I’ve been HIV+ for 13 years.
Recently my numbers have dropped quite a bit (T-Cells down to 106) and I’ve been getting repeated illnesses.
During the past 5 months alone I’ve been out of work on short term disability 3 times with rather serious illnesses. One included a dangerous liver reaction to the meds I was taking, and the most recent illness put me in the Hospital for 7 days in January.
My Doctor put me on new meds which he expects will take around 4 months to restore my immune system.
Meanwhile he suggests I remain on disability till my T-Cells etc are back to an acceptable level.
I agree and am concerned that going on and off disability with repeated illnesses could put my job at risk.
And if I lose my job I lose my ability to collect disability and all benefits including my medical insurance.
I’m still hoping that I will be better soon, will be able to go back to work without missing time cause of HIV related illness, and everything will be fine.
But if not, I’m wondering when is the time to start looking into SS disability?