Thursday, December 21, 2006

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006


ONE. Recently, when I went to McDonald's I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets. I asked for a half dozen nuggets. "We don't have half dozen nuggets," said the teenager at the counter. "You don't?" I replied. "We only have six, nine, or twelve," was the reply. "So I can't order half dozen nuggets, but I can order six?" "That's right." So I shook my head and ordered six McNuggets

TWO. I was checking out at the local Wal-Mart with just a few items and the lady behind me put her things on the belt close to mine. I picked up one of those "dividers" that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn't get mixed. After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the "divider," looking it all over for the bar code so she could scan it. Not finding the bar code she said to me, "Do you know how much this is?" I said to her "I've changed my mind, I don't think I'll buy that today." She said "OK," and I paid her for the things and left. She had no clue to what had just happened.

THREE. A lady at work was seen putting a credit card into her floppy drive and pulling it out very quickly. When I inquired as to what she was doing, she said she was shopping on the Internet and they kept asking for a credit card number, so she was using the ATM "thingy."

FOUR. I recently saw a distraught young lady weeping beside her car. "Do you need some help?" I asked. She replied, "I knew I should have replaced the battery to this remote door unlocker. Now I can't get into my car. Do you think they (pointing to a distant convenience store) would have a battery to fit this?" "Hmmm, I dunno. Do you have an alarm, too?" I asked. "No, just this remote thingy," she answered, handing it and the car keys to me. As I took the key and manually unlocked the door, I replied, "Why don't you drive over there and check about the batteries. It's a long walk."

FIVE. Several years ago, we had an Intern who was none too swift. One day she was typing and turned to a secretary and said, "I'm almost out of typing paper What do I do?" "Just use copier machine paper," the secretary told her. With that, the intern took her last remaining blank piece of paper, put it on the photocopier and proceeded to make five "blank" copies.

SIX. I was in a car dealership a while ago, when a large motor home was towed into the garage. The front of the vehicle was in dire need of repair and the whole thing generally looked like an extra in "Twister." I asked the manager what had happened. He told me that the driver had set the "cruise control" and then went in the back to make a sandwich.

SEVEN. My neighbor works in the operations department in the central office of a large bank. Employees in the field call him when they have problems with their computers. One night he got a call from a woman in one of the branch banks who had this question: "I've got smoke coming from the back of my terminal. Do you guys have a fire downtown?"

EIGHT. Police in Radnor , PA , interrogated a suspect by placing a metal colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy machine. The message "He's lying" was placed in the copier, and police pressed the copy button each time they thought the suspect wasn't telling the truth. Believing the "lie detector" was working, the suspect confessed.

NINE. A mother calls 911 very worried asking the dispatcher if she needs to take her kid to the emergency room, the kid was eating ants. The dispatcher tells her to give the kid some Benadryl and should be fine, the mother says, I just gave him some ant killer..... Dispatcher: Rush him into emergency

Life is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid

Monday, December 04, 2006

Advice in applying for SSI

In an ideal world, individuals who are truly disabled would find quick access to disability benefits and medical care. Unfortunately, the disability benefit system as it is currently administered by the social security administration does not operate in this fashion.

Most social security disability and ssi disability claims will be denied at the initial claim level. And most ssd and ssi claimants will need to pursue their claim at least as far as the ALJ hearing level.

Having said that, though, you can, nevertheless, increase the chances of winning a social security disability or ssi benefit claim by doing the following:
By finding out if your personal physician will support your disability case and, if so, by having your doctor complete a detailed statement as to why you are disabled and unable to work.

By submitting copies of your medical records (including the most recent updates) when you apply and each time you appeal.

By cooperating fully with the Disability Examiner working on your case. This includes responding promptly to letters and notices, as well as going to any medical exams scheduled by DDS.

By keeping tabs (personally or via an attorney or representative) on the status of your social security disability case (if you are not represented, call DDS for updates on an initial claim or reconsideration, not the social security office and try never to call the 1-800 number for anything as the information dispensed by this facility is frequently incorrect).

By not letting important deadlines lapse on your ssd or ssi disability claim.

By getting an attorney or non attorney disability Representative as soon as your social security or ssi claim is denied.

By maintaining a good relationship with the people working on your case--this includes the Claims Rep at Social Security, the Examiner at DDS, and even the Representative if you've hired one to help you. It is simply a fact: people will do more to help you when you have established a friendly, courteous relationship with them.

Things to do

Have your treating physician complete an RFC form on your behalf. RFC stands for residual functional capacity. RFC forms are used by DDS examiners (each examiner must have their unit physician or psychologist complete the appropriate physical or mental RFC form before a claimant's case can be closed) and carry great weight, particularly at hearings held by Administrative Law Judges. To learn more about RFC forms, click the "Disability Definitions" tab on the menu below and from that page read the definition titled "residual functional capacity form, or rfc".



This is me sometimes...

Bipolar mixed states. What are they? Essentially, though many experts will quibble on the finer details, mixed states are depressive episodes that are "soldered to" manic behavior. The bipolar person will have high engery levels, racing thoughts, trouble sleeping, all elements of hypomania or full blown mania----yet instead of euphoria or grandiosity, the individual will be filled with negative emotions, typically expressed as irritability or even, in some instances, as extreme anger or even rage.

From "My Social Seciroty Disability SSI blog"

Bipolar Disorder, Social Security Disability, and Mixed states

Bipolar Disorder, Social Security Disability, and Mixed states

I'm currently doing a bit of reading on Bipolar Disorder and for this purpose I've purchased half a dozen books. I suppose I come by my interest in this malady honestly. As a former disability examiner, I saw bipolar disorder as an allegation on quite a few cases (though, in all honesty, I don't seem to remember seeing as many bipolar cases at DDS a few years ago as the statistics for my website indicate there must currently be.) But aside from my site and my former occupation, I am (I just posted this same information in a comment-response to someone else's comment) connected to several individuals who have bipolar disorder.

One is my mother-in-law who was only diagnosed at the age of 60 and who had had a history of incredible shopping sprees (a prime symptom of bipolar manic behavior). The second individual is my brother-in-law who was also diagnosed late in life with the condition and has been (sounds unbelievable, but this is true) on out-patient shock therapy for about 2 years. And the third individual is my own step-son who has given everyone close to him one heck of a ride, though this is not (I honestly believe) due to any fault of his own.

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