So I met with a doctor….who first informed me that if I don’t see her at least once a year the VA drops you from the system. Thanks for that warning.
The doctor got my back story as I have explained about 100 times, I am sure someone is putting this into the system, she answered every question I had and anytime I spoke of what I thought might have caused my condition she went into her Doctor babel using big medical terms and denying that anything I have researched was not the cause. So I asked, “Whats the cause?” Her response,” we will have to watch your progression of the next few years to determine the appropriate course of action.” WHAT? A condition that I have had for 11 years which has progressed into worse than 11 years ago and you want to wait some more years to see what happens. Try telling that to a Cancer patient or someone that just had a heart attack. In short, what I got out of the appointment was, she has no answers for me and doesn’t know the appropriate way of getting those answers. Though she was very knowledgeable about my condition which she called Post Phlebitis Syndrome and not the condition that I have been told I have, Post Thrombotic Syndrome. Case in point, the Phoenix VA hasn’t gotten better.
What should have happened in my opinion was to make me an appointment with a specialist that specializes in this condition and anything along those lines. Tell me that you have to monitor me for a few years is pathetic. I would rather you tell me I only have a few years to live then to tell me, lets just wait and see what happens.
Well after waiting an hour for my appointment, 2 hours for my medication I have come to a conclusion….that you join the military to have a better life and to serve your country and then when you get out, well its like you were before you went in. You spend the rest of your life trying to have a better life, but the VA takes that from you.
I know what this country has lost and its compassion, the ability to do for others that they can’t do for themselves, to stand and fight for what is right and wrong, do exhaust every solution before you give up.