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The VA’s “Whole Health” Program

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Hello again all:

Its been a minute or so since I posted/replied to much here.  

I hope that those who helped me in the past are well and doing the best they can.  In addition, I was lost where to ask this question.  I scoured the ‘search’ engine resulting in zero, so if I’ve irked any of the administrators, please let me know and I will initiate and complete my own DA FORM 4856 (General Counseling Form).

 

Subject: The VA WHOLE HEALTH PROGRAM

 

This program was recently suggested to me, yet I don’t know anything about it or it’s results, good or bad. I’ve done research online and from what I gather, it combines a holistic approach, whereby the VA takes into consideration one’s body, mind, spirit, community and other things.  

 

All I was looking for was some alternative forms of help with my injuries and pain levels. More specifically, I was asking about Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection Therapy. I’m due another surgery on my knee and possibly my second one on my right shoulder, which would give me a total of six surgeries.  And these are just the muscular-skeleton injuries I have.  

 

My worries about this program?

i just hope I’m not assigned someone and they talk to me about breathing, diet, sleep, ‘mindfulness.’  I’ve been there and looking for a little more results.  

 

Would really love love it if someone that was in the program chime in, but I’ll take any input at this point. 

 

As always - thank you for any time in reply!!

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3 minutes ago, Vync said:

Kind of tough when you have a full-time job.

absolutely.. .or if you have mobility issues, lack of public transit, etc etc etc... it is frustrating.

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4 minutes ago, GeekySquid said:

absolutely.. .or if you have mobility issues, lack of public transit, etc etc etc... it is frustrating.

I live about 20 miles from the VAMC, but it takes an hour or more to drive each way. Mobility issues are definitely a factor. The VA provides a parking deck about a mile from the facility. They run shuttle buses back and forth, but the route they take is bumpy as hell. Not good for patients dealing with spine pain and radiculopathy or when you have chronic asthma and a smoker sits next to you. If I am lucky, I get parking at the university parking deck across the street so I don't have to deal with that.

To make things worse, getting back to work and making up for lost productivity is a challenge too. I typically have to take a half a day off just to visit the doctor. Never really have any quality vacation time saved up either.

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1 minute ago, Vync said:

typically have to take a half a day off just to visit the doctor.

totally get it  and agree.

It is one of the reasons I am of two minds about this push towards Community Choice.

If a vet is stable in their condition and just need routine follow ups and general care like vaccines, I am all good with going to a Private Doc. It is the veterans who have more severe issues that need serious and specialized care that the VAMC's have expertise in that I don't want to see diminished. Particularly for rural veterans with few medical provider options.

Taking a day off just for a routine exam is absurd and of course you lose those wages, or at least many do.

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2 minutes ago, GeekySquid said:

totally get it  and agree.

It is one of the reasons I am of two minds about this push towards Community Choice.

If a vet is stable in their condition and just need routine follow ups and general care like vaccines, I am all good with going to a Private Doc. It is the veterans who have more severe issues that need serious and specialized care that the VAMC's have expertise in that I don't want to see diminished. Particularly for rural veterans with few medical provider options.

Taking a day off just for a routine exam is absurd and of course you lose those wages, or at least many do.

That makes sense. I am getting cardio therapy through community care. It's a couple of miles from my house and before work, so it works out well.

However, I wish we veterans could get the equivalent of CHAMPVA-type care. Just go to the doc of your choice, show your card, and get treatment. We have health insurance through work, so there typically is no extra cost unless the doc wants to do something off the menu. If a veteran wants to get their care at the VA, no reason to stop them. My gripe with getting care at the VAMC is that half the time I get some noob doc who is not thorough or experienced and everything takes forever. I had an infection recently by the VA, they gave me some antibiotics, but it didn't go away. I went to a non-VA doc, they did labs and imaging, had the results an hour later, and gave me a combo of antibiotics and other meds that got rid of it. I had to pay the co-pays out of my pocket, but it was worth it to not feel miserable.

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1 hour ago, Vync said:

Correct! My doc recommended I join their MOVE or Tai-chi programs. I asked if they can do it via telehealth, but no, they require you to drive to the VAMC downtown regularly for that. Kind of tough when you have a full-time job.

I can highly recommend TaiChi.  I was having problems walking thirteen years ago.  I have been doing TaiChi for those thirteen years and even with serious neuropathy I can walk better than I could when I started.

 

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