An Update to Yesterday’s Update
In my (necessarily) long post yesterday about finally getting a determination on my Social Security Disability claim (it was approved), complete with good news/bad news/just news categories, one of the bad news items was that it was unclear when my teeny tiny payments would begin. The fellow I spoke with over the phone on Monday said his information could be wrong because the approval had just been made and the system was still processing information. He told me my payments would start in March, and so there would be two retroactive payments soon and then the May payment. The official website, however, appeared to indicate that, no, the first payment would be the May payment with no retroactive payments. That makes a huge difference in my situation.
As you may have guessed by the post title, it appears the representative who spoke to me was at least partially correct. I’m now obsessively checking both the SSDI page and my bank balance online. My balance shows a deposit for one payment today. Hurrah! So I at least got paid for April. Hopefully another one shows up soon for March. The SSDI page shows no such payment.
The difference between getting those retro payments is: me having enough money to stay in my current apartment for a few months while I look for subsidized housing versus being homeless in June.
Every bit of news, whether good, bad, or indifferent, really knocks me sideways these days, thanks to my depression and possibly the PTSD. This is definitely good news, and this is the kind of wallop resulting in mind numbness for a day I can live with.
Featured image credits: Matt Inman, The Oatmeal.com, excerpted from “How to be perfectly unhappy” one of my favorite posts from one of my favorite online comics.