Would I still qualify? I'm in California if it makes a difference.
Kali (pka Michelle) ~ crunchy wife to Cory (09/06) ~ Mama to H (03/90) & I (06/92)--both ~ BF for 35 consecutive months ~ x 4
You'll want to start NOW keeping a chart of everything you do daily related to the conditions and how much time it takes. Just start writing it down now every night, and by the time you get your application together you'll have lots of good info for them. Make sure you include on your chart everything you can't do because of the conditions in detail. You should also do a summary chart of how you've been affected in the past, over your life, before you started keeping the daily chart. Get copies of your medical records; don't rely on them to get the copies. Organize your medical records and present them in a way that explains them, as the records themselves may not do that.
There should be a listing of your condition in their protocol book -- I think it is available online. The condition itself will not qualify you most of the time; you have to provide detailed explanation about how the condition prevents you from working. It is hard to qualify for SSI/DI -- 70% of folks are denied on their first application. I say that not to discourage you, but to normalize the process for you. It's normal to be denied, and normal to appeal.
Mama to two sweet boys, a 7yo and a toddler .
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. - Albert Einstein
Essentially, it's when spinal fluid is not properly absorbed, so there is too much in the areas that surround the brain, putting pressure on the brain and optic nerves. It's extremely painful and can even lead to blindness in severe cases that are left untreated. Many patients have vision loss. My visual acuity is down significantly, there's no guarantee that it will improve either (though it probably will).
Anyway, my husband has a friend at work who is a medical professional and has experience with disability cases. He said he is pretty much sure that I'd be approved with this condition. It's just a matter of applying. I was just curious if I would even qualify since I definitely haven't really worked in the past 5 years; but I did work for most of my teen years and my early 20s.
I have other health issues too, but the IIH is the most pressing. At this point we need the money to cover the medical costs which are starting to pile up. We have good insurance, but the co pays alone. Every ER visit is $50 and at this point, I am going 2-4 times a month because of the pain. Unfortunately, I have Kaiser and past 5pm or before 8am it's ER or nothing.