Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"Compassionate Allowances" for EOAD And Other Dementias/Diseases

Click on the title link to read more about this.

A couple of weeks ago, Suzette and Becks and now a friend of mine from SDMB, Oakminster, have sent me this link, and I have not mentioned it here until now for a number of reasons.

Pretty much everyone who's been kind enough to send me this link has advised me to get in touch with my attorneys and tell them of it to see if they can expedite the approval of my SSDI.

As I have mentioned before, I am represented by Binder&Binder, and as y'all may know, they don't get paid until I get approved, and although I have been told by them that if Social Security approves me without their help, they'll gladly "drop out", I can't imagine them contacting SS on my behalf and asking them to give me this approval without them being more "involved" in the appeals process. (Read that as they want that 25% which they'll get off the top of any back pay SSDI gives me, and it isn't to their advantage if I get approved without their involvement).

There is also the fact that I am to have NO contact with Social Security on my own. That is stipulated in the contract and I have already screwed that up twice and pissed them off. That means if they call ME, I refer them to B&B. If they send me anything to fill out, I am to do so and then send it to B&B.

Can I fire B&B? Nope. Not unless I want to pay them for any work they've already done, which, of course I cannot afford.

Also keep in mind that I have dementia which is called "Alzheimer's-related", and I'm in every one of those 10 signs listed on the www.alz.org website. My shrink says I'm "impaired", which to me means I can no longer take care of my patients, so where does that leave me? Yes, I can still "reason", and fortunately my depression hasn't been so bad that I want to do away with myself (one of my friends from my radio days had a grandmother who, when she found out she had Alzheimer's, blew her brains out with a 12 gauge).

I have been at this almost a year now, and I have to tell you that I'm just about "over it". My short-term memory is shot, and so is my patience. If it happens, it happens, but as far as I'm concerned it's gonna be an anti-climax if it does.

Do I sound cynical? You're right, I have become that way.

So as things stand right now, I will continue my advocacy of animal welfare and let other things run their course.

In keeping with the theme "Comedy Tonight", this is from my friend John on the left coast, who also sent me some pics of Winter in Germany which I will post in the next blog entry.

The Animal Rescue Site




Anonymous said...

Don't know what to say really, it's a difficult road for all of us with this monster called dementia.

We just keep going, one day at a time. Any other option would hurt those who truly love us and try so hard to help us, but can't really.

I don't even have the option of SSDI, as I haven't paid into the system for too many hears to collect it. So I have no idea how my future will turn out.

Sorry I'm so bummed also, but I haven't been able to shake that feeling lately myself.

Just keep trying and I will too.

Know that I love and care about you and D deeply.


Bill Craig said...

Thank you, Becks. I will keep on keeping on and we love you too!

Dab & D