So on Tuesday, at 10:30 am, I had my Disability hearing. Had to drive to Pueblo, which is 125 miles west of here, but first we had to drive to Colorado Springs, another 50 miles or so, because my sister had a dental appointment. Then back to Pueblo for my hearing. I was on time, my lawyer was a little late. We had enough time for our conference before being called into the Judge’s hearing room. The hearing started at 10:24 am and ended 23 minutes later at 10:57 am. There were 5 people, the Judge, the clerk, the Representative from Social Security, my lawyer and myself. We made some concessions, they made some concessions and the hearing ended. My lawyer says he thinks there is a 95% chance that I will be getting Disability. He thought the judge liked me, mainly because I looked at him when I answered his questions and I answered all of his question “intelligently”. Whatever that means. So, now, I wait for the ruling. It could take 4 to 6 weeks before I get the letter from the Judge saying Disability has been granted. Then I have to wait another 2 to 4 weeks for Social Security to set up a phone call appointment to verify every thing and then another 1 to 2 weeks before I get my back pay, minus the lawyers fee. So, I’m still waiting.
In the meantime, however… On Valentine’s Day, I spent the morning in the ER because I had severe pain in my right hip. Pain so bad I couldn’t move without crying. Turns out I now have Sciatica. The medicine they gave me for that makes me light-headed and nauseous and a bit disorientated. I have two more days of the meds to go, and then we’ll see. Still need to call my Doctor for an appointment. So, yea, I gotta do that.
Plus I qualified for free weatherization of the house. They will be here next Friday for 2 hours. Oh joy. It is a good thing, really, I just have a lot to do before then and, as usual, not a lot of time to do everything in. Especially when I’m getting dizzy and disorientated and stuff.
All in all, though, I feel pretty good. I agreed with the lawyer, I think I will get my disability, and the lawyer and Mom both think I’ll get closer to the higher end of the range, which would be wonderful. I do feel better, even if I am groggy and light headed and stuff, and getting this house weatherized can’t but help me save money, so, all in all, I’m good. For a change.