Let’s do this in order. The lawyer…well, it’s good news, bad news, bad news.
1. Good – She’ll take our case. Specifically, she’s taking K’s. She offered to take Molly’s too because I was “so nice” and she could “Tell what a struggle this has been for us.” She did explain why she thinks they turned it down and pointed out that, as we have seen, at this stage of the game they aren’t too particular about getting up to date info, etc. She said I could do the appeal and come back, or let her take the case now. She’s taking it now. We mutually decided to not to Molly’s because her case was even more muddy and unsure than K’s (yes, K’s is muddy because while she has CF…her case isn’t “serious” at this point so it’s not so cut and dry).
2. Bad – She’s predicting that it could, quite possibly, have to go to court…and that over time it will take us 18-24 months to get anything. 18-24 months…and to top that off…
3. BAD – I shouldn’t get a job. Financially we are borderline for qualifying. If I get a job…we no longer qualify. I’m supposed to call SSI to verify this…but she’s pretty sure, even with a 5 person household we are right there.
So, we have representation and we can only PRAY that SSI takes a better look at our case this time because we have a lawyer…otherwise we have a very long, very poor road ahead of us. BUT, I really liked the lawyer. She was very nice and I could tell that she really felt for us and our case…and that gives me confidence.
Onto K’s shiner. Yesterday afternoon during the heighths of my pain, K was walking around playing. She was playing by the bookcase (Yes, Jess…the bookcase that hurt their toes)…trying to take the books out (despite my telling her no). Well, she had a spell of weakness, or slipped on her pants (they were a little long), I’m not entirely sure what happpend..but she ened up on her knees…hitting her eye into the corner of the lower bookshelf. Luckily it was the corner, the eye socket, so no internal damage…but this is what it looked like last night: