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Re: [owcp] What am I suppose to do?

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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
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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.
    • 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 2 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 3 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 4 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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