BzeroB – This needs to be addressed and hopefully resolved. The goofs involved need to be booted out and a new crew installed. This is annoying and an insult to veterans. Especially in a time of need they get screwed!
VA wrongly denied $53M in emergency care claims, affecting 17,400 veterans
This is an update for all those out there that need to know!
My surgery went well. The double hernia repair was done yesterday at the John Dingle VA Center in Detroit. It was an outpatient laparoscopy surgery. I also got a two-fer. The surgeon made an extra op to remove a mass I had on my right side of my abdomen for many years. After it was all done I had a total of 5 incisions.
I must say that I was maximum sore when I left the hospital but the meds work awesome! I did get a great nights sleep and this morning it is all slow and easy.
This great AM it is sunny and 70 and I am now out on the patio with my coffee, my stereo is cranking out some nice Eric Johnson, and of course I have my laptop blogging away. Nice and relaxing. Faye Dean gave me a bell to ring if I need something. How sweet! I was leaning more towards a sports air horn but opted not. Steve has been kind enough to hang out here for a couple of days as a babysitter. I really believe he is here more as an enforcer! Cause I tend to push the envelope on my recoveries and I need someone more forceful than Faye Dean, she’s just a girl!
One of the most traumatic parts of the whole scenario was no coffee or bagel the morning of after nothing after 10PM the night before. And then being on my back in the middle of the day for more than a few hours was annoying. But the truth be told I was out for a bit of that. Another agitating sidebar is that the meds they gave me is a severely dry mouth. And I mean severely cottonmouth. So I will bugger off those ASAP!
I just want to add my own VA sidebar here
We all know that the VA as a whole has some issues on a wide variety of levels. That is not anything new. But with that being said I want to put my 2 cents in.
In all the years I have been in their system my experiences have been mostly positive. Other than some scheduling waits I have been treated well. And on both occasions using the ER it was spectacular. One incident I was inside in 5 minutes the other I was in in 15 minutes! Way better than a regular medical facility.
The docs have addressed all of my issues in a timely manner and in the case of this hernia event it was taken care of in a very timely fashion. While I was checking in for my surgery which is done right next to ER I witnessed a temper tantrum from a vet that didn’t seem to want to get in line to be seen. After being told he would be seen in the order he arrived. There were 4 or 5 people ahead of him but he was dizzy and wanted to see the doctor RIGHT NOW! And then launched into a explicative laced tirade about how that was a bunch of crap and stormed off! I am not sure what planet he was from but that is pretty much how it works at most medical facilities – first come first served. Unless you are missing a limb or something like that. So I am sure he is the kind of person that would be all over the VA for being a bunch of goofies. Sad but true. Just my observation.
But for now I am good to go. So the next few days will be slow and easy. And I will be better in the coming days.
Another good visit. On Monday, Aug 4 I had a consultation with a orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Gersel, at the Dingle VA Center in Detroit. I ended up being seen by one of his associates. No biggie.
As usual it went well. My complaint was that my right hand thumb mechanism (joint) had degraded to the point that it is causing me some chronic pain and discomfort. And for me it is a major annoyance because I am right handed. A few years back I had my left hand reworked for a similar problem and they eliminated the base joint. It was very successful and it looks like the same will happen here. We viewed the x-rays taken a week earlier together and while I am not a medical specialist it was visually apparent that there were some structural defects and anomalies. It was a comfort to me , and surprising also, that during our conversation and eval that he expressed the same advise that was given to me in the past by my previous orthopedic doctor. He said that surgery was a last resort but when the pain of the surgery is less than the every day pain then it is time to get it done. After my initial exam he did get me a shot of Cortizone in the joint to ease the pain for now. [ And let me tell you this! It stung like heck! I actually was questioning whether it was a good idea. ] He actually ordered a set of x-rays on the left hand to see exactly what the previous surgeon had accomplished so successfully. I have a followup in November to figure out when to get it done. If I have an issue with it before then I will be seeing him earlier. That was cool.
Once I left there I made the best of my trip downtown and headed down the hall to get the x-rays done of my left hand the doc ordered. They weren’t registered yet so since I also needed to do a full blood workup and since I followed the instructions and fasted from midnight on I went ahead to the Vampire Lab to let them poke me and do their thing. It actually went quickly. A bit of a wait, because they are always busy, but all in all it went quickly And by that time, 11 AMish, I was starving! So back up to x-ray, where they now had the work order, and I was done! Excellent! All before noon.
I made a quick exit and headed for the nearest fast food emporium! Done! Done! And Done!
I was finally able to get all my paperwork submitted to the VA and get into the medical system. It took about 4 hours at the VA Center in Detroit. It has been a bit of a hassle to get all of it done but I am in and my ID and appointment schedule are online. I will be pursuing some disability once they get all the documents and examinations together but until then I just need my medical coverage. We shall see.
Second, I have some “new to me” patio chairs
As you have already surmised I do like my patio and I also like durable patio furniture. And it doesn’t hurt to be a bit comfy while you are enjoying it. I already have rescued three round metal patio tables and have my sections of granite counter tops as my side tables. Yesterday while I was out and about I happened to drop in on one of my local thrift shops. In my rummaging around I came across four heavy steel mesh patio chairs with cushions. When I asked the price the comeback was “40 bucks”. I responded with “Each?” and he came back with “No! The whole set”. I quickly dug into my wallet and proceeded to have them loaded up!
I was initially going to purchase some of the resin chairs but we all know just how sturdy those are. This was a great coup for me and my patio. So now Faye Dean and I have a nice set of real comfy patio chairs to go with the nice metal tables. All we need now is an excuse to cook something! Not a hard task at all.