Just a heart beat (general discussion)

by Jim in RP, Negros Island, South Pacific, Thursday, April 11, 2019, 21:54 (11 days ago)

away from cardiac arrest. I seen the films and it looks like a metal junk yard. Doc says that 5 or 6 more stents would not do the job. He said if I insisted on more stents he would refuse because in 2 to 4 years I would be in the same boat I was already in. Said he could get me on the OR table Thursday. I said no thanks that 2.5 million pesos (about $48,000.oo) was just more money than I could beg bower or steal in the next day. He use to work for the VA so he knew what I was up against. We checked out Thursday noon and I left the hospital feeling worse than when I checked in. Home now knowing that my next breath could be my last. I need to start, tomorrow, getting my shit in order so there is no fighting over all this junk I will be leaving behind. I would have to dig one hell of a big hole to take it with me. I just hope that the final heart beat isn't to painful. I am service connected for my heart condition. My VA rating is a full 100% permanent and total. Now the VA is requiring me to pay up front for all my medical needs. I believe that they knew damm well why they changed that and what effect that would have on us vets. Anyway Im still breathing and bitching. Our staff, handyman and house keeper, shared the duties of house siting while we were gone. I am really grateful for the both of them, very good people.

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Combat Infantry, the ultimate hunt, where the hunter becomes the hunted and the prey shoot back.

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by Wylie, Other side of The Big Pond, Thursday, April 11, 2019, 23:19 (10 days ago) @ Jim in RP

Geez's Jim I'm sorry to hear about your heart problems. My best wishes and prayers are going your way.

Wylie

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He who dares, wins

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by Dieselrider ⌂, West Central, PA, Friday, April 12, 2019, 05:46 (10 days ago) @ Jim in RP

Very sorry Jim to hear what you are going through. I wish there were ways to help. Sending good thoughts your way.

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by GeneMO, Central Missouri, Friday, April 12, 2019, 08:00 (10 days ago) @ Jim in RP

We have had a bad year medically speaking, so I sympathize with you. Would care be available here in the states? Something they cannot do over there?

I guess I don't understand the whole VA thing.

My Father in law is a WWII vet. He needed hearing aids, and the VA have him a new set, free. The exact same ones I had just purchased myself for $6,000. And his hearing loss is not service related, and he was on no service related disability at all.

My son was in the Navy, and has never been involved in the VA system, although I try to get him to go in and register or whatever.

All confusing to me.

I am praying for the best for you. Don't give up yet.

Gene

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It takes billions to win a war, to loose one takes all ya got.

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by Gerrit ⌂, Puerto Rico, Friday, April 12, 2019, 08:52 (10 days ago) @ Jim in RP

That sounds horrible, Jim, man...

Now, please explain a little more. Would 2.5 million pesos get you a surgery that would get you back up and running? If yes, would the VA reimburse that money completely?
Assuming that is the case how long would it take to get reimbursed by the VA?
If it is like I wrote up here all you would need is a 48 Grand loan for a relatively short time, right?

Meanwhile I hope you will feel (sort of) OK. More good vibes are underway to Dumaguete City!

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Gerrit

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by Jim in RP, Negros Island, South Pacific, Friday, April 12, 2019, 10:54 (10 days ago) @ Gerrit

Now, please explain a little more. Would 2.5 million pesos get you a surgery that would get you back up and running? If yes, would the VA reimburse that money completely?

No not completely.

Assuming that is the case how long would it take to get reimbursed by the VA?

Do not know how long. We have not used the new (foreign medical program) yet.
Reimbursement? Yes they are support to but they are a branch of the government. Looks like my best chance to survive this is to return to the US. I will be trying to set up that surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. All though we are debt free at the moment that angiogram used up most of what we had in savings. I have a $6,000.oo credit line on my Visa card and a request for a temporary increase to 8 or 10 thousand, at our bank. Air fair alone will be around $6,000 round trip.

If it is like I wrote up here all you would need is a 48 Grand loan for a relatively short time, right?

That would completely depend on the "FMP" (foreign medical program) which is a new program by the VA that is forcing Vets to pay up front and in full in order to get the services that the VA should be taking care of in the first place. It is nothing more that a loan program, where the Vets have to loan the VA money to get their entitlements to health care.
There is several thing we need to do in order to make that trip to Ohio. The care of our house here, travel and living expenses, to and in the US. That alone will run $10,000.oo or more. I believe that I can handle that with out a lot of trouble.
The Doc. here in Cebu said that I would need 5 or 6 by passes to bring me back to the living. The biggest blockage, ( @ 70 to 85%) is up stream of the 12 stents I already have. If that one closes I would be dead before I hit the floor.

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Combat Infantry, the ultimate hunt, where the hunter becomes the hunted and the prey shoot back.

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by Gerrit ⌂, Puerto Rico, Friday, April 12, 2019, 11:25 (10 days ago) @ Jim in RP

I have an idea that could help - please check your email.

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Gerrit

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