Last week I had an appointment with the a physical therapist. This was recommended by my primary care doctor to see about how I can overcome my physical pain and try to determine what is causing my pain that shouldn’t be there. During my appointment I noticed something that I have always noticed, but didn’t really think about. Why is it that Doctors (most) don’t know how to type? Just about every doctor I can remember uses the chicken pecking method. Now I know that typing doesn’t make a Doctor better, but if you think about it, it could shave some time off of patients sitting and waiting for your to finish your typing. Even if you just took notes and took time to type it later.
Anyway, I learned more about my condition than I knew before. Interesting that my physical therapist knew more than my primary care provider or she knew more, but didn’t want to tell me. Either way I learned more in an hour with him than I have over the past 11 years. Plus the first time since 2009 that I have been given a full body exam, which during my last claim exam didn’t even happen. Even though the filed paperwork from VA states that it did. During my exam I learned that my left knee which has given me issues since basic training has become worse, we also determined that my nerves in my back are out of whack which could be the reason I am in so much pain.
So now I am having another appointment to have a tens unit fitted and go through aquatic therapy to see if that helps. All in all this was probably the most productive appointment I have ever had to date with the VA. Do I think the PHX VA is changing. Well I haven’t really seen a change. I still don’t feel they are doing everything they can for Veterans and I know that one good appointment does change anything. More and more Veterans are finding themselves in the same boots as I am. No real care and no accountability for their actions.
The same accountability we are seeing in the VA is exactly the same accountability that we are seeing in our Administration. Everything flows down in this country. From the Administration to the lowest level. Once we change the mind set of the Administration then we change the mindset of everything else below. This will only take a strong effort from all Veterans!!