I made it through the phone thing only crying a few times. I was quite frustrated to learn that my mother loaning me money counts as income and so I won't be getting SSI. She said it wouldn't come through for a while (or it is a supplement to SSDI?) or something so I guess that's ok. This is just a tough process. I was just hoping for the extra money. She had me add diagnoses that are less relevant saying everything should be there. She had me fill in a few blanks from the application that I didn't realize were there. And she did something that Dr. Brain said was a good thing--she put the start of disability date as the first day I couldn't work, back in August. That means I'll be eligible for Medicare in 08/2013. The sooner the better. I'm trying to find a policy that is more affordable than COBRA and it's not going well.
Anyway, the disability stuff is way out of my hands now. And there it will remain for a long time.