I called the insurance office today, and my long term disability claim is approved. Yay! I was a bit worried that the claim would be denied because it's a recurrence. I won't get paid until October 19 (they pay out monthly for the preceding month).
I expect to get the official letter saying that I was approved in the next week or two. At least this is something that's off my plate :) I'm glad that I don't have to worry about this now, especially since I don't expect to be back at work for a few months yet. Unfortunately, I can't live on no additional money :)