I've got a bit of a problem....I'm quite ill (see signature line for a list of diseases) and in a lot of pain. I've been getting worse, not better, even though I'm on a ton of medication. But I'm still technically working full-time....even though I haven't been in to the office in about
3 weeks. Vertigo has been too bad lately. But my employers are very supportive, and let me work from home when I'm really bad. I am able to get a little bit done, although not as much as I should be doing.
I think about
applying for disability all the time! It would be so great just to REST for a while!
But there are a couple of reasons that I haven't filed for disability yet....first, we're pretty much living from paycheck to paycheck right now, so I don't think we could afford for me to be on disability; second, along with my job comes the title of "scientist" which means that my employers pay for me to publish papers, go to scientific meetings in other towns or even other countries and go on observing runs to the BIG telescopes...a lot of them are on top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island in Hawaii (altitude close to 14,000 feet).
You can always spot an astronomer on a plane to Hawaii....he or she is the one carrying the parka!
Of course I've been too sick to go to meetings or go on observing runs, so none of that matters.
But I have a lot of unpublished scientific data that I share with some friends/colleagues of mine; we were all on the original telescope proposals together, and a few of us got to actually go to the telescopes and take the data. Several of us are coming up for our annual reviews in a couple of months; we all need more publications to help us have good reviews, but one of these friends *desperately* needs a publication. She's worried that she'll lose her job at the University of Chicago if she doesn't have something published soon!
There's a paper that we were working on that was really close to being finished before I got sick....I'm the first author and I told her that I could try to finish it in the next few weeks and submit it. I owe it to her to try.
I'm worried that once I go on disability I won't be able to author or even co-author scientific papers anymore because Social Security might find out and then pull my SSDI.....does anyone know how that works?
I will apply for SSDI at some point if I don't start feeling better though, even if we CAN'T afford it. Even if I CAN'T author or co-author papers. I just won't be able to go on anymore.
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