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?
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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 .
-- W James Brokenbourgh Custom furniture maker http://artisticwoodstudio.com/