Back in October of 2006, one year ago, I applied for Social Security Disability Benefits. I have arthritis in both knees and can barely walk let alone climb up subway steps. I need to lug around my shopping basket to lean on just to get to the corner pharmacy. How would I lug up a shopping basket two stories to catch a train to get into Manhattan and then what would I do with it once I got there?
So I applied one year ago. I filled out the forms they sent me. I sent them my doctor's notes, I filled out more forms they sent me, and then filled out yet more forms. In December of 2006 I had to go to a health center where Social Security would examine me. I had more of their forms, more doctor notes, and ex rays from my orthopedic surgeon showing my arthritis.
In January Social Security denied me benefits because my knees were "only stiff" and my high blood pressure was only slightly elevated. My blood pressure at their office was 190/110 - that's slightly elevated?
In March of 2007 they sent me more forms to fill out so I can appear before one of their judges with a lawyer so they can look at my case again. I sent the forms back to them.
In August of 2007 they sent me a letter saying they received my forms from March.
Today I received a letter saying that I better call them "immediately!" or my request for benefits might be delayed. What about the fact that I applied for benefits a year ago? I sent everything to them exactly when I was supposed to. I did exactly what I had to do "immediately" and they took their own sweet time getting back to me. Now I have to drop everything and contact them "immediately" or my benefits might be delayed! Delayed for what, another year until they get their act together?
Well, I'll show them! They mailed the letter yesterday and I got it today (a miracle from the post office which will most likely never happen again). I'm going to wait until tomorrow to call them back! Yeah, I'm tired of being pushed around by some bureaucrats. Tomorrow I'll call them and ask if that was "immediate" enough for them.
I'm really waiting for tomorrow because I think they want to ask which dates I'd like them to hear my case and I have to check my calendar.
Honestly though, what's with all the forms they send out? And the forms are all asking the same questions. Does anyone read them except for the people applying?