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  • keb121984
    This is my problem right now and I need some advice about what to do so I don t get caught up in a trillion medical bills. Back in May, I got what they thought
    Message 1 of 6 , Nov 16, 2007
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      This is my problem right now and I need some advice about what to do
      so I don't get caught up in a trillion medical bills.

      Back in May, I got what they thought was food poisoning, then it
      became Gardia then they just weren't sure. I haven't been able to
      eat normally since. Since May I've lost 40lbs (I'm only 5'4" and
      wasn't overweight when this started) while activily trying to put on
      weight (I stopped running and started eating more junk food). The
      exact words I got from 2 different PCMOs when complaining of weight
      loss was well you look good now. Besides stomach pain, I've been
      loosing my hair and becoming very dizzy when standing (two things I
      told the PCMOs and they ignored for months). In October I got very
      sick again which was never resolved. But they found out I'm positive
      for the ulcer bacteria, have a bengin liver tumor and enlarged
      liver. After not being able to find a medication in Ukraine (were I
      was) that I wasn't allergic to, I was medically seperated for
      reoccuring ulcers. They got me out of Ukraine with in 24 hours of
      getting the paperwork from Washington. I did not finish my COS
      paperwork, packing, or anythign before they had me leave so I could
      see an American doctor right away (that was last friday). Washington
      doesn't even have me listed as not in Ukraine when I talked to them
      yesterday.

      The Ukrainian doctors made me to believe it was an ulcer and a few
      weeks home with antibiotics was all I needed and then I could get
      reinstated. They were also trying to tell me everything was stress
      related. Once I got here, my doctor did not believe it was an ulcer.
      They are still trying to figure out whats wrong. So far OMS has been
      helpful (after a slightly nasty email to my PCMO in Ukraine). They
      keep faxing forms so I can get more tests and see a specialist. I
      need to know how to get medication covered and what to do if OMS
      does not want to cover something.

      Right now, I can't eat anything without getting sick. I'm still
      losing an average of 2-3lbs a week. And the dizziness is getting
      worse. OMS told me I couldn't go to the emergency room but everyone
      around me thinks I should. The doctor started talking about getting
      me admitted in a hospital but I'm afraid FECA won't cover it. I
      haven't gotten a chance to read everything posted but I noticed a
      bunch of posts about Senator Dodd. I live in Connecticut. Would my
      best bet be to call him now? I can't afford to pay for any of this
      but more importantly I need to be able to start eating something
      soon.

      To make my long story short. What am I suppose to do so everything
      gets paid for and I get results quickly?
    • Donald Weaks
      Don t let them medsep you until you know what is wrong with you, because going home with a handful of 127C s will prove to be totally frustrating. Above all
      Message 2 of 6 , Nov 16, 2007
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        Don't let them medsep you until you know what is wrong
        with you, because going home with a handful of 127C's
        will prove to be totally frustrating. Above all before
        you COS make sure you sign up for Corps Care for 18
        months. I COS'd and left Washington after a fruitless
        couple of weeks trying to find out why my kidneys had
        failed after serving in West Africa for 3 years. I was
        finally diagnosed with a genetic blood disorder which
        I contend was aggravated and/or brought on during my
        service. The PCMO and FECA chose to disagree with me.
      • Kevin
        Hi Katie, and welcome to our group. I wish it were under better circumstances. It s awful to be ill and have to face a myriad of bureaucratic hurdles. I hate
        Message 3 of 6 , Nov 16, 2007
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          Hi Katie, and welcome to our group. I wish it were under better
          circumstances. It's awful to be ill and have to face a myriad of
          bureaucratic hurdles.

          I hate to advise you to act defensively, but given our collective
          experience with OMS and OWCP, I think it would be wise. If I were
          you, I would contact Senator Dodd's office immediately. At the very
          least, a caseworker in the Senator's office could contact OMS for you
          and get your questions answered. That way, it wouldn't be your word
          against PC's should OMS later deny that it had said something and
          decide to reneg on an agreement (both of which happens,
          unfortunately). Also, a Congressional inquiry might get things
          moving a bit more quickly.

          Has OMS transferred your claim to OWCP? It's not clear to me what PC
          is accepting responsibility for and what will become the
          responsibility of OWCP, and when that switch will occur.

          It concerns me that OMS has told you that you cannot go to an
          emergency room. Obviously, one shouldn't go to an ER unnecessarily,
          but should your condition reach the point where a prudent person
          would seek emergency care, you should not be deprived of that
          option. OMS and OWCP shouldn't take actions that endanger, or
          potentially endanger, RPCVs' health, yet they do it all too often.
          My advice: Should you feel the need for urgent care, first call your
          doctor's office. If you cannot reach your doctor, then go to an
          urgent care center or ER. If you reach your doctor, follow his
          advice even if that is to go to the ER.

          It sounds to me that you are being responsible--i.e., trying to
          follow PC's rules and to make sure the mechanisms are in place for
          payment of your medical bills--but your health has to be your number
          one priority.

          Good luck, and please keep us informed. I would be interested in
          Senator Dodd's response and what effect that has on the process.

          Kevin

          --- In owcp@yahoogroups.com, "keb121984" <Backus.Katie@...>
          wrote:
          >
          > This is my problem right now and I need some advice about what to
          do
          > so I don't get caught up in a trillion medical bills.
          >
          > Back in May, I got what they thought was food poisoning, then it
          > became Gardia then they just weren't sure. I haven't been able to
          > eat normally since. Since May I've lost 40lbs (I'm only 5'4" and
          > wasn't overweight when this started) while activily trying to put
          on
          > weight (I stopped running and started eating more junk food). The
          > exact words I got from 2 different PCMOs when complaining of weight
          > loss was well you look good now. Besides stomach pain, I've been
          > loosing my hair and becoming very dizzy when standing (two things I
          > told the PCMOs and they ignored for months). In October I got very
          > sick again which was never resolved. But they found out I'm
          positive
          > for the ulcer bacteria, have a bengin liver tumor and enlarged
          > liver. After not being able to find a medication in Ukraine (were I
          > was) that I wasn't allergic to, I was medically seperated for
          > reoccuring ulcers. They got me out of Ukraine with in 24 hours of
          > getting the paperwork from Washington. I did not finish my COS
          > paperwork, packing, or anythign before they had me leave so I could
          > see an American doctor right away (that was last friday).
          Washington
          > doesn't even have me listed as not in Ukraine when I talked to them
          > yesterday.
          >
          > The Ukrainian doctors made me to believe it was an ulcer and a few
          > weeks home with antibiotics was all I needed and then I could get
          > reinstated. They were also trying to tell me everything was stress
          > related. Once I got here, my doctor did not believe it was an
          ulcer.
          > They are still trying to figure out whats wrong. So far OMS has
          been
          > helpful (after a slightly nasty email to my PCMO in Ukraine). They
          > keep faxing forms so I can get more tests and see a specialist. I
          > need to know how to get medication covered and what to do if OMS
          > does not want to cover something.
          >
          > Right now, I can't eat anything without getting sick. I'm still
          > losing an average of 2-3lbs a week. And the dizziness is getting
          > worse. OMS told me I couldn't go to the emergency room but everyone
          > around me thinks I should. The doctor started talking about getting
          > me admitted in a hospital but I'm afraid FECA won't cover it. I
          > haven't gotten a chance to read everything posted but I noticed a
          > bunch of posts about Senator Dodd. I live in Connecticut. Would my
          > best bet be to call him now? I can't afford to pay for any of this
          > but more importantly I need to be able to start eating something
          > soon.
          >
          > To make my long story short. What am I suppose to do so everything
          > gets paid for and I get results quickly?
          >
        • Doug Hemken
          First, take care of your medical needs. It might take years to clear up the paperwork later (that s what our little net-group is all about), but that is much
          Message 4 of 6 , Nov 16, 2007
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            First, take care of your medical needs. It might take years to clear
            up the paperwork later (that's what our little net-group is all
            about), but that is much better than wrecking your health permanently
            while waiting for "permission" or "clearance". If you can't keep food
            in you and are losing weight, you should be admitted to a hospital and
            put on intravenous nutrition ("hyperalimentation") until your weight
            stabilizes.

            Peace Corps and the US government CANNOT cut you off in the middle of
            a medical crisis. The Senator's office can help you clear up a
            hopelessly log-jammed paperwork mess, but your first priority at this
            stage is getting medical treatment.

            Doug Hemken
          • Felicia
            Are you in Washington right now? Have you been checked for gallstones? That was what I had when I couldn t stop throwing up and was in horrible pain. You
            Message 5 of 6 , Nov 16, 2007
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              Are you in Washington right now? Have you been checked
              for gallstones? That was what I had when I couldn't stop
              throwing up and was in horrible pain. You should call the
              Peace Corps and tell them that this is an emergency and
              that either you are going to a hospital right now or they
              are dealing with the problem right now. If you are still
              in the Peace Corps, then this is their problem and I don't
              think you are responsible for the bills. Don't let them
              put you off. Tell them that this must be dealt with
              immediately. In fact, you might just want to call them
              and tell them which hospital you are going to and then go.
              -- Felicia

              > This is my problem right now and I need some advice about
              > what to do
              > so I don't get caught up in a trillion medical bills.
              >
              > Back in May, I got what they thought was food poisoning,
              > then it
              > became Gardia then they just weren't sure. I haven't been
              > able to
              > eat normally since. Since May I've lost 40lbs (I'm only
              > 5'4" and
              > wasn't overweight when this started) while activily trying
              > to put on
              > weight (I stopped running and started eating more junk
              > food). The
              > exact words I got from 2 different PCMOs when complaining
              > of weight
              > loss was well you look good now. Besides stomach pain,
              > I've been
              > loosing my hair and becoming very dizzy when standing (two
              > things I
              > told the PCMOs and they ignored for months). In October I
              > got very
              > sick again which was never resolved. But they found out
              > I'm positive
              > for the ulcer bacteria, have a bengin liver tumor and
              > enlarged
              > liver. After not being able to find a medication in
              > Ukraine (were I
              > was) that I wasn't allergic to, I was medically seperated
              > for
              > reoccuring ulcers. They got me out of Ukraine with in 24
              > hours of
              > getting the paperwork from Washington. I did not finish my
              > COS
              > paperwork, packing, or anythign before they had me leave
              > so I could
              > see an American doctor right away (that was last friday).
              > Washington
              > doesn't even have me listed as not in Ukraine when I
              > talked to them
              > yesterday.
              >
              > The Ukrainian doctors made me to believe it was an ulcer
              > and a few
              > weeks home with antibiotics was all I needed and then I
              > could get
              > reinstated. They were also trying to tell me everything
              > was stress
              > related. Once I got here, my doctor did not believe it was
              > an ulcer.
              > They are still trying to figure out whats wrong. So far
              > OMS has been
              > helpful (after a slightly nasty email to my PCMO in
              > Ukraine). They
              > keep faxing forms so I can get more tests and see a
              > specialist. I
              > need to know how to get medication covered and what to do
              > if OMS
              > does not want to cover something.
              >
              > Right now, I can't eat anything without getting sick. I'm
              > still
              > losing an average of 2-3lbs a week. And the dizziness is
              > getting
              > worse. OMS told me I couldn't go to the emergency room but
              > everyone
              > around me thinks I should. The doctor started talking
              > about getting
              > me admitted in a hospital but I'm afraid FECA won't cover
              > it. I
              > haven't gotten a chance to read everything posted but I
              > noticed a
              > bunch of posts about Senator Dodd. I live in Connecticut.
              > Would my
              > best bet be to call him now? I can't afford to pay for any
              > of this
              > but more importantly I need to be able to start eating
              > something
              > soon.
              >
              > To make my long story short. What am I suppose to do so
              > everything
              > gets paid for and I get results quickly?
              >
              >
              >
              >
              > Yahoo! Groups Links
              >
              >
              >
              >
            • FourDirect@aol.com
              Katie, I would do as many of the suggested ideas you can possibly fit in. Your health must come first. Documentation is the key. Since this occurred while you
              Message 6 of 6 , Nov 16, 2007
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                Katie,
                 
                I would do as many of the suggested ideas you can possibly fit in. Your health must come first. Documentation is the key. Since this occurred while you were actually in service and not after, as in my case, the correlation between your illness and PC will be much easier to make. With every medical encounter just make sure you get records immediately. You can sort much of it out after you are feeling better.
                 
                Contacting Sen. Dodd's office just to keep them apprised about what is going on is a good idea - when you are able. You can have a friend or family member do this. And do everything by letter so you do have a paper trail while sending cc's to the office of OMS. Just keep working on your health at the moment and I feel that if you need to go to the ER or be admitted you need to do that and deal with the payment later. If you have records and bills you will be able to get that covered later.
                 
                Keep us posted and know that you are not alone.
                 
                Nancy
                NYC




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