Wednesday, November 16, 2016

What is going on with my back and knees?


Note to readers:  I'm sorry that I didn't continue writing the day after.  Having to relive this nightmare through my blog gave me such stress that my whole body ached.  I'll try to be more active in the future. 

Now to continue .....

I continued to see my cardiologist and still see one today.  From my stress and anxiety, my body seems to be falling apart.  I developed pain in my lower and upper back, in my hips, both knees and legs.  I had gone through all my savings from my employment over the years.  

Can anyone relate to being gainfully employed then suddenly broke with no where to go?  As well as needing medical attention and prescriptions just to have some kind of semblance of life.  Thankfully, I was eligible for medical assistance.  I'm not proud of the fact but when you hit bottom what else could I do.  I changed my primary care physician and was diagnosed with a problem with my knees.  This is how I have handicapped plates on my car - but not the only reason.

In December 2014, I applied for Social Security Disability.  I hired a law firm in Denver Colorado to handle this for me.  Although I will not name the firm, they have television commercials run all times during the day.  This nameless firm gave me the reassurance that they would handle everything for me which they didn't.  There were two gals with their hands on my case.  One lied to me, the other was RE-ACTIVE instead of being PRO-ACTIVE.  Because of this, my case was denied in March 2015 because the paperwork was not sent to the Social Security Administration in a timely manner by the law firm.  I wanted someone to handle these things for me as reliving the past and what happened at my previous job gave me more stress and additional pains in my chest.  In August 2015, the law firm hired a gal who apparently knew her stuff and way around claims to Social Security Disability (at least I thought so at the time).

As time went on, I fired the law firm and decided to continue my SSDI claim on my own because the $6,000 that they would have received wasn't worth the work they did or didn't do.  

In February 2016, I had to move out of my apartment because I had run out of money to pay for my rent, utilities, cell phone and anything else related to sustaining life as I knew it.  During February 2016, I was listed as a Dire Needs/Critical case with SSDI.  Apparently, that doesn't mean much as I never had a hearing until May 2016.  You'd think that would be the end of it ..... not even close!

After many calls to Social Security on their toll free number (who hires those people?), getting the run around and being told a different story by each person answering the phone, I decided to get creative.  Just like their recording says "this call may be recorded" I told the person on the line that they were being recorded and I would send the recording to the powers that be.  That must have woken this person up as they explained to me that the date of July 27, 2016 for a determination was NOT the right date and that I had to contact the HEARING office in Denver.  Oh joy!

So finally I call the hearing office where my hearing was held to get status.  O.M.G.!  Since that time I have had to FIGHT and ARGUE with people there to get my FULL records.  I was told by another nameless person (because I will not disclose that until my case is settled) that she couldn't give me my records without the judge's approval.  WHAT THE HELL????  Yes, you guessed it, more pains in my chest, back, hips, knees etc.  Talk about blood boiling!

I'll try to write again tomorrow and continue with ...... Why don't I have a determination on my claim and why doesn't the SSA (Social Security Administration) have all my medical records from May 2016 to present.