Options because of VA health care failure….

I really miss working and having private insurance, even though it was spendy… I always had a option and I had good care for me and the family….

When I had to give up work in 98, I fought for my full disability with the VA… I didn’t know at that time I had suffered multiple strokes and had many TBI’s, one that was severe…. No one ever told me………..

I had been using the VA after my discharge…. when we came back from Japan… but I also was civil service and had insurance…. so VA use was not frequent, until 96, when I started getting off the private insurance… by 98 VA was my primary care….

By 2001 I had won my social security disability, by myself, no lawyers needed… took me 2 years, but I did it… and I got my medicare…. which I didn’t use, but had to pay for….

By the time Mike got sick in 03…. we had lost half our income and were solely dependent upon my VA and medicare…..

Since being on Hawaii, I had Tri West, but now you have to wait for VA approval, so I don’t waste my time with the federal employees playing god at the Hilo office… endured that the first couple years here, enough trauma from that rude woman….

But… I still have options… I am using all of the above… my medicare, my Tri-west that was already approved and the VA……

And no one is talking to each other…………… yep health care in America….

What I do, get a copy of all the records from all the doctors I see… and If I fail to do that… Mike puts all the information about the physian in his notes and I request from them at a later date… regardless, I always keep a copy of what any medical or dental do…. including the eyes…..

And it virtually does zero good…. because, who ever you are seeing, has to be willing to look at the documents or records… and rarely do they have the time to do that… so what do you do???

Educate yourself…. Become an informed patient… Learn about your illness, make sure the professionals got it right… they are wrong as often as they are right, just a FYI on health care…..

I’ll gather all my info from everyone… scan it into the computer, as a memory of what did get accomplished… so that in the future… I don’t go through the same tests again… I can pull from the file and say…. this is what it is…… and own my own health care….a good PDF program is good for this purpose….

We are weighing our options… if the VA screws me on the dental, leaving here will happen in the spring and the house will be up for sale…. so play, maintain and wait…. if the VA does the dental…. Mike is already planting more trees, between us and the noisy roosters…. yep, they got more than one now…either way, my options are entirely up to me… not the VA… we are just waiting to hear what they plan to do, according to the dentist, I am suppose to know what is happening in November this year….and fairy dust makes you fly…..

I Remember… Margie….

Sgt. USAF DAV

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