After my foot checkup, I stopped at the Social Security office. I was seen relatively quickly (for not having had an appointment), and had a delightful and personable young man assist me. It was a complicated question, and he persisted, using the Chat function to get more expert assistance from another employee.
I've withdrawn my application for SS that was in process. I had applied in my own name accidentally.
I have another appointment with a representative to discuss how to apply in my own name, which it appears WILL result in my getting some money - Yay!!!!
At this point, no one can tell me exactly how much. But, I'm OK with that - I just have to trust the process.