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A CALL FOR HELP ! IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? OR VA OFFICIAL?

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Blog entry by a1Jim posted 01-07-2011 02:08 AM 9036 reads 1 time favorited 183 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi friends,

I know this is not woodworking but I don’t know where else to turn.
My middle son is a vet on partial disability who had a terrible pain in his side in early October and went to the emergency room close to were he lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon. There he was told that the problem was his appendix and sent to a larger hospital in Eugene, Oregon where he was told it was his appendix and then
would not let him eat for 48 hours waiting for a doctor to look at him and supposedly in line for an operation.
The doctor did not talk to him until the third day and then only after he asked to see his chart. Then all of a sudden they where not sure they could operate until a sack around his appendices infection was reduced.
He was finally given some food after almost three days and sent home with pain medication. At this point he was told that in a couple of weeks the infection would be less and a operation would be in order. After this point he was told to deal with the local VA hospitals, that he would have to drive to or take trains, buses to get to the hospitals and then wait to see doctors who kept changing his diagnoses or saying they don’t what it is but it looks like it shrinking, plus taking some tests, all set weeks apart. He is hardly able to reach anyone and just has to leave messages without anyone getting back to him. They also promise him pain medication that never shows up. He has been in constant pain since October. In addition my son was in a retraining program, through the VA, at a local college that paid for his housing and that required him to maintain a certain grade average and he has not been able to attend class because of his hospitalization and constant pain and now has lost his support that paid for his housing and other expenses for 2 whole terms at school making him all but destitute. I have not had any substantial work for months so I’m unable to help. After he has tests he then try’s to call and see what’s next but can never get through to a live person. If they do get back to him then he gets appointments weeks in advance and then only for a consultation, only to go through the same process all over again all the time being in great pain with no funds to even have the basics. Even worse he’s looking weaker and weaker and is steadily losing weight. We are scared to death that his appendix will burst or worse. Is there anyone who knows how to help him?

  • .....UPDATE…...UPDATE….. UPDATE…...

    JUNE 24TH 2011

IT HAS BEEN OVER A 169 DAYS SINCE I POSTED THIS CALL FOR HELP. JOE AND HIS WIFE ARE FINE. JOE’S BACK IN SCHOOL AND NOT SHOWING ANY PROBLEMS AFTER HE FINALLY RECEIVED HIS OPERATION ON JANUARY 13TH THIS YEAR , AFTER RECEIVING SO MUCH SUPPORT AND LOVE FROM ALL OF THE l J MEMBERS AND INPUT FROM AND HELP
OTHER WEB SITES AND ” WOUNDED WARRIORS PROGRAM ” THANKS AGAIN TO ONE AND ALL FOR YOU HELP AND PRAYERS .
JIM*

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture



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patron

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#1 posted 01-07-2011 02:15 AM

sorry i can’t be of help jim

my prayers are with you as allways

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 01-07-2011 02:16 AM

Thanks David

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rivergirl

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#3 posted 01-07-2011 02:19 AM

My Len is very active in the local VFW- and I would suggest you contact your local VFW and ask for the guy in charge of this stuff. I forget what he is called- but I will call our guy and ask him about this. I can’t call tonight because they are in their officers meetings this evening.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#4 posted 01-07-2011 02:24 AM

Wow, Jim, that sounds terrible. I don’t know anything about the VA, but maybe it’s time to apply for state welfare assistance and let that office get the ball rolling with the VA? Sorry to hear of your troubles. Nothing worse than worrying about our kids.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 01-07-2011 02:27 AM

Start a web page: with a catchy title explain your record again with as many pictures as you can…
Make Links to the site available to everyone… include the Link in all of your emails, all correspondence, etc.

I would want to go to the hospital, ask for the Manager, President, Top Dog… and TALK to him/her explaining what has happened and DEMAND some attention and treatment. (include the Link)

If that didn’t work, I would get in touch with your Senators & Rep’s, talk on the phone and send them your report & record. (include the Link)

If that doesn’t work go to Obama and see if you can the stuff flowing down hill! (include the Link)

If that doesn’t work, contact a few TV stations, & tell them your story. Maybe THAT squeaky wheel will get some attention & action. (include the Link)

Maybe google & find Sounding Boards, forums, whatever where you can report your case. (include the Link)

Email Rush Limbaugh with your report… as many other TV and Radio people.

If that doesn’t work, I don’t know… Out of guess…

There is NO excuse for that type of so-called CARE!

edit: Rather than waiting to see if anything is working after each step, do as many steps AT THE SAME TIME as you can.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Howie

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#6 posted 01-07-2011 02:31 AM

Rivergirl nailed it. Get in touch with the local American Legion or VFW. They have people (advocates) that can help.

-- Life is good.

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TZH

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#7 posted 01-07-2011 02:34 AM

Jim,

I agree with rivergirl. Our local VFW helped me out when I needed it, plus every county in the US of A has a Veteran’s Service Representative who should be able to step in and put pressure on in the right places once they learn of the situation. If you haven’t already contacted this person, please do so immediately. That’s their job – to help vets get the benefits and services they so well deserve. Also, the American Legion might also be another source for help. Good luck and my prayers are with you and your son.

TZH

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#8 posted 01-07-2011 02:39 AM

you may be better off seeing a private doctor. my sister inlaw went to the emergency room with the same pain last october SHE WAS DEAD THAT NIGHT

-- dannymac

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Greg3G

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#9 posted 01-07-2011 02:45 AM

Jim,

I would start by contacting either your local VFW or American Legion. They can help guide you to people who deal with this all the time.
Also each state should have their own dept of Vet Affairs, I would call them as well.
Joe did have a good idea, call your Congressman and Senator, they have people on staff that deal with the VA all the time.
As a Vet, I understand your frustrations in dealing with the VA. Fortunately I am in a position where I don’t have to rely on them for medical assistance but my neighbor and good friend is 100% disabled and still has to deal with them. Unfortunately they have been overwhelmed the past few years, with not nearly the additional resources given to them to cope with the issues.

If I can be of any help, please feel free to PM me.

Greg

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 01-07-2011 02:47 AM

Hi jim;

I’m afraid I can’t be of much help, other than to say a prayer, which I will gladly do. I hope it all works out ok.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 01-07-2011 02:47 AM

Thank you all so much I really appreciate each and every post and PM.

I’m off to teach my woodworking class and won’t be back for a while so if you PM me I’m not ignoring you.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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NBeener

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#12 posted 01-07-2011 02:47 AM

Jim-

I just looked.

The Department of Veterans Administration has what’s called an Ombudsman. Sometimes, they’re the ones who can cut through red tape, get things done, or point you in the right direction.

ORM Ombudsman
1575 I Street NW,
10th Floor
Washington, DC 20420
VOICE: (202) 501-2925

http://www.va.gov/orm/ORM_Ombudsman.asp

My gut tells me that … if there’s a VA that has an Emergency Department … he ought to be seen there.

I know logistics are tough, but … obviously, this doesn’t sound like a minor thing. If there’s any way….

-- -- Neil

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NBeener

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#13 posted 01-07-2011 02:51 AM

I like 3fingerpat’s link. Same idea as mine, but closer to home.

Best of luck, Jim. Fingers and toes crossed ….

-- -- Neil

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RetiredCoastie

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#14 posted 01-07-2011 02:54 AM

I was also going to suggest the VFW or the American Legion. The Legion is who I went through to get my service connected disability recognised. I would also contact your Senator and Congressman. I would also contact the media. This is no way to treat our Vets. I am appalled and saddened that your son is being neglected by the very institution that is supposed to help him. You and your family are in my prayers.

P.S. I have a friend that works at the VA hospital in Eugene and i have contacted him to see if he can help. Send me a PM with contact info if you wish and maybe he can help.

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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mafe

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#15 posted 01-07-2011 03:01 AM

Dear Jim,
I can’t be at any help sorry.
Only can I say that I send him all my best thoughts and support, I know all about beeing in pain and stucked in the system. I walked arround in pain for almost eight years untill some one took me serious and I then got operated without sucess…
So all I can say is to your son:
I’m with you, keep fighting, keep your focus strong on the good moments, and use this when the pain is there. Life is not fair, but so beautiful when we look. You are welcome to send me a mail if you need someone to talk to, someone who understands what it is to live with pain, it helped me to talk to others in the same situation.
Best thoughts from my heart,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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