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  1. F Y I - You can have both Medicare and Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. However, Medicare and VA benefits do not work together. ... In order for your VA coverage to cover your care, you must generally receive health care services at a VA facility. Fast Track information : https://www.atlanta.va.gov/services/Emergency_Department.asp
  2. F Y I - You can have both Medicare and Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. However, Medicare and VA benefits do not work together. ... In order for your VA coverage to cover your care, you must generally receive health care services at a VA facility.
  3. oats - I respectfully submit that the cpap is a " prescription" issued by an md. Not able to be "taken away" unless noted as unnecessary - medically. - they can judge effectiveness by your O2 saturations. 100 is perfect - anything below 90 is a concern for breathing. They utilize the clip- monitor that attaches to your finger. Dust mites are easily controllable thus, this symptomatology is easily managed. Look at the following link for techniques. Good vacuuming with a Hepa filter. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dust-mites/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20352178 This does not answer your question but hope it helps.
  4. I think Vync is close since your symptomology fits within the framework of the 10% rating. Here is a link about the symptomology, since it notes in your exam C2/3 herniation and also at C5 - The herniation surgery today is streamlined. The usually go in through the front of your neck which is less invasive and stabilize with new or artificial bone grafts or disc replacements. Recovery time is about 4 weeks or so with some residual difficulty swallowing at first due to swelling but usually go home from the hospital 3 rd day wearing what they call a Philadelphia collar for support. After surgery you will have a lot less pain, but limited Range of Motion for flexion extension and side to side - so compensatory techniques for driving will be needed. I know this is probably not what you want to hear or know, but the damage is done, I am an optimist.....I did therapy for 21 years , this surgery gives you your life back. You may have a new claim...... post surgery Here is a link with more information. https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/herniated-disc/cervical-herniated-disc-symptoms-and-treatment-options
  5. Sleep Apnea C&P Exam

    Black3018 I would bring any medical evidence connecting the NEXUS of the sleep apnea claim - WHILE in service to your exam. I alway bring duplicates, since they may not have access to copy. I know there have been recent changes in this rating. Here is the most updated link I could find : : https://www.vetshq.com/2016/05/va-updates-evaluation-criteria-sleep-apnea-claims/ Good Luck with the exam and ..... relax. :)
  6. I appreciate the honest approach, would have missed this since it was not on my email alerts I get. I also think this article give a better perspective of HOW the other side is thinking . I am one to want to know all the good & bad - so that I can plan. I read this 3 times - It is unsettling BUT - I will continue to be vigilant in saving my money in case it were to happen. I am 70% /TDIU one dx and as mentioned before it is always on the chopping block. I also will continue to be proactive and email Senator- White House monthly. Best regards, L
  7. Berta has great insight in that post - I just purchased in TX and we have something that is an alternative to using the VA home loan ( which I now believe is up to $400,000) It is called Texas Veterans Land Board they may have one similar in your state. It is NOT to just buy land, I have utilized it 3 times to buy homes. This may be an alternative if the financing options do not fit your needs. also I recommend a finance company called First Choice - Nation wide - Kept me as a Veteran - in the know of the process and was on time and above board with all transactions. :) L
  8. jfrei - I would be honest- first of all - question that are normally asked are under oath in this situation. I am on SSDI. I respectfully submit - your "question" is buried in all the extra information. SSDI - is based on your work history - how much you contributed and can you be gainfully employed in even sedentary jobs. I think your age is a factor but counter this with the TDIU. jmo I think what I felt you meant to post in the "question" is; the fact that you are competent to be the caregiver of your child- and could this be a detriment to your application (?) (sic)
  9. My TDIU claim was shorted about 9 months. - Last date worked Oct 1 - my claim was paid to July of the following year, - when my NOD was dated/ effective date.... Not proper I know but ....I did not dispute. I received my decision in 370 days from start of claim - thought that was a bigger gift. :)
  10. IU and SSDI

    I have a somewhat different perspective. I received SSDI quickly, 2 months after applying at age 56. If I could have held out another 10 years before accepting the pay out, the increase of pay is $500-$600 more a month. If you can get by on what you have I say wait till 62 at least. But with the SSDI comes Medicare after a 2 year wait- that is also a consideration. the part A cost about $122 a month once it is implemented. ( Part A - Hospital) Once you are on TDIU - SSDI if you don't have substantial savings, you have essentially "flatlined" your income level. meaning this with only occasional raises will be your income. If you are young this is a big consideration. jmo..... crunch the numbers.
  11. I received am IMO from VA Watchdog - Dr Vallette worth the money. I spoke with Dr Bash he is amazing! - wish I had contracted with him b/c I have been unable to get my HTN linked to PTSD without an IMO. Check the symptomatology of your diagnosis, Shin Splint, nor Plantar Fasciitis are not always long term - they can be resolved with therapy and compensatory techniques - such as orthotics and ultrasound. https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/tc/plantar-fasciitis-topic-overview#1 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/242169.php Hope this info helps good luck - 21 yrs of Occupational Therapy experience
  12. unable to start anything

    Jrefi - jmo - I am with Broncovet - the sky's the limit. I feel as though you are limiting yourself - I just got my BS degree through Voc Rehab - I am so glad I did it - it kept my mind alert and I did well in school but did sit at my computer more than I wanted too and had to read all day. I set a schedule up at 5- on the books by 7 - took a lunch break - off by 2-3p - I made it my "job". Now that I am unable to work. I still make my day - a "job" up at the same time - dressed and groomed for whatever the day brings. It helps with depression too. I still get anxiety pretty severely ,but find productive ways to fill my day with purposeful activities. My home is clean - organized et al. I research subjects I am interested in - I have a workbook - teaching myself Spanish. I attend Yoga and support groups at the VA Good Luck
  13. A Win? still have questions

    The last few lines are so confusing and contradictory...... are they drinking at the VA while typing / deciding........ or maybe they need too. I am sorry this is so confusing. I would need assistance in deciphering this too.
  14. An updated link 2017 : read the eligibility wording carefully - looks like that is the key. https://www.prosthetics.va.gov/psas/Clothing_Allowance.asp
  15. jmo- 21 years Occupational Therapy experience. Look at your strength ratings 5/5 - 4/5 is excellent - verses Range of Motion measurements. Very good strength is 5/5 -