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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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Well had a CCV Conference with my NEW VA M.H. Phyistrist this morning.
He was a FOREIGN Dr (INDIA OR PAKISTAN?) DARK COMPLECTED BLACK HAIR, but spoke good English, when he first came on the screen he didn't say anything I said hello he said hello I am Dr Prikiania I am taking Dr H place she went to another VAMC.
I will be your Dr here at the Dallas VAMH CLINIC...He said how you been doing? I said about the same as last time I seen Dr H, she renewed my scripts on my medications and ask me how I was feeling, I said about the same .
I mention to this new Doc ''Dr I been having problems sleeping and I do not take naps during the day'', he said let me read your records..so he took about 5 min and came back and said I see your taking**** I said yes sir but they do not seem to help I said they did when Dr H prescribe them to me over a year ago and I still take them today and I can't feel they are working like they should?
..so I ask this Dr if I can take more or increase the dosage..he said he will increase the dosage to twice the amount I am taking that way you can just take one..he said he will have them sent to me in the mail...and that was about all there was to this meeting it lasted about 20 minutes.
I forgot to ask him if he renewed my scrips for my PTSD Depression and high Anxiety??
..so now I might run out.?
..he said he was reading my medical records and I hope he remembers to renew my meds? He ask me if I feel hopeless? I said yeah matter fact I do Doc but I just learn to live with it the best way I can, he never ask how I do that? he just said ok he ask me if I had thoughts of suicide? I said no not at the moment but I have had those thoughts at one time or another he never said anything...
I am not so sure I will like this Dr he was just basically all business no sense of humor just straight and to the point, but he failed to ask me about my scripts to be renewed and I totally forgot to ask him about that...we just said bye to each other and I said it was good to meet you Dr he never said anything back...so I guess if he judges someone by their looks he must not have liked mine LOL
although my hair was all messy I forgot to comb my hair and just put a T-shirt on and set at the breakfast table with my lap-top camera hook up and all ready...I see no reason to clean up and talk to these Dr's over the computer screen......now I do clean up if I go in to the VAMC Appointments..but here at home I am comfortable just being myself and that's just being comfortable in my Sunday Gruggies and messy hair, ect,,,,ect,,,,
I like to have a little humor in my conversations and not have to be all business like it helps my PTSD to be this way.....I was nervous after getting off with this Dr & my anxiety went through the roof, but I don't feel that way with my old Dr She made me feel relaxed and comfortable and we talked about other things other than my MENTAL HEALTH STATUS.& Medications
I can't see how this CCV with this Dr helped me? he was quiet and didn't ask me that many questions? I ask him if he was new to the Dallas VA he said actually no I been here 12 years now..I never seen him there before and I been going to this VA FOR OVER 25 YEARS and MH the last 6 years..
I DID LET HIM KNOW THAT SINCE THIS COVID-19 CRAP GOING AROUND I HAD TO CHANGE MY PLANS AS FOR AS GETTING OUT TRYING TO BE SOCIABLE , I DO NOT DO THAT AS MY THERAPIST HAS MENTION FOR ME TO DO TAKE LONG WALKS AND JUST GET OUT.....I DON'T DO THAT WITH THIS COVID-19 I AM AFRAID TO GET OUT AND THAT IS FINE BY ME I LIKE BEING ALONE AND BE BY MYSELF. HE SAID YEAH WITH YOUR AGE ITS NOT GOOD TO GET OUT IN PUBLIC TAKE A CHANCE CATCHING THE CORONA VIRUS. I SAID HELL NO Doc.
HE WANTS TO SEE ME BACK IN 2 MONTHS... I ALMOST ASK HIM WHY WHAT FOR? ... LOL... INSTEAD I SAID OK.
I HATE CHANGING Dr in the middle of treatment...grrrrrr
oh well be interesting to see his report in 3 days on myhealthvet.
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