I live in the US and have because of my Fibro, I cannot work. I have hired a lawyer to help me apply for disability but I have been warned that it will take a while if and when I get approved. In the US, most people get denied with your initial claim and then you can appeal several time. With Fibro, I was told to expect to be denied the initial clam and the first appeal.
My lawyer has asked me to keep track of any health issues that I experience so they can be added to my claim. I have been recording the incidents on my phone and planned to write them down later. I am at 32 incidents to date.
I can’t remember why at the moment, but I contacted my lawyer recently and during the conversation I found out that my first appeal date came up. There is nothing I need to do because the same information that is used in my initial claim is used in my appeal. I was surprised that my lawyer did not notify me of this appeal date. Maybe since the same information is used, he felt I didn't need to be notified. However I would to take the incidents that I have recorded and send them to him to add to my claim. I got the impression that he expected me to be already doing that.
With that information in mind. I sat down at my computer and began to listen to my recordings and started to put the events in a Word document, but for some reason, as I began I became very irritated and overwhelmed and could only do a few of the recordings. Even after two week I can’t bring myself to putting these recording onto a written document to send to my lawyer and I’m not sure why.
I’m am a little upset with my lawyer for not telling me that my appeal date came up, and I feel pressured to get the information to my lawyer. For some reason I just feel overwhelmed. Not to mention that I find it difficult to concentrate on this task. Along with physical pain, and the medication I take that can make me a little tired, I also have extreme fatigue.
I know that I should probably try to do one recording a day, but I seem to keep making excuses. I know I am a bit depressed because I am also having to deal with selling just about everything I own so I can have money to continue living where I am. If I run out of money, I don't know what I will do.
I felt so overwhelmed with paperwork when I first started my disability claim, I was hoping that most of it was over, but my lawyer wants me to keep records every time I go to the doctor. I just wish I could get someone to do it for me.
Is this typical for people with Fibro? I can’t work and with my pain medication combined with my fatigue, I feel useless. I’m home all day, so you would think I would be able to find the time to get this done ,but I can't seem to force myself to get to it.
I would appreciate any advice.