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Steppenwolf

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  1. I'm still having problems finding things. Maybe some of what I posted the last time I was here was discarded? It's also puzzling to me about where to post things: questions, information, or how to find things that might have already been answered. It's tempting to post here where it's most easy for me to find THIS post but something tells me that to do that is not a good idea. So, for instance, I thought I posted to Berta last time in a post the she talked about law ( I think??? ) I can't find that post and if it was removed, that's okay but how come I can't figure out where to post a question about laws and laws as they may or may not pertain the VA issues? I have a question about aide and attendance for me. My PCP quickly thinks I won't qualify while my shrink all too quickly wants me to take a competency exam because I MISTAKENLY took and over dose. Of all drugs to consciously take an over dose of; who would take an over dose of Lexepro? Plus, in the ER the nurse came in a said to me that she looked up Lexepro and my so called over dose was consider " a normal dose " by many. I also had a bone draft on Monday and was not given any antibiotics. With in 3 hours I had a fever. With-in 24 hours I had a fever of 105 and was delirious ( I live alone ) This is why I was asking about aid and attendance. So I posted my concerns here mostly because I can't seem to figure out this new site like I did the old one. Any feedback?
  2. That's what I've been told by others and think that it's good advice. It's just too bad we can't get what our disability equates to. I don't understand SSDI. The friends I had that got it called it " crazy money ". Don't know what that means either I just never applied and perhaps it's too late for me.
  3. I was using the manage followed content which left me thinking that I might have tagged on to someone else's post. Thanks for the help and suggestions...still haven't found what I thought that I posted....maybe it was in a dream <g>
  4. I think I posted a question about VSO's having different answers to the same question and maybe went further asking about stirring things up by reopening ones case. How might I find it if I posted it?
  5. I forget if there is a policy here not to link or mention other veteran organizations that are helping/posting But the one I found very interesting is one where the comments fill up very fast. Veteran's are reading ( including the one that you just posted ) and commenting to a point where " comments are closed " with-in a day. Not sure if there is a limit but I haven't had a chance to add my 2 cents yet. None-the-less, there are lots of interesting posts about the ongoing dirt that keeps piling up. If it's okay to post the site I will do that next time I'm here.
  6. Somewhat different; maybe needs a new category. If I can make this comment to reflect what I'm thinking maybe one of the ADMIN people can move it to the most applicable category. So the point of the original post has to do with the issue of my disability rating with an important element about getting different answers to the same issue and question. After signing out of HADIT I ran into a few other issues unrelated to my rating or disability but very much related to this universal condition of UNDERSTANDING what to say, where to say it, how to say it and even why to say it. Maybe as I'm thinking about it now it should fall into " social chat " but how is it that what once seemed like a simple question now becomes difficult to figure out? Also what seems curious to me is how hundreds of news agencies report on the issue that I posted about the Durham VA's " scandal " and here on a site called " Hadit " there are only a few comments. One of the places that reported this story was on The DAV website and there are so many replies that the story was closed for further comments. Most of the comments included other veteran's experiences but one that jumped out at me was a story about the Director who was Director at another VA and she had a horrible trac-record there also yet she winds up with this 6 figure job here in NC making the same promises that she made at the last medical center. Maybe my point is multifaceted but basically asks: what is important enough to band together to endorse change in this screwed up system? One vet on the DAV site wondered out loud if the practices of the VAMC weren't possibly responsible for his illness's not getting better and in someways getting worse. Speaking for myself I can say that I often feel as if I am on a leash with appointments way in the future and almost always being hammered with medications. <-----This it self can be a whole discussion where we compare notes about how similar conditions are treated. Furthermore Prostate issues are RADICALLY different from one VA to the next. Should there be a common data base collecting this information on VAMC's? Just saying especially after being DX'd with prostate cancer and having the Durham VA taking a way to caviler approach to what to do. Should we have one discussion category for these men's issues and one for the female issues which are out there and does ANYONE know what the VA policy's are about them?
  7. I've spoken with several different VSO's who have a different take about my disability. The one who told me to " leave well enough alone " has a familiar ring in other area's of my life but does it apply here. Similar recommendations warn about opening up things for a new look. One VSO asked what I am looking to gain? Maybe that is the question I need to ask here. If I'm considered unemployable is there any benefit in opening up a case and going through that rat race that I did for far more years than I even know. Thanks
  8. My PCP doc asked me if I had heard the saying: " If you've been to one VA then you've been to one VA." He told me that when I asked him how is it that the West Palm Beach VA gets many things done while the Durham VA seems to find ways to explain ( if one is lucky ) why they can't get things done. On Thursday the 2nd I hand delivered a letter of discontent to the directors office. One the 3rd while waiting for the UPS truck (ALL DAY MOST OF THE TIME ) I got a phone call from the PCP's nurse informing me that my medications were waiting at the Durham VA at the window. This nurse would allow me to get a word in edge wise and told me that there were only two choice: pick up my medication on Friday or get them UPS on Monday. I was out of medications and had to drive 42 miles to pick up the meds in mild withdrawals and I was shaking and enraged. I wrote a follow up letter to the director on the same day that this incident was happening. This medication non-sense has been happening for 8 years; always a mistake and a story. How is it that the news industry can't put one and one together and simply ask Veterans to submit their stories. Maybe an all out humiliation of the facility might get something done. The director is now answering questions about pictures of veterans on the floor and waiting for hours to be seen. Maybe if she fielded questions about every offensive practice the public would know and the representatives would know and the size of the problem might lead to change? Or am I dreaming?
  9. I wonder how many stories we will hear like yours and mine vs the others. They're all valid but fall under the old adage about everyone has an opinion. Since you work in that area of gearing real life calls they care more weight than mine which are opinions and hear-say. Thanks for reporting in! Do you hear the stories about foreign objects mysteriously finding their way into odd orifices? My medic buddies had many stories like that and used to wonder out loud: How did the rubber duck get in THERE? LOL
  10. There are many questions going unanswered about health care issues. I've heard it said all too often: " The Question is Rhetorical " which has become a joke of late on SNL and many network comedies like Life in Pieces. I think what's happening to health care is also happening to the way that we communicate by always looking for the negative comment or commentary instead of looking for answers. So, on this subject I want to add my two cents: When the system has doctors, nurses, Emergency workers, police and fire fighters all spewing out the same flaw in the ointment by telling EVERYONE to " GO TO THE ER if...." If anything, if you have a hang nail or a splinter, a cold or a tummy ache then WE have what we have and the answer as to why the system is screwed up might start right there. Someone should publish a book of ER True Life Stories. ER doctors do not know YOU. You are a number or the next one up. They are taught to triage so if on the day that you are there because you ran out of meds and there is no one else to call; god help you if someone comes in after you bleeding, or throwing up, or complaining of chest pains ( " Chest Pains ALWAYS gets you to the front of the line ) Don't think that people haven't figured that out and use it. The get a quick EKG then ask about their REAL problem and the get handled. That hospitals and doctors haven't figured this out isn't surprising because the bottom line is if one says: " CHEST PAINS " they must be taken first. I've also spoken to some ER docs who HATE dealing with " snivelers " who come in to the ER for everything. Well think about it: that is what they are told to do without ever considering the consequences. The methodology is stupid and broken. Now consider the COST of an ER visit. Who pays for that? No one is EVER turned away so someone pays for it and it are the people with the best insurance. They pay for it in charges that they never look at because in their mind they think to themselves: " That is what I am paying for so who cares what a Tylenol costs? or an 15 second EKG. What in the world can a 15 second EKG show unless someone is having a MAJOR cardiac episode where when the trauma of the attack lingers in the P waves or the T waves? A 15 second ekg mostly shows nothing unless they just happen to be running the test when an event happens. Ask me and I can show you a 15 minute stress test that I was told looked as if I was a 35 YO athlete but 3 minutes into the cool down when one person was whipping down the treadmill and the other guy was doing his notes, I FELT what I always feel just before an attack happens...I KNEW I was going to have an event so I continued to watch the EKG that the attendants weren't watching. I see a slight fluctuation in one of the graphs and then it goes off the chart. Now I am not having a full blown heart attack but something called an SVT. During cool down my heart rate was down to 92 the shot up to 240 for about a minute. I called attention to the attendants who then jumped up and where trying to figure out what to do. I don't like that feeling but I certainty didn't panic because I KNOW that makes it worse. After the minute it went back to 107 and took a while before it was down to " normal " Now it's documented but I must have been to the ER a dozen or more times and they never saw anything; but I did get to the front of the line; not that I WANTED that, in fact I stopped saying " chest pains " and started saying what they really were: " sensations " but " chest " is the key word so they still move me to the front every time. My points are this: 1 It's the wrong way to treat health issues in the ER. 2 No one answers the question about what's wrong with health care because they tell you that the question is Rhetorical. and last but not least many ER workers work long hours and are tired of being disturbed at 3 AM when someone comes in with a cough. I'm sure there may be some health care workers in here who think I'm all wrong and maybe they are Florence Nightingale, or Mother Theresa reincarnate and they hate hearing my two cents. But if they are honest I think that they would have to admit that there are many doctors and nurses who get tired with the trivial stuff. 40 years ago no one went to the ER unless it was a real heart attack, a major car accident, a knife or bullet wound ( not many of those 40 years ago ) or a broken bone the was sticking throw the skin. Pregnant women didn't even go to the ER unless they couldn't reach their doctor and back in the day there was ALWAYS a cover doctor that would meet you at the hospital. It worked then why won't it work now?
  11. Durham VA addresses viral Facebook post showing long wait in emergency department Zachery Eanes Zachery Eanes Mar 3, 2017 Updated Mar 3, 2017 Durham VA Director Responds To Allegations Of Neglect Caused By Viral Photos by Staff Writer 13 · Published March 3, 2017 A basic search brings up dozens of articles about this but the only way to comment is by joining the organization that is publishing the story. I understand the need for a modicum of accountability but who wants to JOIN all of these different news organizations to contribute to the story. Is it possible to comment here and have HADIT contribute a mailbag full of comments?
  12. Thanks Berta. i didn't realize that others get that strange emotional reaction. The other thing that happened was the filing with the US court for veterans claims. Two people mentioned to me that if i file i would get solicited by attorneys wanting to represent me. The day after i filed my mail box was full and my phone didn't stop ringing. ( another reason to turn the phone off ) Just when i thought i could put the paperwork away for a while the crap is pouring in from everywhere. i know it sounds unreal but my head hurt so much i seem to be losing my sight literally! In fact everything hurts.
  13. Thanks to all for the congrats. A kinda strange thing happens with me when i get good news. To go into details here about what that is might tarnish the "success" board. But since you guys are my brothers and sisters i want to talk some about it in another board to see if i'm not only the Steppenwolf but also the Lone Wolf. Thanks again! Stepp
  14. Over the years for whatever reason the VA envelope arrives just before a holiday. The news was always "DENIED" But maybe there's been a reversal of fortune. Friday i called the 1-800 number to ask about my hearing request and was told that there wouldn't be a hearing. My request for an increase was approved! Earlier in the week i spoke with a probono attorney in DC who had reviewed my other denied claims and he thinks the BVA made a mistake and his firm wants to represent me. Today i told him to file the appeal with the CAVC. July 4th has a whole new meaning for me. Thanks to the HADIT clan for tolerating my rants and helping me understand this strange process. BTW The letter has not arrived yet but i called the 800 # again today to see if there was any new info. The letter and a check went out today. It's Martini Time in NC!!!
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