I was diagnosed in 2005 and had to stop working last June. I was teaching CNA and Health Occupations to 11th and 12th graders and LOVED my job. The last year was the toughest and don't know how I got through it. I couldn't think straight, multitask, walk or sleep, my nerves were screaming and I was literally crawling out of bed to go to work and falling out of the shower into bed after work. I had to decide that my health and family had to be my priority and I could no longer do my job. My best was no longer good enough. The SSD and my teacher retirement paperwork was tough, but the folks at my local SSA office were wonderful and helpful. I printed off a slopppy copy, 24 pages, and it took me 3 weeks to finish it, and another to copy it over. The website is really user friendly. My 3 drs. and my acupuncturist faxed their medical forms back promptly, within less than a month. It took only 2 months, 3 weeks and a day for my SSD to be approved, and there is a 5 month waiting period before benefits start. I was able to see the SSA physician in 2 months because they had a cancellation. It took 7 months for my teacher disability/retirement to be approved because there was a backlog and wait for a required transfer of service form from NYS to NYSTRS. My staff nurse state pension years were added into my teacher retirement because the two pension systems are sister systems. My first SSD check started in Jan. and my NYSTRS in Feb. My meds help alot, but I hate living on prednisone.
God knows, even if I don't....
CNS Lupus 2005, APS, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Degenerative Osteoarthritis, Asthma
Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, meloxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily. (20-40mg prn), Vit. B12 2400 mcgs, Vit D 1000U and Ambien every night. Advair, Albuterol and DuoNeb inhalers.