Hi its funny that you post this Im kind of glad you did.
Yesterdy, which was Friday I got my "short form" review also.
While my SS Disability is actually Heart Disease, tho I have Cataracts and many other issues as well, I was told by my attorney I would be approved for 5years at a time so I suppose approx. automatically review every five years . Iwas approved in 2004 origionally after being denied in 2002 after my first cardiac surgery. My last cardiac surgery was 2009 and they short formed me immediately after, unknowing I had just had surgery.
My questions to you are now that you cataracts were removed, can you see?
Also, as I got my short form as you call it - I didn't know that was what it was called I ALSO hand wrote a detailed paper on my "other" ailments along with the medications that I take.
I failed to mention in my letter that my original cardio guy passed away 2 yrs ago and the new guy dosent know me as well.
Under Your questions, you put in you JUST had surgery, which is good. As last time that is what I did and they immediately send me back another letter that said you will NOT be reviewed AT THIS TIME.
I would not worry about what your doctor said years ago as he actually cannot Predict the future as I was origionally told by Social Security of course that "you never know with medical science you may get better"
As far as school goes I don't believe I would worry about that either, its not like you graduated with a PhD and a guaranteed job? If you do, let them know and ASK THEM FOR A JOB.
I also know all about your anxiety over this last night I doubled up on my already running low supply of Xanax and still couldn't sleep.
As far as Vocational Rehap, how would he know what SSA should and should not send you. I have just had a 6month round about with SSA and THEY don't even know what they are doing.....so Don't worry about what "he" said, my opinion.
If you are legally blind, in my experience as I actually have a very close friend who only has one eye.....even tho he still drives a car, can actually work if he wants to as he is very strong, etc....he will always qualify for SSI because he is "legally" blind. Even tho see Sees WAY better than I do at 5/2000 w/o glasses.
As far as this quick form, Im wondering myself if I should leave out the info that I wrote that has to be hand read as you said it is all computer generated.
In my past experience if you answered YES to surgery - you should get a follow up letter rather quickly excusing you from a full review.
If you end up having a review, then your Doctors get bothered again writing reports.
Last time I had to hire a Lawyer but in the end it ended up ok. I said last time, I mean the FIRST TIME in 2004. Of course I had to pay him $5300.
Good Luck, Let us know what happens. Thank you for posting as I believe now I will take out the handwritten letter before I send it. Or should I leave it in. Now I don't know. The letter describes a little detail of my other conditions and lists my medications. Oh brother, it all depends on who gets their hands on it at SSA.