Thursday, August 5, 2010

Journal - Job Market

I’m still thinking about that lady from the Lion’s Club. One of my fears is that I’ll get my sight back and my social security will be cut off and then I won’t be able to find a job. Part of me was sort of hoping the job market would pick up a little before that happened.

Today, I called the SSA in Grand Island to ask how quickly my benefits would stop if I was no longer disabled. The guy I spoke to said my benefits would continue for nine months. Actually, what he said was that if I go back to work, any month in which I earn more than $720 counts as one month and if I earn less than that, the month doesn’t count. After the ninth month that I earn more than $720 then my benefits will stop. That kind of makes it sound like I can keep getting disability benefits forever as long as I don’t go to work. It sounds a little screwy and I don’t know whether to believe him or not. I’ve gotten so much mis-information and truth slanting over the last two years that it’s getting pretty hard for me to believe what people say. If he had told me that my benefits would stop exactly one minute after my surgery was complete, I would have believed that.

I am reminded once again that I need to keep my faith with God, and not on human beings. Only God can carry me through this, and no one else. I feel very fortunate that there are a few people here on Earth that I can count on to help God’s plan along, but ultimately He is the focal point.

Probably what I will do is make a couple more calls to SSA and try to confirm what I was told today. When it’s all said and done, this won’t be a deciding factor, but it would be nice to avoid a nasty surprise later on.

On an unrelated matter, my mouth is feeling pretty good today. I had quite a bit of soreness when I woke up this morning, but I took some Ibuprofen like the dentist said and I’ve felt fine ever since. Still taking it easy though, I’ve only eaten raviolis and mashed potatoes today. And Pepsi of course. I can’t wait to brush my teeth again, yuck!

1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.


  1. No matter whom he uses to carry out his plan, it is ALL about God. :)
    I think He knows what He's doing. A time for everything and a season and so on.

    When you DO get your sight back, you don't think he has a job all picked out for you already? :)

    Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

    Now, you'll know what to look for. :)

    I love you.

  2. The 9 month thing is correct. It's called an attempt to work or something like that. So I think it's actually 9 months after you start working. It's all very different with the blind. Our rules are different. I'm sure you would have a period of adjustment and healing after surgery and stuff too. Definitely check it out further, but that's what I've heard too. And I've also heard that you can call social security and say I have a job now, or I'm healed now and they'll just keep sending money beyond the nine months because they're so back logged, but then they'll want it back. So if you want to stop receiving benefits because you have a job, be sure to save what they send you because they're want it back. ;)

  3. Thanks for the info Ro, that's good to know!