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Posted by Linda D on November 09, 2000 at 11:44:07:

Well, I finally got back to see if anyone had relpied to my first post. Wow! Thanks to Elaine and Charlie!! Elaine,I don't know if my doctor has filled out the RFC form or not. Yes, I do have a lawyer. Where does a person get the RFC form? It may be too late by now since the hearing is on the 13th. And yes, I understand it may take up to 6 months to find out the judge's ruling. I think that is just rediculous! I have written my congressman several times complaining about the way this type of thing is handled. The whole thing is humiliating to the person needing help. It's a waste of money to send that person to doctors and psychiatrists who know nothing about this type of problem, who know nothing about you, and who just look at you, check your vital signs, ask you to walk on your toes and bend over, and then fill out the paperwork saying they can't find anything wrong. And the long waiting periods before a hearing, plus the long waiting period after the hearing is frustrating. I feel sure that the judge knows at the end of the hearing what he's gonna decide, so why in the world would a person have to wait so long to find out? My congressman has listened, and written back several times, but I don't think there is anything he can do either. He just keeps saying he's looking into my concerns!
Charlie, I am sorry that you also are having a hard time with age and FM. I don't personally know anyone to compare notes with, and I wondered if I was the only one getting worse with age. From all I've read, FM is not suppose to be disabling, just debilitating. Well, I have passed debilitating, and it just keeps going downhill. It seems that my "good" days now feel worse than my "bad" days of a few years ago! This is a big disappointment for a person whose favorite saying up until about 5 years ago was, " I'm gonna be like Peter Pan and never get old!" I gave it my best shot, but Mother Nature and Father Time have kicked my butt! Anyway, thanks to both of you for your kindness and help.

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