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artist guy
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   Posted 4/23/2010 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
hey dawg, i heard from ssdi. I applied march 3rd this year, and i just got some forms back, they wanted more information regarding what my jobs were in the last 15 years. i filled that part out but they want a better explanation of what a day was like in my 2 jobs that i've had in the last 15 years. i guess better than denying me right away.
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artist guy
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   Posted 4/23/2010 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
no I haven't beern turned down. it's only been 1 month and 3 weeks since I applied, I was glad at least someone read it. state disability is making me go to one of there dr's. i thought perfect, that might help with the opinion of a state dr. in my ssdi app.they're making me go to this clinic that is a state clinic, it's were state workers or city workers have to give piss tests at, a bit of a joke

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   Posted 4/24/2010 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I just got my approval for SSDI yesterday. I had applied this past June for both SSI and SSDI. I was approved for SSI a couple of weeks ago (SSDI determination pending). So, now I will just be receiving SSDI.

I had received one of those question packets from the person who determines approval. I immediately called the office as I had questions re the forms and medical exam they wanted to send me to. After yakking on the phone for a bit it was decided that I didn't need to go for the exam, or send in the paperwork relative to what a work day is like for me. I was approved on the basis of digestive disorders and malnutrition (I'm a skinny by the way). So, I'm glad I called instead of just sending in the forms.

So, I was relieved to know I have been approved on the first try without an attorney. There were a few things that I had done inadvertently that seemed to make a difference.

#1. I aged...which I can't help. I'm 58. It's not that younger people can't get approved. It's just that older ones have a greater chance.

#2. I always make a GP appointment every two or three months...always have. (For some reason that is important).

#3. I called the SS office every once in a while just to make sure I was still floating around somewhere in their system, or to ask questions (contrary to popular belief, they actually like you to do that).

#4. I always responded immediately to any paperwork or phone calls. The longer your file sits there incomplete, the deeper it gets buried.

#5. I make it a point to always be polite and as upbeat as I possibly can.

Good luck with your applying. I truly hope it will be as stress free for you as it was for me.

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   Posted 4/24/2010 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations Squattie, this is wonderful news.

Artist Guy, hang in there, you will get approved too, it just takes time.'
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