty much.
All a person can do is like WhiteBeard said, just be honest. There is no pulling the wool over anyones eyes because they have seen it before and this is what they do all day long so I am quite sure they would know the difference between something being real or something not so real, lol. Boy, think about it, don't you know they have seen it all at some point and time, lol.
I have not read what PaLady spoke of.  But, I know they do this when people file for short or long term disability. The ins company will hire an investigator to go out and video the person hoping to catch them doing something they shouldn't be. Worker's comp does the very same thing. Its called an activity check. I always loved it when some smug adjuster would call up and say, I have an interesting video of your client that you need to see before my company  files fraud charges against them. You have no idea how many times they videoed the wrong person, I loved it when that happened. That actally happened alot. But there was also times they caught them doing things they should be doing like, roofing a house, bent over for hours working on a car things like that.
Take care and happy turkey day everyone.


<FONT>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 & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. 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 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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   Posted 11/25/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like the appt went well Pete. Now, when are you going to lose that 10# so you can get the xray done???
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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