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chiarigal
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« on: January 09, 2017, 01:59:43 PM »

Today was my hearing. It started off rough. My husband took a personal day off work to take me and he was up at 6AM trying to get me up. I had told him I had my own alarm set but he apparently ignored that.

I had told him this weekend that my car needed gasoline and I had asked him to get that taken care of Saturday night and he did not, when we pulled up to the gas station this morning the pumps were down. Being I was already nervous this irritated me. We went to a second station 10 miles down the road and the pumps were working but were really slow.

We arrived at the hearing nearly 2 hours early because he is one of these guys who has to be everywhere 2 hours early. We waited in the waiting room which was packed with people and was very uncomfortable for me.

My lawyer came to me about 10 minutes before we were due to start and said that he was ready so we went into the hearing.

The hearing was standard of what I have read here, the judge introduced everyone and explained the order of which things would be done. My lawyer spoke first, then the judge asked me questions for nearly a hour. I could not get a read off him he was very straight face and business like. Then the vocational expert gave testimony. She stated 5 jobs that I have done in the past and said I could not do those any longer. Then she gave 3 jobs that I may could do but agreed I could not do them based on certain scenarios. Then she gave 1 job which she said I could do which was fold laundry but agreed even that would be limited.

Then the just asked me a few more questions, and my lawyer spoke again and it was over.

I did have to clarify a couple of things throughout the rapid fore questions. One was about some income I received in the form of a commission. We had given the year total and he came back to it and asked if that was monthly or weekly, to which we answered total for the year.

I had knots in my stomach. Then on the way out of there my car went to acting strange and we had a hose to come lose and antifreeze was dripping on my car engine causing it to spit and sputter. Thankfully we went to auto parts store and barrowed a tool and made it the hour home without any more problems. I think I need some rest now for a few days. That was exhausting mentally and physically and I just do not have a good feeling about today at all.
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Age at Application: 37
Disability: ACM, PTSD, ADD, Carpal Tunnel, Occipital Neuralgia, spinal stenosis, degenerative disk disease of cervical spine, migraine, chronic widespread pain.
Date Applied: June 7th, 2013
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied 10/08/2014
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Filed appeal 10/10/2014 hired lawyer
Date OTR requested: 10/23/2015
Date Hearing Notice Received: 11/08/2016
Hearing Date: 01/09/2017
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2017, 01:13:25 AM »

Thanks for checking in, Chiarigal. I was ready to bolt in the first few minutes. It was so intimidating. It's like having to bare your soul to strangers, but that's the price we pay to present all of the evidence that supports our request for disability. I was hungry and exhausted after my hearing. My dear friend who drive me tends to talk slot while driving. She talks with her hands and slows down, IT WAS DRIVING ME NUTS, LOL. And it was raining, very slippery, stupid drivers ... you get the idea. But when it was finally done, I felt relief for the first time in two years.

It's done, sweetie. Check the my social security web site, but don't expect anything soon. The process is slow, and you'll see messages that don't make sense. Not to worry - they're standard boiler plate messages and we all get them.

You can also check in with your attorney. But from the time I had my hearing it took less than one month to receive my decision letter in the mail. It took two weeks after that to get my award letter. Now I'm just waiting for my backpay to be deposited into my checking account. You're in the home stretch - hang on!
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I survived the 80's, drug rehab, twins, and divorce. None of those things were as stressful as the disability process.
Name: Tracey
Location: Naperville, Illinois
Age at Application: 51
Disability: F31.32 Moderate Bipolar 1 Disorder, PTSD, OCD, ADD, Anxiety
Date Applied: 9/22/2014
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied: 2/06/2015
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Reconsideration Denied 4/18/2015
Date OTR requested: Hired Attorney 5/13/2015
Date Hearing Notice Received: 9/2/2016
Hearing Date: 11/28/2016
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: 12/23/2016 Fully Favorable, thank God!!!
Date Award Letter Received: 01/10/2017
chiarigal
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2017, 03:49:43 AM »

Congratulations Tracey. I know you must feel great relief. I hope to be able to say I was approved as well very soon. I can totally relate to how you felt about your friends driving. MY husband slows down and he also turns my radio off. Another friend of mine makes me nervous as she drives too fast and is all over the road. It is like I cannot win for losing when I ride with people.

My nerves were fried when I did finally arrive home. We went to eat which is something we do not normally do, but we got there right when they opened for lunch and we ate and were out of there pretty fast so it was not as bad as it could have been. For the first time in my life I actually did not enjoy my sushi. I was just too worked up to enjoy. I took some meds when I got home that normally put me to sleep but not this time, I guess the adrenalin was still pumping too hard. Eventually I was able to go to sleep for a couple of hours and I am back up now in the wee hours of the morning still just going over and over this stuff in my head. Hating that I said certain things, hating I couldn't get certain things out, hating that certain things were not mentioned in the hearing. I wish I could shut these thoughts off but that is not how I am wired and part of the reason I am in the position I am in with having to apply for SSDI.

I thought the wait to the hearing was hard, I can already tell the coming weeks are going to be very hard leading up to receiving a decision. It is the not knowing that will nag at me night and day. I did ask last week what the average time is out of that office to receive the decision and I was told 60 days is the average. I have heard of a few hearing before that time period and some who linger after that time period but more who hear within 6-8 weeks than the ones that hear before or after that time frame.

Sadly, that office I attended had a problem for a bit and did not have judges. So there was this longer than normal wait period to get in to see a ADJ. I was told ALL the judges there are new, so new that the lawyers had not had time to work with them enough to be able to read the judges well enough to know what they may be thinking.

Being in that office was just sad. There were so many people there waiting, people coming in for different reasons. People who had obvious disabilities, one lady sat with and talked to my husband while I was in my hearing. He was telling me her story, bless her, she has had a long fight and it was not near over yet either. There were people there in groups, that just blows my mind, I don't get the traveling in a group thing. There was one guy there in his PJ's and robe. I found myself overthinking what I was wearing, I had on leggings and a pullover linen dress over them, almost ever other person there was in camo and jeans. Way too much crosses your mind while you are waiting and then in the aftermath. Needless to say it was deeply stimulating from the waiting room to the hearing room. The check in process was even a source of stress as it was uncomfortable being patted down.
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Age at Application: 37
Disability: ACM, PTSD, ADD, Carpal Tunnel, Occipital Neuralgia, spinal stenosis, degenerative disk disease of cervical spine, migraine, chronic widespread pain.
Date Applied: June 7th, 2013
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied 10/08/2014
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Filed appeal 10/10/2014 hired lawyer
Date OTR requested: 10/23/2015
Date Hearing Notice Received: 11/08/2016
Hearing Date: 01/09/2017
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2017, 11:47:05 AM »

I would have been a wreck if I had had to show up 2 hours early and sit in a waiting room filled with strangers for that long. What a nightmare. At least you made it through.
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Name: Dawn
Location: IL
Age at Application: 31
Disability: Depression, anxiety
Date Applied: 11/2013
First Approval/Denial Date: 03/2014
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: 11/2014
Hearing Date: 11/13/2015 (Friday the 13th!)
ALJ Approval/Denial Date: 01/15/2016 Fully Favorable (rec'd 01/21)
Date Award Letter Received: 02/17/2016 (rec'd 02/20)
Date Back Pay Received: 02/13/2016 (paper check)
Additional Info: 02/09/16 mySSA account updated with approval info. 02/22 rec'd medicare card in mail. Hired lawyer after reconsideration denial. Requested an in-person hearing.
chiarigal
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2017, 01:35:37 PM »

I would have been a wreck if I had had to show up 2 hours early and sit in a waiting room filled with strangers for that long. What a nightmare. At least you made it through.

It was tough. I really had to work hard to stare at the floor or the clock and zone out. I do not do well with leaving my house much less with being somewhere where I am forced to sit in a room of people.

You see ALL kinds of people in there which for me makes it even worse. You had truly crippled people who you knew deserved to be there and you said a prayer they were approved so the financial side of things would get a little better for them, you had some with obvious problems like talking to themselves and answering themselves, you knew they needed to be there too. But on the other hand you overheard some telling all their business and would hear a story that left you thinking things you really should not be thinking but you couldn't help but think and grumble to yourself just what you feel about it.

And then here you are, nervous for yourself, you know you have been waiting for years and you know that you are about to be bombarded with questions, and when you leave that building, you still will not have answers, not just that day, but for weeks to come.

And then for me, I swear my spouse is neurotic! He just would not leave me be and process the events, he bombarded me with questions, and woke up today asking the same questions I had already answered. I just looked at him and said... What is the answer to your question, he could answer me correctly, so I asked him WHY DID YOU ASK ME IF YOU KNEW THE ANSWER?
Before he left for work I told him, you know I could get denied just as well as approved, it is 50/50 right now. If I am denied we could be doing this for another couple of years or longer. I know he feels the financial stress and would like to have some help and pressure lifted off his shoulders of having to be the one who has to pay for it all. I know he would like for me to receive some backpay so we could erase some of the debt we have built during this process, I also know he would like for there to be a little bit of extra so we could do a little work to our home that has been neglected. But rehashing the same questions is not going to make it pass any faster. I almost think I should never have told him I had a hearing, and just made arrangements for someone else to take me and to remain silent about what we were doing that day then he would not know about it and not be asking me questions.
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Age at Application: 37
Disability: ACM, PTSD, ADD, Carpal Tunnel, Occipital Neuralgia, spinal stenosis, degenerative disk disease of cervical spine, migraine, chronic widespread pain.
Date Applied: June 7th, 2013
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied 10/08/2014
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Filed appeal 10/10/2014 hired lawyer
Date OTR requested: 10/23/2015
Date Hearing Notice Received: 11/08/2016
Hearing Date: 01/09/2017
chiarigal
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2017, 11:34:50 AM »

The first update in my ssa account has updated.

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01/09/2017
Post-hearing Review

Your hearing was held. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is reviewing your case, and we are developing for any additional evidence before the ALJ issues a decision. A Social Security Representative may contact you or your appointed representative if we need any additional documents or information.

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Age at Application: 37
Disability: ACM, PTSD, ADD, Carpal Tunnel, Occipital Neuralgia, spinal stenosis, degenerative disk disease of cervical spine, migraine, chronic widespread pain.
Date Applied: June 7th, 2013
First Approval/Denial Date: Denied 10/08/2014
Reconsideration Approval/Denial Date: Filed appeal 10/10/2014 hired lawyer
Date OTR requested: 10/23/2015
Date Hearing Notice Received: 11/08/2016
Hearing Date: 01/09/2017
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