Dear Dr. Huston
Hello sir, I hope this finds you well.
My disability hearing was a shambles. The look in the judges eyes followed by a lightning quick (17 days vs 60-90) decision has left me fairly devastated
Throughout this 15 months I have seen you probably 6-8 times. On our first visit you may remember I was a mess. The original Psych. Had told Disability I only needed a month, maybe two. That comment was referenced although I saw him 2x and he was very ineffective in treating the insomnia.
You gave me more hope on my first visit than at any time in this process. When I shared so deeply you told me “Michael, best case scenario is 2 years and that’s no guarantee.” Do you remember that?
Unfortunately in my denial there were several references made to what the court thought you were trying to say, at one point stating your notes indicated I was manipulating the system. That’s pretty tough for me. I am not so naïve as to think your notes also have/had plenty of support for me. I accept the judge was going to draw out whatever fit his decision.
I struggled all along with your comment that you and the center feel like being involved in the disability process affects treatment. My ruling (and attorney) pretty clearly stated that w/out a Dr. to support me I would never qualify. So….in some ways once your notes are accessed you are involved…like it or not. The courts do not accept the Center’s assertion of not being involved.
With my diagnosis the denial is especially hard to take. It’s 12 pages long and continually accuses me of playing the system. It says I can be an administrative assistant or an eye glass polisher.
The consequences here are devastating as I said. My attorney really wanted me to push you hard about a letter. But I knew how you felt and I didn’t want it to get in the way anymore than you did. I felt like I had a good case and no matter where I end up I know in my heart I did this process with integrity and honesty. You and I and Jess and I had 2 calls this year where I felt like I might need to be hospitalized. The fact I wasn’t was used against me.
I am enclosing the denial. I accept you may not even read it. I am sending it with one request and I believe this is a valid request
Please review his findings of your notes. If you feel in your heart that your message was received correctly then I have no choice but to accept it. My ONLY hope for an appeal is based on any error’s he made. A short note from you, if so warranted and you are willing, to clarify what I believe you will see as a bad interpretation is all I ask.
Again, I accept that I can only ask and that’s what I am doing.
Thank you Doctor