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Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
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Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
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Rephrase the question: I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?
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So, Rick got his SC in May, and during the last month, we have been working on getting his aneurysm fixed. However, we have run into problems. We had scheduled the surgery for the 19th of June, and had made arrangements for that time. My dogs went into kennels, we got a hotel room for two weeks (it's a long recovery), I took FMLA for my job, and we had tickets to send my son to Oregon to stay with my family during the surgery. We were anticipating and had chosen to have an open repair, meaning they would go in and completely repair the aneurysm, which is a long surgery and recovery, about 2 weeks in the hospital.
On Monday, the 16th, the doctor called to talk to us, and said he was concerned about the open repair, he felt it would not be beneficial to my husband, and wanted us to change to the stent surgery. After long conversations, on Tuesday, we agreed to change to the stent surgery.
So, we are at Leavenworth, got there on Tuesday because my son was flying out on Wednesday. We were at the airport on Wednesday to get him on his flight (it was about 1pm) when the VA called to say they couldn't do the surgery because a part had broken on the machine, and the stent surgery called for this machine. They said the part was supposed to be delivered on Thursday, the machine would be repaired and they would reschedule the surgery for the following Tuesday (which would have been today).
They told me they would call regardless, and I made a point of explained the costs that they had put us too, and how much stress we had been under, and my husband asked for them to change back to the open repair, and they said no. I ended up talking to the CFO for Leavenworth, and he indicated while he couldn't help us (surprise surprise) he would do "Everything he could to get this done on Tuesday, and would call us on Thursday to make sure it would happen".
Thursday comes and goes, no call. Friday, he calls, apologizes for not calling on Thursday, but says the part is backordered and it would not be fixed 'for a while". I called in to the surgery department, and the person there, who stated they would call, said "Well, we didn't have any news about what we could do for you next, so I was waiting for news" I explained that ANY information was more then what we had, and we had been expecting a call. I also asked why it was taking so long to get this part, and she said, and I quote: "What do you expect when congress will not give us the money to fix this. If you people would vote people into congress who would allow us to care for you and get off their duffs and give us the money we need, this sort of thing would not happen. If you have a problem with this, you should call your congressman".
I then called the director of the hospital, and got into it with her, and it ended up they were going to go Fee Basis to Kansas City, and made us an appointment for Monday, (yesterday).
Well, we went yesterday, but before we went, remember that comment above that said you should call your congressman? Being the good Vetswife that I am, and knowing that I need to follow ALL VA instructions, I did. Call the congressman, I mean (actually, I called my Senator).
OMFG did that cause issues!! The Senator was PI@@ED to say the least, and took my information. I was given the private cell phone number of the Senator's aide, and told to call as soon as our appointment at KU was finished so that they could make sure that everything was taken care of. We went into KU and were told that the fee basis hadn't been approved yet, but that they would see us as the VA sent everything over. We saw the doc, and the surgery is rescheduled for the 2nd (the day my son comes home, ironically) and it may well be the open repair we wanted all along.
We called the Senator's office back after the appointment, and informed them as to what was going on. We were told the following: The machine was one of many that were purchased by the VA wholesale, and they are all starting to fail now. That's why the part was not available. The Senator's aide had just gotten off the phone with Dr. Trehan, who is the Director of the VA Eastern Kansas system (not the hospital, the entire system) and was told that "Anything we need, we will get" I called the VA Back about the Fee Basis not being approved, and was told that it was at Dr. Trehan's desk, it was up to him to approve it, and I told them that I was SURE it would be fine, they told me that this is unusual, and they weren't sure what would happen, I explained that I was sure, because Senator Boyda's office had just spoken with him. There was a LOONNNGGG silence.
So, hopefully the surgery will happen next week, and hopefully all will be well, but this is why I haven't been on. Hope you all understand.
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