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Wanderer

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About Wanderer

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    E-4 Petty Officer 3rd Class
  • Birthday 07/21/1960

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  • Military Rank
    E5, HM2
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    United States

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  • Service Connected Disability
    80%
  • Branch of Service
    USN
  • Hobby
    Writing

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  1. I doubt I did. I told my sleep apnea C&P examiner the above scenario minus the vaccination, so he may have done something with it. I think I can bring it up on Healthevet. I will try to find his report.
  2. With all the current concern over measles vaccines and all, it dawned on me this morning that my 30% asthma problems started in boot camp when I came down with measles from their vaccination. And now the VA is deciding on my claim of sleep apnea secondary to asthma. The OSA caused brain damage when the asthma and its debilitating cough (roommates had moved out because I coughed so loud and often at night) was rampant and I haven't been able to work since Sept 2017. I'm now pondering the implications of it all starting with the boot camp MMR vaccination.
  3. Thanks, bronc, my C&P examiner did report that it's more than 50% likely the sleep apnea is secondary to asthma. I hope that may suffice. Edit: But he's not a sleep or pulmonary Dr.
  4. My claim for obstructive sleep apnea is in the last couple of weeks of evidence gathering and decision phase. I found a medical article from the NIH dated 2009 that supports my claim that sleep apnea is caused by my 30% rated asthma. I'm considering copy/pasting the article in a word document and including the link with a key paragraph highlighted. I contend the sleep apnea damaged my brain from prolonged oxygen deprivation (I found another article that discusses this brain damage observed through patient cognitive decline and MRI exams- *should that be included too? The link is below) since I suddenly came down with such symptoms (memory loss, confusion, agitation that interferes with life activities), disabling me since September 2017. This is it, if anyone wants to check it out. The key section is titled: WHY ASTHMATIC PATIENTS ARE MORE PREDISPOSED TO DEVELOP OSAS https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2637171/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4153061/ Or would submitting them not help and slow the decision too much?
  5. I should have clarified, the handwritten parts are notes to myself to answer their requests. They can be ignored. I posted it to see if it can be determined if this letter is addressing my request for sleep apnea or my request for Individual Unemployability. I cannot tell.
  6. Thanks, Buck and Vync, speaking of checking the mail, I got an official letter from them asking for records and such, but couldn't tell if it was for my sleep apnea claim or IU for bipolar they recently granted. Idiots don't say in the letter. I had just found out before seeing the C & P examiner that a set of health records the VA had been asking for half a year were wrongly dated by them, so they have had no medical evidence of my sleep apnea diagnosis made 2 years ago by the VA. I mentioned this to the examiner and he brought them up on his workstation and used it. Does this mean I do NOT have to do an ROI for those 2 years they asked for and which he found? I attached pics of the docs I have questions about. Do you think it's about my sleep apnea claim? It did come about 2-3 weeks after the C & P. Or could it be for my Indiv Unemp which is also recent? My big question is, should I pull the 5103 trigger now (30 day decision)?
  7. Thought there was a forum for C&P but I can't find it. The examiner for my sleep apnea claim did state this: MEDICAL OPINION SUMMARY ----------------------- RESTATEMENT OF REQUESTED OPINION: a. Opinion from general remarks: Is the Vet's OSA at least as likely as not (50% or greater probability) proximately due to or the result of his SC asthma ? b. Indicate type of exam for which opinion has been requested: Sleep Ap TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION PROVIDED: [ MEDICAL OPINION FOR SECONDARY SERVICE CONNECTION ] a. The condition claimed is at least as likely as not (50% or greater probability) proximately due to or the result of the Veteran's service connected condition. c. Rationale: It is well known in medical literatures that OSA is associated with excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and it is linked to other pulmonary conditions such as asthma that causes nocturnal awakenings. The number one risk factor of developing OSA is obesity. Resource: 5 minute clinical consult. With that established, what weight does this carry for approval? Is it a hands down winner for me?
  8. Right, I knew I was on their reporting system, I've just been waiting for the funds to make amends and getting my banking accounts going again. I owe about $800 to two banks, so there's that to factor in. What pisses me off is they are 90% fees that kept accumulating as I struggled financially. A few years ago banks would wipe most of the fee portion out but it could be worse. Just paid Wells Fargo. Thanks for the bank info. I like no ATM foreign fees with USAA. Is that for any ATM machines? I don't need a physical branch so much, I think.
  9. Hope this sub forum is ok for this topic. I have to pay some fees from a couple checking accounts I crashed then I hope to open a checking account. Is there much of an advantage to use a military affiliated or marketed bank like USAA or Navy FCU over say, Wells Fargo, Bofa, or typical banks?
  10. Thanks, dog. I appreciate that. It looks like I will go to Supplemental Review (at first glance) then. THey're deciding now on my IU.
  11. I'd need verification for this news item before I make any conclusions. Federal programs are not that easy to kill.
  12. Google tells me the first of each month, but for the past several months or more, I've received payments as early as the 23rd... It's driving me nuts not knowing.
  13. The hope is incredible, isn't it? My whole life has been turned around through my disability awards.
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