“The status quo sucks”

The hearing is complete. And we know nothing more than when we went in there. Wait, that is not true. We now know (because a vocational expert told us so), that Mr. Vixen can work. He meets the ‘so-called’ requirements, physically and vocationally, to perform the job of cuff folder. And, according to the expert, there are 500+ cuff folder jobs in the state of California. There are no current openings and we don’t know where in the state they are, but those things are not taken into consideration when giving expert vocational testimony.

All the records are in, all the testimony is given and all we can do now is wait for her decision. We should be notified of the decision (I am not holding my breath) within the next 30 days. Our lawyer says one of three things could happen: 1) She grants him disability, 2) She denies him disability or 3) She states he can do sedentary work only i.e., cuff folder (which denies him disability now, but may qualify him for disability at age 50-in two years-if he doesn’t improve and does not work for the next two years). The new, unimproved me, calculates those as bad odds. The old me, who had a much more positive attitude, discounts an outright denial (it is their doctor that said he can only do sedentary work) and says the odds are 50/50. I have those two little ‘me’ people, one sitting on either shoulder, yelling those odds in my ears.

I am going to find some ear plugs for the next 30 days.


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  1. Cuff folder… Wow… So that’s like the only job they think he can do in his current health, but they still can’t grant disability? That’s sort of limited!!! *HUGS* I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it still goes well after all!
    .-= Lesley´s last blog ..You thought he was a figment of my imagination… =-.

  2. Mar

    Phhhttttttt… on them!

    Dang it, dang it, dang it.

    Keeping my fingers crossed still (one of us has to be optimisitic).
    .-= Mar´s last blog ..Kinda Like Beer Goggles. =-.

  3. I would like any one of these people to step into your shoes and see how ridiculous their “opinions” are and how incredibly stupid they sound! I would also like to see them jumping through the hoops they put the public through! They’d quit if their job included the crap they expect of the public! Howling on your behalf!!
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Project 2,996: Daphne Ferlinda Elder =-.

  4. They are so condescending. Cuff folder? I think they need to become pooper scoopers.

  5. So, wait, you are telling me that they asked the vocational therapist if he could work. And the vocational therapist said “yes, by my estimation he can be a cuff folder.” And they said anything else, and he said… “no,just a cuff folder.” Did he pull this out of his rear or a hat? Hmmmm, throw all sedentary jobs someone with disabilities might be able to perform (so you know, someone else doesn’t have to pay disability claims) and *poof* you are a paper clip sculptor. What a crock. Someone needs to kick this vocational therapist to the curb. (((HUGS))). Hope it gets better.
    .-= Corina´s last blog ..Validation =-.

  6. Ugh, that just sucks. I don`t get the way the world works sometimes.
    .-= Maggie`s Mind´s last blog ..Jean D Roger Lived Until September 11, 2001 – Re-Post =-.

  7. I am at a loss of words. Cuff folding. They actually said that! I think I would have fell on the floor in shock.

    Fingers still crossed for you!!
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..Adventures in Camping: We Survived, Barely =-.

  8. I certainly feel for you and wish you all the best they are a tough group. When my Son was diagnosed with cancer last July the Doctors filled out the papers and sent them in and they still had to do their reviews even though the Doctor told them it was fatal. He didn’t live the 6 months months it took them to review so he never saw a penny so now his wife and child are getting survivor benefits and they really could have used some help back then. Things just aren’t fair.
    .-= Jude´s last blog ..Vietnam Veteran Memorial/York Fair =-.

  9. Oh my.
    It’s all just A Bit Much, so Very Much of the time.
    I don’t believe the “people behind the desk” understand what it’s like standing on our side of the office –
    whether it’s the housing office or the disability office or (and that’s when it starts getting really scary) even our own lawyer’s office.
    My heart out to you, dear Vixen, and my hopes and prayers are offered up on your behalf.
    God bless you.
    .-= Grandmother Wren´s last blog ..Vintage Recipe Thursday – Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Apples =-.

  10. So sorry! I’m amazed at the people who sit behind a desk that make decisions that affect families and have little or no concern for them. Best wishes for your family!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..The Biltmore =-.

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