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Re: Problems dealing with not working iris2

Posted by karaS on September 28, 2004, at 18:08:54

In reply to Re: Problems dealing with not working karaS, posted by iris2 on September 28, 2004, at 14:18:27

> Thanks for being so supportive. I do not think I would want to charge people for helping them get their disability. Perhaps I will call the local chapter of NAMI and inquire.

I meant in terms of working for the government on the other side of signing people up.

> If you are interested in applying for disability you can do it even if you are working some. I do not remember everything but I do know that being able to work while you are applying does not preclude you from either applying or receiving it. I know that many people think they are terrible for asking for this type of help and feel guilty about it. It is there for the time when you need it. Another reason for getting on it even just for a short time is that in two years you get on Medicare. Getting some type of insurance is really helpful. It is hard if you can only work part time or sometimes even full time and you have no insurance. Sometimes medical bills can eat your whole paycheck and more. (The two year wait is relative; I will explain it to you if you are interested) Once you start getting the insurance you can continue to receive it for a couple of years even if you go completely off the disability. This can be a great benefit. If you have any interest in it or know anyone that needs to know more let me know or ask me.

That makes a lot of sense. A friend of mine has been trying to convince me to apply for welfare but stupidly, I have resisted that. I don't know - maybe I should be applying for a lot of things but I don't seem to have the drive to do it. I should know fairly soon if I can hold down a full-time job. If I can't and can only work part-time, then I will start applying for things soon.

> Since starting Amisulpride I have felt more able to do a little. Unfortunately it compromises my bladder. I do not know if I told you I have a bladder disease which is making it impossible to take any antidepressants. It is interstitial cystitis. When I took 75 to 100mg I did a lot better but I cannot tolerate it. I am still trying to figure out a way to be able to take more without the frequency/urgency/pain.

It's hard enough having to deal with these anti-d meds without that kind of extra problem. I wonder if you could get medication via a patch whether that would solve your problem in taking antidepressants. Would it be possible for compounding pharmacies to make something like that for you? Maybe the selegiline patch when it comes out (supposedly early next year) will be able to help you.

> The one job I really wanted became available the other day. It is just dog walking but it will provide a little very much needed money, get me out, make me walk a little and have some reason to get up and a feeling of accomplishment. Another job, 12 hours a week, working as an activities assistant for the elderly I am sending in a resume for. I have done this job as a volunteer many times along with volunteering for other things mostly the elderly. I had done volunteer work since I was 15 years old.

They both sound really good. Good for the extra money and your self-esteem. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get them both.

Thanks again for your offer of help. You're a sweetheart! I just might be getting back to you on this (but hopefully I won't need to).

Best wishes and keep me posted on the two jobs you're applying for,





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