02 October 2009

Another Letter From Social Security

Yesterday afternoon as Scarecrow was going through the mail, between the T-Mobile bill and a Netflix DVD, he mumbled something about "... disability claim approved, blah blah blah..." I assumed he was talking about my claim for short-term disability insurance, since they seem to need reassurance on a weekly basis that I'm still disabled. But no. This is from the Social Security Administration. They approved my claim for disability benefits.

The letter I got a couple of days ago about creating a password for the Social Security web site makes sense now. Unbeknownst to me, the letter  approving my claim, which I didn't expect for several more months, was already in the mail. OK. I get that part.

But wait. Could they really be talking about the claim I filed three weeks ago? Don't expect to hear for several months, they said. Your initial claim is likely to be denied, they said. I know people who have spent years in SSDI hell, trying to get legitimate claims approved. This can't possibly be right. WTF?

If it's true, I guess I'm relieved. If it's true, the long drawn out hassle for which I was braced has become the anticlimax of the millennium. But I find myself waiting for the other shoe to drop. It's never this easy. Is it?


  1. I, too, was approved in a very short time. And I, like you, had expected a wait of several months. I was surprised and skeptical.

    Congratulations and welcome to the world of SSDI. Just don't expect to become a millionaire on the payments.


  2. Zoomer - I'm not surprised you were approved, based on the disabilities you've described here. Skip was very early in her life with MS and still mobile when she was approved. Glad it happened so fast ... now just 24 months to Medicare.

  3. That should be a weight off your mind! Sometimes things go right!

    Caregivingly Yours, Patrick