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Fighting off anxiety today


Monday, April 29, 2013

My mail comes at 4pm and I am in anticipation to hear from the State about the review for my SSD. I am fighting off a lot of anxiety because of the wait for the mail today. So far I have taken my as needed medications, listened to music to try and calm down, lit the candle my sister gave me for my birthday and did some breathing exercises. So far these have been helping to avoid an anxiety attack. One more thing I plan on doing after posting this blog is to go for a walk to relax.

Each day it is a battle to stay calm while waiting for the mail. The State, when they wanted information, gave me ten days to respond. I completed the forms the night I received them in the mail. It took me 4 hours when the directions said it would take 1 hour. I was sweating so bad that even my hands were sweating so I had to keep drying them off.

It has now been six weeks of waiting. All I want is to hear from the State. If it is a positive response great, if it is negative I can then take steps to appeal the review. It is just this waiting for them to respond in such an untimely manner that is causing the anxiety. I just want it to end.
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K1TT3N 4/30/2013 10:49PM

    The state is always slow .

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PATTYKLAVER 4/30/2013 10:37AM

    You are doing a great job of warding off the anxiety. I wish I could make the state hurry up, but I know it works on its own time. I wish the best of luck for you.

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WHISPERINGPINE9 4/30/2013 9:43AM

    That's great that you used methods to help you with your anxiety. Well done my friend.

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BAMEIBOO 4/30/2013 2:48AM

    I know how that wait is. My stepson fell 50ft while painting a mural. Going in person with a leg in a metal cage and doctors statement still didn't get him approved. It took a lawyer. Great news is after 3 years the doctor saved his leg, he can walk and opened an art gallery in Vegas. I told my brother to get a lawyer when attempting to file, he didn't and was turned down a couple times before getting it. We just found out that he will be going from the life of a pauper to a prince. The VA has given him 100% disability and are making it retroactive 3 years and his monthly income will triple. So there is hope , patience and refiling emoticon is the key.

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CARTOONB 4/29/2013 10:47PM

    I'm glad to hear you have so many coping strategies! Hope they respond quickly.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/29/2013 5:56PM

    Steve, I know it has to be hard waiting for an answer. I am proud of you for how well you are doing at keeping yourself calm. Please let me know what your answer is when you know

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CIRANDELLA 4/29/2013 5:28PM

    Steven, please let us know the outcome as soon as you're informed, okay? Though you certainly responded to their request in a *very* timely fashion, sometimes, state or federal agencies can be extremely cumbersome and sluggish in handling these matters. How often does your SSD come up for review? It's my understanding that it's customary and to be expected for this to be done from time to time, I was wondering how often that was.

It may, in fact, be a positive sign that you've heard nothing so far; there's always that old saying, "No news is good news," though of course you want the confirmation in writing. A big hug and pat on the back for YOUR having handled all this exceedingly well, from filling out the forms to taking the as-needed medicines, lighting the candle from your sweet sister, and doing your breathing exercise. I'll bet the walk will have helped, too (since you said you were about to take it).

Try to bear in mind that this sort of sluggish response time from them is more the norm than the exception (from what others have told me), and once you're back from your walk, have a good dinner, distract yourself with time online, with a good book, or perhaps a movie, and see if you can divert yourself a bit from the anxiety this evening.

How would it be to sit down and devise a list of perhaps 10 or so self-care strategies you could implement as needed to help get you past this difficult period? I really believe you're going to hear something soon, and I also believe it will be positive news. We're all pulling for you 150%! All the best, Susan


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CAROLYNL8E 4/29/2013 3:09PM

    I hope you went for a walk and that it helped. Sounds like the government is as slow in the US as it is in Canada. Just keep up with the deep breathing and listening to music to ward off an anxiety attack. You can do it.
I will be thinking of you

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MAXMAMA45 4/29/2013 12:50PM

    Waiting for your news must be so difficult, you are doing such a good job keeping away the anxiety! Keep it up, Steven. We are all rooting for you!

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