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    • Maybe I should have commented, but if they already have over 100,000, then they probably wont read mine anyway.   The VA has been using "non Doctors" already.  I actually tend to favor allowing nurses to do C and P exams, that is, if they have the requisite expertise/experince/training in the applicable field.   I had a C and P done by an MD who ADMITTED she had no training or experience in sleep apnea.  (Why was she doing a sleeep apnea exam?  Probably they had no one else.  There are just a few sleep docs in my town, and probably none of these want to work for VA for some good reasons).   The sleep apnea exam was unfavorable.  I contested the c and P exam based on the issue that the examiner was not qualified.  She simply had no sleep medicine experience and was unqualified to offer an opinion, even tho she was a doctor.  She could have had a Phd in Electric circuits, and that would not mean she knew about sleep apnea.   The main thing is that Vets need to be educated.  They need to ask the c and p examiner for his/her CV, or at least is she board certified in the applicable specialty.    Then, if the C and P exam is unfavorable, they should decide whether or not to challenge the competency of the examiner.  Vets often think if they have a "white coat", then they are obviously a doctor and know what they are doing.   Many years ago I wore a white coat and a stethoscope. I was a respiratory tech trainee, and often confused by patients that I was a doctor. My son married a doctor, and she relies heavily on her PA.  She trusts the PA, and signs her name to pretty much anything the PA decides.   My wife was a nurse.  She often called the doc and said, "this patient needs more pain med" or whatever.  The doc virtually always agreed, and did as the nurse suggested.  (In the nursing home, most of the time, the doc wont show up, sometimes for a month or more.  So, the nurse is obviously calling the shots, the doc is "signing off" on it.  
    • The CD works great especially if you have a long medical record.  Mine is a couple thousand pages.  Its easier to search.  I got my last cfile on CDROM, too. Reccomended:  Make yourself an "index".  It will take some time but save you time later.  My cfile was "NOT" in date order, or in any other logical progression.  Here is a little sample of what I call the "RBA (or cfile) index".  RBA INdex: RBA pages 1-56  BVA decision 2012.   Page 57.  VARO decision date... (Its your index, so you can put things like, "denied IU", or something to help you remember what this decision was about).   P. 96.  VAMC health records, 1 June 04- May 08 P. 128 C and P exam for tdiu   etc, etc. You can use "color codes" for your index, if you like.   For example, I put C and P exams in green. RO denials in Red. (Green means money).  
    • Do they pay you any travel pay when you pick them up? I heard from many vets that do get their glasses mailed to them.  A couple have said they get them adjusted for free at Walmart.  The eye clinic at Pensacola mails glasses and tells vets they can get them adjusted at Walmart--I talked to them last week.  I chose to live near a military base where I can get my glasses adjusted.
    • Eeeh, i want paper, you always wanna be sure "Friday Filing" hasn't affected your CFile. JMO.

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Anyone Know Of A Ptsd Forum For Children/family Of Vets?

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My poor daughter has it rough - both parents with severe, chronic PTSD (as dx'd by the VA). She's in her 20's and has grown up with our oddness, etc.

None of her friends have parents with mental illness (the only one who did shot himself when he was a senior in high school).

So I was wondering if anyone knows of an online forum that she could go to, spill her guts in private anonymity. My therapist offered to have her come in, but she declined. I know it's because she's loyal and doesn't want to betray me or her dad.

But in an online forum, maybe she could let it rip and get some stuff off her chest?

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Im VERY sorry to hear that. Ive a Son 23 and a husband that had to live with my MH ISSUES too. Ya cant love someone and not feel SOMETHING, when you look at it, putting myself in their place and it was ME who was in their position. Anyhoo, not about ME, moving on:

Heres what I found. That same question was posed in answers.com and this was the answer:

"You can go to webmd and it gots all the information one needs to help the person who has the ptsd make it easier you also can look into groups that function in mental health yahoo .com theses will help to."

I found this while looking and it looks well organized and specifically mentions spouse and family. I dont personally endorse or know any of these , but the link looks promising to ME. Good luck to you, and I hope it works out, tho it seems like it always does. One way or another, it always does. Sincerely, Mystic

https://www.ptsdforum.org/c/portal/

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My poor daughter has it rough - both parents with severe, chronic PTSD (as dx'd by the VA). She's in her 20's and has grown up with our oddness, etc.

None of her friends have parents with mental illness (the only one who did shot himself when he was a senior in high school).

So I was wondering if anyone knows of an online forum that she could go to, spill her guts in private anonymity. My therapist offered to have her come in, but she declined. I know it's because she's loyal and doesn't want to betray me or her dad.

But in an online forum, maybe she could let it rip and get some stuff off her chest?

Hedgey, I'm going to be odd man out on this one.The internet is so unsecure anymore I would not want any of my kids going anywhere on it to discuss such personal information. She is so young that she could easily be manipulated by some freak using the info she discusses online to use against her. Any inter most feelings will be on the internet forever. Anyone could take one of her feelings or opinions and use that against her 20 years from now. Just because we feels one way at a point in time doesn't mean we will hold true to that thought a month, year or ten years from now. Such personal things would be best dealt with off line face to face in a safe environment with people who will help her understand her feelings. I'm sure such programs as like the Wounded Warrior or like programs have groups for spouses and children of veterans with disabilities.Then after finding one of these groups, I'm sure they will have chat rooms where she can find others experiencing the same feelings she has that she can go and just share OTHER similiar things that give pleasure like music, sports, hiking and other things and leave the inter personal stuff behind closed doors amoung friends.If there is any good things that can come out of war in todays world is that there is now alot of support groupd out there for our modern heroes that we didn't have 40 years ago. Until things change the internet always has and always will be unsecure for those that are vulnerable.Please don't expose her to the worlds sickies/cowards hiding behind a flat screen waiting to prey upon their next victim. I'm sure there is probably a dozen orgs or more out there than would handle your little girl like the precious jewel that she is. Hope she finds the right group! Mike

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I also think that if she KNOWS you two are seeing a mh professional, that should BE HUGE by way of making her feel better. The issue is being addressed. yall are doin the best you can. She has a certain amount of assurance its not gonna be like the "old days", and if shes like my Son, he figures HE ISNT BROKE, so why expend all this energy to fix himself. If she sees the proof in the puddin and all is better AND STAYING THAT WAY, If you get what Im sayin, Hope so. Good luck, truly. Im there, where you are too.I certainly dont know it all, but I do know what I know, it usually suffices, then its therapy time, Ive learned a bit there. I share here sometimes. Mystic

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My poor daughter has it rough - both parents with severe, chronic PTSD (as dx'd by the VA). She's in her 20's and has grown up with our oddness, etc.

hedgey,

She can access therapy at the nearest Vet Center - which would be someone different than your therapist.

www.vetcenter.va.gov

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