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Retired Mom
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   Posted 10/16/2010 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
 
I just found out I have an SSD hearing set for November 23rd.  I only filed my last appeal maybe 4-6 months ago (I can't remember well) and hired an attorney to represent me.  Thankfully she took the case a couple of months ago (it took a long time to get everything together).  It seems like this hearing is much earlier than I expected since I was told it would be over a year (and possibly two) before a hearing date was set. 
 
Any thoughts?  I really need this to go through because we could really use the money and the eventual medicare for me.  I'm at a loss and I know my attorney will direct me from here.  I just haven't met her yet and she wants to meet now to discuss everything.  I feel scared and hopeful, but honestly more scared than anything else. 
 
Has anybody been to one of these hearings (possibly in GA)?  If so, what should I expect?
 
Thanks for everything.  I don't think I'll be able to type much next week because of my hand surgery, but I'm just overwhelmed with nervousness right now. 
 
Thank you guys for everything.  I wouldn't have made it through the last year or so without you!
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   Posted 10/16/2010 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
My sister went through one to get survivor's benefits for my niece after her father died. It took a lot of meetings and paperwork. After they made a decision on an award for her and giving her a large fat check, they turned around and took half of it back. Then three months later decided they over paid again and denied her a check for five months and took her savings she had built up. Then gave her half a check for five months. Then gave her a full check for seven months until she turned 18. It was one pain after another. I hate government red tape.
Joy

damouthy1
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   Posted 10/17/2010 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Mom, I am still very early in my case (just filed in August) so I have no idea what may be going on with yours. I just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers for a good outcome. Please keep us posted. Take care.
Gentle Hugs,
Shannon

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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 10/17/2010 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello retiredmom!

Of course!.....I always wish you the best on this! wink

Lets hope they come to their senses and approve your request! wink

SE wink

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   Posted 10/17/2010 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
RM,

The hearing is informal and pretty cut and dried. Try not to get worked up over it ok? The judge will ask you about your education, types of previous employment, medical situation meaning what disables you. He may ask what your daily activities include, you will be asked basic info relating to your claim. He will not be asking trick questions, will not try to trip you up on your answers, nothing like that at all. You atty should meet with you prior to the hearing to prep you too. But, you have nothing to fear you will not be thrown to the wolves. The best thing you can do is one be yourself, two answer the questions honestly. These guys have seen everything coming down the pike and they are so seasoned they know when someone is not being on the up & up., they can't be fooled. Thats why I say, just be yourself RM and you will do just fine. The proper dress for a hearing is a nice pair of slacks and blouse and flats. Don't go in looking like a Zales jewelry store either, lol. Conservative dress works fine. I am sure you already know this, I am just use to having to tell clients how to dress for certain things. Some wanted to use say something like as dress up time and thats a no no.

I think its wonderful that you are getting a hearing already, awesome. Oh, one more thing, they may have a Vocational Expert sitting in on the hearing. This person looks at your education and work history and many times the judge will ask the VE if there is other work available that fits your limitations and qualifications. Just about all of them are now using a VE. Personally, I do not like them. I do not believe they are qualified to know whether or not a person is capable of working a job or not. I have seen them say a person could do a particular type of work when in fact they could not because of the restrictions they had. Many a time we had to get job description of the work they claimed the person could do as proof it did not fit the restrictions. All this did was delay things. My opinion only though.

Good luck and good luck on the hand surgeries.
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Retired Mom
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   Posted 10/17/2010 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for the reply everyone.

Straydog, I really appreciate you comming along and giving some words of encouragement. I would almost think you knew me when you said don't go in looking lik a Zales jewelry store. Jewelry and purses were REALLY my thing when I was working. Now, most of my jewelry (and clothes) don't fit anymore and I can't wear the high heals or the clothes with normal waist bands due to the irritation of my back. I bet I have more jewelry than a Zales because my best friend and I used to LOVE to pawn shop for great deals. Now it just sits in the safe for the most part and I've quit even trying to have them sized.

I read back in the threads and had to laugh at the purse thing too. I'm a BIG purse gal, mostly because I'm a stout woman for a short body and I "hide" behind the things that I can. Also though because I live in the South and it is really hot hear and I don't want to leave my meds in the car. I cannot EVER go anywhere without my meds because I can't handle it. The dilaudid kicks in in about 15 minutes and can make the difference in a breakdown of tears or a rest for a while. The Ultracet takes an hour, but you can only take so much at one time of either and be safe on the road, so I have to take my meds with me. They don't weigh much, but I can see how it looks like the purse would.

I have thought so much about this and I am a worrier (as most of you well know), so this is just another thing to worry about for the time being. I guess it will keep my mind off of the hand surgery on Wednesday and the Essure next month, let alone the Nerve Ablation I need to schedule. I'm just so tired of being in pain and not being able to do with my family the things I used to do. I honestly loved working at one time (just not the last job to be honest) and I would love to feel good enough to go back to work doing what I went to school for, but it is just not going to happen. I honestly cannot do it and I tend to cry when I think of all of the things I used to love to do. My psych thinks I am doing much better, but I always dress for my Dr apts because it is the only time I get out really. I've gone to shopping at the small dollar stores because the others are just too much walking and I feel degraded when I have to carry my cane. Pushing a buggy is horrible on the lower back too!

I also realize that typing should be a serious no-no with the double hand surgery on Wednesday, but honestly it doesn't hurt anything like using my hands to hold a pen or drying my hair or even holding a fork. My computer is the link to the world and I've always typed like lightening.

I won't lie and say I don't enjoy being able to be off of work because I honestly do not ever want to go back into any type of law enforcement area ever again in my life, but I really, really miss teaching the computer classes and feeling like I mattered. I'm afraid of crying my eyes out before the judge and I read that it is a bad idea. It wouldn't be for sympathy, but I can't seem to help it. I'm also embarassed to answer some of the questions because my step-father insists on going with me (he really loves me) but I don't want to have to explain about fecal incontinence after my surgery and to discuss my real weight or my issues in front of him or anyone else. I had the bladder fixed (mostly), but lifting the bladder up left the fecal incontinence a little worse than before. I just want to cry now thinking of everything that I can't do and knowing that I have to tell everything. I've also had to stop my injections due to swelling, so my memory is slipping again. What if I can't even remember what I have said or done? I do this a lot at home, but they understand!

Sorry to ramble....I just needed to get it out!
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   Posted 10/17/2010 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Retired Mom,
When you mentioned the hand surgery and how much you want to keep in contact on the computer. Have you considered buying the Dragon program? You speak into a mic attached to the computer and it follows your commands without typing. I bought one and enjoy it a great deal.
Joy

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   Posted 10/17/2010 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
retiredmom, I had to giggle after reading your followup post here......nothing like letting it out! smilewinkgrin

Its a good thing, so I'm not making fun of you at all....it's just that I'm glad you answered back and let out a good reply. It does help at times! wink

Straydog is a pretty smart member, and I always pay attention when she speaks rolleyes Well at least I try too! It's hard to remember everything posted here. wink

Your reply about the purse's made me think about my daughter. She loves them as well, and even has names for them. You don't do that do you? smilewinkgrin

You and I fall into the same category as worriers....I am working on that troublesome item though.....but I worry I will never get over it! :)

Again, good luck to you!

Take care,

SE:)

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   Posted 10/18/2010 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
RM since you got somethings off your chest in your post lets hope that you don't get emotional at your hearing, maybe you have gotten that out of the way for now. If you feel it building back up between now & hearing time just come here and let it out. Oh darn, I did forget the big purse too, leave it at home. Get a smaller purse to put your meds in to carry with you. I take Dilaudid for BT pain but mine are one taken every 6 hours and I am never away from home 6 hours. I don't like carrying medication so I leave mine at home. I could not last away from home 6 hours even on a good day, lol.

You would not believe how some of our clients would dress for court or depositions so we always had to throw in proper attire when talking to them about such things. I have had them show up in tank tops for depos only to hide them in my office and let the defense atty set in the conference room a few minutes then go in and say the client was a no show. I saw a judge dress down an atty one time for showing up in his court in a pair of slacks and a polo style shirt. OMG, that judge was all over this guy and he really deserved it because this judge was real well known for how things were ran in his court room. He had quite a reputation, lol. Anyway, the judge asked the atty if he owned a suit and tie and when he answered yes, he wanted to know why he did not have it on, the idiot answered well judge I am here for a 20 minute hearing and it costs me money to have my suits cleaned every time I put one on. He was lucky the judge hadn't thrown him in jail. What an idiot, the judge felt he was being disrespectful for not dressing properly.

I had to retire my actual high heels at an early age because of bad knees. So I went into a two inch heel, granny shoes I called them lol. I bet now those 2 inch heels probably feels like being on stilts, lol. No more business suits, no more 2 inch heels for me either. I still wear some jewelry, earrings and I do like my necklaces. My good jewelry is locked up and I no longer wear it. Just does not look right with my current attire, lol. Its funny how even our dress changes with things.

Again, the hearing is informal and try not to worry although you will. It is not going to be as bad as you think. Now, I do understand not wanting some people to hear all details. Perhaps you could ask him to step out of the room when you get to that part of the hearing.
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MIKEL99
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   Posted 10/19/2010 5:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on getting a prompt response to your hearing request Mom , don't read too much into it , maybe its just your turn . Besides thats why you have a lawyer anyway . I know it must be nerve wracking to think about the possibilities , but you've persevered this long , just try to calm down and you'll get thru this .. Best of luck my friend !! Mikel
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