I read very often and post seldomly. After 2 years and 2 denials, I have been given a hearing date about one month out. I have so many questions, if any of you could even answer one, I am so appreciative.
First, a reminder that I'm 37 and have very similar stories as each of you. I have very strong medical evidence of being disabled per my doctors and my attorneys, Binder and Binder, said it should have been a slam dunk case if I weren't under age 50. During this time, my family lost our home and were forced to file bankruptcy and it's still very shaky b/c of the nursing salary I made before. I haven't worked since Oct 07.
Well I am terrified...and that is an understatement...about my upcoming court date! I cry just thinking about it. My husband reminds me that it's not an "acting job", but it's about being myself that day. My docs have limited me to standing, sitting, walking to 20 minutes at a time and B&B say to show this during the interview. I haven't driven in 2 years...my liscensed elapssed and I have no reason or ability to go b/c drving is too uncomfy. My hubby works full time at work and home as I do no laundry, vacumming, dishes. I seldom dust. We have 5 kids that have a different mommy than 2-3 yeaers ago. It's sad. My doctor makes home visits occasionally when I flare up out of control. This life, as most of you know, is hard. I feel that saying all this sounds so desparate. I get depressed and I'm on so many miligrams of morphine a day that I can not remember or concentrate and sometimes can't stay awake. How do I convey all this to the judge or does he really want to hear it all?
Will he or the attorneys ask more questions?
Is it a good sign or not that they haven't sent me for medical or pscyh eval of their own?
What's the % of cases that finally get approved at hearing level?
What is the judge looking for me to look like? I mean, I'm not mangled. I do limp most days and grimace in pain and I have a cane that I use mostly when my kids are not around so I don't embarrass them. Ihave handicapped parking, but rarely use itb/c someone is always worse off than me.
I'm just so frightened and nervous to go to hearing. Please, anyone who can, tell me your experience or answer some of my questions?
We are going to ask my doctor to go with me...will that help?
Thanks everyone and God bless!