2016 Brings Full Disability

After my harrowing adventures in Kansas (e.g., Three-fisted Punch) I spent the remainder of 2013 and most of 2014 experiencing psychotic break after psychotic break. I landed in the hospital in the Summer of 2014, when the cops were called because I was talking to myself on the street (well, I was really screaming to myself and the voices, making quite a scene). My break was complete this time, as I couldn’t stop talking to myself even in the presence of others. Hospital staff took note and I was oblivious. They started a Disability Application for me, and ushered me through the process as I sat unaware. I stayed for seven days, unconcerned. I’ve heard that the disability process here in the U.S. is quite long, where most of the time is simply spent waiting for your case to be heard by a judge, and I can verify this now through my own experience.

My case was finally heard in late March, with the Judge declaring in the hearing that she ruled my case, as they say, “Fully Favorable” since the date of onset – which was my November run-in with the Kansas State Troopers. It is from this date that the voices I had been hearing only during psychotic breaks has persisted even though the psychosis had ended. I have been trying a variety of meds thanks to my doctor, but none as of yet had impacted my auditory hallucinations. I’ve been out of work, also, since November 2013. It will take another two months before I am fully in the system, receiving payments.

Living with my mom now has helped more than I would have expected, and I enjoy the company after living so many years alone. Mom’s presence keeps me going to bed on time, eating three squares, and staying closer to home. I’m not sure why my writing has fallen away, but I suspect I’ll catch up here this summer with new tales of adventures and commentary on my condition and the Social Security system.

Thanks so much for following along.

4 thoughts on “2016 Brings Full Disability

  1. Anonymous May 11, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    Great to have you back. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. Sorry to hear the hallucinations are still bugging you. It’s extraordinary you can write so well in spite of them. I hope that they disappear some day or that you find a way to live with them. All the best. D

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  2. Kitt O'Malley May 17, 2016 / 5:29 am

    You are blessed to have your mother’s support as you recover. My parents, and later my husband, have helped me immensely over the years. I wish you the best.

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  3. Nic Ramke July 7, 2016 / 7:11 am

    Molly – I know this is ridiculous but my phone dies and I lost your number again. I want to get in touch before the Renaissance fest. My number is 303-722-4929 and my email is nicolasramke@yahoo.com I don’t want to lose touch with you! Take care,
    Nic

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  4. Nic Ramke July 11, 2016 / 6:57 am

    I have a new phone with the same number as my old phone but I lost your number.

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