Friday, August 26, 2016


For the most part, the general practitioners at the Harlingen VA are good.  They are just way over worked.  Some refuse to go the extra mile and leave the veteran without the necessary care.  My doctor routinely worked 70 hour weeks until she calculated her retirement date and how much vacation time was owed to her, and she retired.  We lost a very good doctor.

That retirement cost me all of the time spent on getting me sent to the San Antonio Military Medical Center, SAMMC, for what may be a neurologically based respiratory problem.  It is not unusual while awake or asleep I start to suffocate because I cannot breath.

I have now surrendered on the issue. All I can get from the VA is I have been approved for care at SAMMC, but somehow VA Harlingen and SAMMC cannot hook up to make arrangements for the appointment.  I am  told on a regular basis by the nurse responsible for arranging the appointment that she will call me back the same day - never a return call.  I wait a few days and get the same lie.  So I surrender.  You will lose your mind waiting on the VA to get it right.  They are overwhelmed and the Republican Congress refuses to increase their funding.

Did you know the call center used by the VA to receive all of the veteran complaints is in Brownsville?  The workers sit there all day and type in the complaint and they are then sent to who knows where.  Nothing changes.


"He went to the E.R. and was denied service," one of the people, who currently works at the hospital, told the Times. "And then he went to his car and shot himself."

"Someone dropped the ball," the worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the paper. "They should not have turned him away."

The hospital, meanwhile, reportedly said there was no indication Kaisen showed up at the E.R. prior to the incident."

Because Valley Baptist is so dangerous I am not going to the ER although the time has come.  It has been a year since I started to complain about what is probably a second bile duct obstruction.  You complain and nothing comes of it.  The urine test back in June showed possible bile duct obstruction.  I was told to not worry about it independent of the pain.

Well then came the pain which indicates the infection has possibly spread to the pancreas - told to not worry.  Then came the bloody diarrhea with the horrible pain the in pancreas area.  Nothing.  I then raised a stink and got an appointment for an ultra sound for September 7, 2016.  That is the best they can do, unless I go to VB ER, which I will not do.

Last time the VA radiologist misread the ultra sound and it was the specialist who does the bile duct repairs with a procedure known as an ERCP, who caught it. He is also the one who found I had an inflamed gallbladder, although I had it out allegedly at VB some 4 years earlier.  The VA just kept on ignoring me.

So I wait in pain and bleeding.  If I go to VB they can choose your doctor which is not an option.  Further some 5 years ago, they were sending me home rather than do an ultra sound because the ER doctor claimed nothing was wrong with me.  The fact the morphine did nothing to subside the pain meant nothing.  I made a big stink and will never forget the tech's eyes when he was doing the ultra sound.  I said "I am not going home?"  He said "nope."  Then the next morning Valley Baptist told me they had no surgeons available to laparoscopic surgery, so I would have to agree to an old fashion 5 inch incision.

Valley Baptist is never an option unless you are in a life or death situation.  

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