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06-20-2008, 01:12 PM
Hello All, I am interested in hearing ALJ decissions on Heart Failure and diabetes. I have been only waiting 7 months and I am stressed out already.
I have severe heart failure / defibulator and pacemaker. I suffer from diabetes " controlled " and many other heart ailments. i am tired all the time and very seldom leave the house.:confused:
06-22-2008, 01:41 PM
I see there are no replies yet . . you may need to make your question more specific. I am sorry that I do not know much about your condition, as I am here because of neuropathies.
06-22-2008, 03:02 PM
Thank you Lefthanded.
Being new I will learn to ask a question the right way. I am interested in knowing how other people have handled the wait and the heart failure and disabilty. I have been waiting for my ALJ hearing for only 7 months. I have an attoney and all is progressing slowly. I would appreiciate advise on how not to be stressed about this. I wish I could work as I sit at my sisters home waiting for my life to know where it is going. Thank you all very much. Any advice is appeciated
06-22-2008, 03:11 PM
Thank you :) lefthanded for the advise.. My question should be I am in my 7th month of waiting for my ALJ hearing with my attorneys help all is advancing as it should be. I am stressed out waiting. My question is how to you keep your wits about you with all this stuff going on in your head. I read all the SS blogs I can find and all the info I can find about the backlogs. I have severe heart failure, and fit the listing conditions. I just am asking for advise on the wait and if you have had similar health conditions. Thank you, I am new and having a hard time asking the right questions.
06-22-2008, 03:37 PM
This forum, while all are welcome here, has its focus on neurological disorders. There may be other members here who have had heart issues, but not being the focus here, you may not find other's experiences on point with yours. In fact, I have seen that each case is terribly individual and has its own issues . . .
I personally was placed on disability due to a digestive disorder, for which I had several surgeries and a not so stellar outcome. It is believed that several medications I take or have taken for that condition led to my neuropathy. That is what led me here.
My employer's long term disability company hired an advocate company to assist me with my SS application, so I did not have the typical long and arduous journey you and many others experience trying to get some relief. I find it difficult enough to face a future where over half of my benefit will go right back into my health care costs. . . . and I have great empathy for you and anyone else who is expected to exist while waiting for even that tiny tidbit of financial help.
I am not sure that anyone will be able to give you a timeline or any idea how much longer your wait for a response will be. if you have hired an attorney, the best you can do is to ask them. I recommend all communication with your attorney, and any government agencies, be done in writing, or at least follow up any phone contacts with a letter. A paper trail is necessary if you are to ever fall back on promises or agreements. Attorneys are notorious for not following up on phone calls and messages from "smaller" clients (sometimes even big clients!), but a letter in your file is hard to ignore. It is even better to send it certified, return receipt requested, but that costs real money.
I really do wish you luck. In the mean time friends and family can be the best resource, as can community organizations and churches, if you are of that persuasion.
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