Thought I would provide another update to my case:
I have seen my rheumy and he filled out the fibro specific assessment my atty sent. And he agrees I am disabled and may never improve but actually get worse. I was trying to work some, around 20 hrs a month doing merchandising. All I had to do was take care of 3 DVD displays in local grocery stores and the heaviest lifting involved was DVDs. And I went to some dollar stores to check TracPhon displays and count the # of phones and brochures on hand. Well I am effectively unemployed now. I missed an assignment because of my fibro and the company I was working under has locked me out of the system. I have emailed to try to find out why because I did contact them and let them know the job would be done late because I was unable to get out of bed. They locked me out on the 7th and still have not responded to my email. So when I called my atty office I told them about the company terminating my contact. I still have 2 companies I contract for but with 1 I have only done 2 hrs this year (mostly Xmas season work) and the other I have not done anything but I have 4 jobs @$10 each just waiting for my paperwork to arrive.
My family issue is no better but I have started seeing a counselor. I'm going next week to fill out a release @ the atty office for the counselor records. I will be seeing the counselor again in 2 weeks and then we will decide if I need weekly or just every other week visits. My husband has changed his schedule so he can be home to help me more. My vertigo has gotten worse lately and I can't pinpoint why so that's driving me nuts. When I had my annual physical, the dr didn't see any reason for increased vertigo as far as inner ear stuff. And she has added cholesterol meds to my list. My hubby jokes I am turning into a walking pharmacy.
What really makes me feel bad about being disabled, (especially the depression) is something my counselor told me. After I told her everything that has gone on since I was a teen (when depression started), she told hubby & I that I have more to be depressed over than anyone else she has ever treated. And she has been in business for over a decade. I told my hubby "that's just my luck, I finally find something I'm good at and it's being depressed"
. The counselor agreed w/ the assessment from the shrink my atty sent me to - I have major recurrent depression. My counselor doesn't prescribe meds herself, but refers patients to their PCP w/ recommendations. She prefers that because my PCP should know all the meds and OTC and supplements I am taking so it is easier for her to know which meds would interact bad w/ current meds.
So, as of right now, I am just waiting for my hearing. But my rheumy & PCP have said I'm disabled, the atty's shrink says I'm disabled and if I took a form to the counselor, I know she would agree I am disabled. And since the one company has terminated my contract with them, I see no way SS can say I am not disabled. Being terminated because I was unable to complete even those simple jobs as scheduled backs up how much the fibro interferes with my life and prevents working.