Hi gang. Thanks again for your support. On Tuesday I went to see the Psychologist for the Exam arranged by Social Security. Wow. I don't know where to begin. The appt. took about 2 1/2 HOURS. The doctor, who was cordial, seemed surprised when I told him that SS told me that I was there to have my memory/cognitive skills tested. He verified who I was again to make sure he was talking to the right person, then he said SS told him I was there for "an IQ test". Mmmm. Then he said that the SS Office often messes up and asks for the wrong thing, but since I was there he had to do what he was instructed. Then I went through a TESTING MARATHON that included written and oral spelling and math tests, just to name a few! He tested me in an abundance of ways, most of which I couldn't figure out the relevance of to Fibromyalgia. He asked me to name the President, and a series of super easy questions like: What year is this? What day is it? Where am I? Who am I talking too? Count back from 100. Have I ever thought of hurting others (that one came out of the blue and totally shocked me). I had to put together all these puzzles, with blocks and cards. The puzzle and card tests were timed (he had a stop watch and timed me). Needless to say this was a bit overwhelming and it flustered me. When I told him I had to go to the bathroom he reluctantly let me go twice, then when I came back he reiterated that we were on time schedule and to give short answers and hurry along. That put the pressure on and I hurried through the answers as fast as I could. But it didn't allow me to explain anything, which I think is going to hurt my case. Anyway, I also had to do fractions and algebra! I felt like I was back in high school or college. Also I had to take these little cards and arrange them to make a story, and I had to look at pictures of things (frogs, people, bridges, buildings) and tell him "what was missing" from each picture. I had to answer questions like "does the sun rise in the east or west" and all kinds of what I would call "general knowledge questions" that most people know. Example, I had to give a definition to a whole series of words, most of them easy. Actually, the whole test was fairly easy, EXCEPT FOR THE HARD MATH -- I hadn't seen math like that in a long time. But the easy math was things like, if you go to the store and they're having a 50% off sale and an item costs $50, how much would you pay for the item? Those type of questions were verbal. Then we left the "testing room" (which was a small room where we sat at a small table together) and went to his office, which was huge and beautiful. That's where he asked me the off-the-wall stuff, like have I ever thought of hurting myself. Then he said he had one more question to ask but he was out of time, and he said he'd call me that evening or the next morning to ask it. He told me the question was to describe an average day, so to be ready to answer it when he called. Well I've been waiting at home for the call, and I've stayed off-line so he could reach me (that's why this update is late, because I didn't want to tie up the phone line by being on the computer) but he hasn't called. Who knows if he will, but he said he couldn't submit the paperwork without the answer to that question. In the very beginning of the testing/interview we talked briefly about Fibromyalgia, and I told him that my memory and cognitive skills (I used the term brain fog to describe it to him) were a major reason for not being able to work. He said matter-of-factly that he treats Fibro patients all the time, and that memory problems ARE NOT part of Fibrmyalgia! I dropped my jaw and was speechless (he was, after all, supposed to know about Fibro). He also asked why I wasn't on a special diet to help Fibro, and if I ate potatoes. He said Fibro people shouldn't eat potatoes. I was still in shock over his memory statement, so I just said I've heard and read about a lot of so-called cures but potatoes, or lack thereof, wasn't one of them. During the testing he said my problem wasn't my memory but that I don't appear too attentive to details, and I get distracted. Well I KNOW I have memory problems, and who knows how this will all end up, but it sure was a strange experience. And the "memory testing" if you could call it that, wasn't quite right in my view for Fibro patients. He'd repeat a series of numbers, like, 3, 5, 7, then IMMEDIATELY ask me to repeat them, so I'd say 3, 5, 7. Of course I can do that. I can't remember all the other stuff he had me do, but that's it as far as I can recall. Thanks again for all your support. I'll keep you informed about my SS Disability progress. He did ask me if I drove there myself, but didn't listen when I explained that I was able to do so because his office was just 5 miles from my house, plus my husband and I had a "dry run" to his office the day before to make sure I could get there okay. All he wrote down was "yes" as my answer as to whether I drove myself. Oh, he took notes the whole time and wrote down brief answers to his questions. I don't know what to think of all of this. It really didn't seem like a "real" IQ test, and it wasn't really a "memory test" -- so I'm just confused. He also said, while looking at me, that he had to write down for SS a description of me, so I sat there while he looked at me and wrote down what I looked like. The next day after the appt. I was in a flare-up and had more pain, fatigue, and was a bit stressed. I'm better today. Thanks again for your interest!