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  • 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 1 of 6 , Nov 16, 2007
      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 2 of 6 , Nov 16, 2007
        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 3 of 6 , Nov 16, 2007
          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 4 of 6 , Nov 16, 2007
            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 5 of 6 , Nov 16, 2007
              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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