I am retired on SSD since Dec. 2010. I, too, had a teaching job I loved but could no longer do. Couldn't think straight, no longer could multitask, the exhaustion and neuro symptoms were incompatible with any ADL. Every minute of time I spent at home, I spent in bed. Being a nurse, if I made a mistake at work, my patients were at risk. My drs. were great, and it only took 2 months, 3 weeks and 2 days for my SSD to be approved. The paperwork was grueling, but I printed off a sloppy copy and did the 24 page questionaire one question at a time. I had a timeline and collection of abnormal labs that I submitted and think that really helped. The SSA physician I saw was wonderful, and I went on a "bad" day when I had no reflexes and the standard neuro tests weren't normal. The SSA online application process was truly user friendly. I am in NY, and when I decided I could no longer work safely or effectively, I first made an appt. at the nearest SSA office. They were amazingly kind and helpful. When I asked my drs. to help do the paperwork, my family dr. said he was surprised I worked as long as I did. I am only 56, and the blessing is my monthly check is what I used to bring home in my two paychecks. Please don't give up, and good luck.
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, Calcium, Flector patch prn, Ambien and Elavil every night. Advair, Albuterol and DuoNeb inhalers.