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July 24th, 2011, 07:12 PM
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My son was born at 36 weeks..to the day. He has a bruise on his head and they were concerned about the position of his nose, eyes and ears. My 10 yr old has that to and its genetic and can prove to be some kind of mental issue later. So that we will need to watch. The bruise is gone but he still has to be watched as he gets older.

Ive heard 36 weeks isnt pre term but is called..late pre term?? He was in the NICU for 4 days, and had jaundice also.

Hes had 2 appointments and so far is healthy.
He was 6.3 lbs and dropped to 5.5 lbs in the NICU. The following week he went to 5.14 then 6.4lbs.

Also I saw something about SSI. MY 10 yr old has ADHD and was denied it that was 5 yrs ago. We were told to re apply cause its so hard to get on the first time here. He also has eye issues due to a genetic eye problem and has had surgery once and may need more to fix the muscles. The new baby has to be watched now. WE will need to get a CT scan for his head this week, and after he out grows the baby eye cross thing, have an eye check. Can my 10 yr old qualify and the baby due to being a pre term baby, and the bruise?

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July 25th, 2011, 02:15 AM
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Preterm= born before the end of week 37.
Premature=born before their oragans are sufficiently developed, usually lungs are the last to mature.

So I would say your son was both premature and preterm. SSI is hard to get if the baby is over a certain weight. I'm not sure what the cut off is but over that weight and you have to prove disability. I have a brother who has type 1 diabetes, ADHD, Aspergers syndrome, neuropathy and is blind in one eye. He has been denied SSI twice already and now has to wait 8 months before he can appeal again. They make it really really hard to get approved. I have a daughter with type 1 diabetes and ADHD and I've been told she won't qualify for SSI because they aren't disabling. If you want to try and get SSI, I would find a good lawyer that will take your case and see what they suggest. Most will at least tell you if they think you'll be able to get it and then not make you pay unless you qualify. It's different from state to state as well.

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July 25th, 2011, 12:13 PM
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Ditto Rebecca. Jim was a 27-weeker and he was denied for SSI because he was "too healthy." I think in theory we could have appealed it but for us it wasn't worth the headache. This part of the country is famous for denying EVERYBODY who applies for SSI, our local office's rate of denials is much higher than the national rate. Lawyers who specialize in social security appeals have no trouble finding work around here.
~Beth in Seattle

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