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    past 15 days horrible, back into hospital again, this time i went to civilian hosp. swollen all over places you dont want that tho happen, couldnot brath againm, admitted ti icu, and they did a complete workup, found out lots of things that the navy either ignored or missed. had to have abdomen tapped, they pulle out 4 full liters of fluid, bp vey very ow, heart not working well. but they went to work, got my blood pressure up, got o2 going and bp up where it needs to be. long and painfull. but they did another tap to see if fluid back abdominal cavity, could not find enough fluid too safely try to get out (good thing) sent home today really feeling good

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    Ira,

    Thank you for the update. We've been worried about you! Glad you are feeling better!

    Yet another case to why our government shouldn't be in charge of our health care.... Glad you went to a civilian hospital.

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    Glad you are back home and feeling better.

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    Glad your Okay Ira and back in circulation!!!

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    Ira, you remain truly inspiring. May we all posses a fraction of your perseverance!

    gmwillys, It is disappointing to say the least to be a tax payer, who supports our military and respects our veterans, to have to see that instead of the best treatment they may very well get the worst.

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    My dad was a WWII vet and he did go to the VA when I was very young to have a cyst removed which turned out good, but later on he went a few times but he told me he wasn't going back. I don't know why they don't just have vets go to their local doctors and bill it to the government like Medicare.

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    Welcome Home

    Quote Originally Posted by pelago View Post
    really feeling good
    Things had been quiet for too long. When you're quiet, it's like back when the kids got quiet - something was up. We are sincerely glad you're wiggling around again. Don't try to do it all at once now that you're home

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    here is most of the saga
    This is difficult to write. But needs to be said.
    My entire life s a Marine i was always confident that if humpty
    Dumpty fell off a wall and got busted up the the US Navy would do its damndest to put
    me back together, and they did on numerous occasions, Now a retired
    old guy, and sometimes in failing health. Right after Christmas, i thought i
    was doing good, flat stomach. 206lb 6'3" active and felt good.
    Around first of Jn got sick. sitting inmy family room all of a sudden could not breath.
    911 called and of to USNH Camp Lejeune NC. was admitted thru the ER.
    In ICU. Navy treated symptoms, got me breathing ok and said you can go home after four days
    there. five days later its worse. and i was beginning to balloon out?? 225 lbs. Again admitted
    first they said pneumonia, then change minds and said it was not Did a procedure in room to tap lung,
    drained 2 full liters of fluid. Ok, they said you can go home? A week later it is horrible
    I weigh 249lbs. 206 to 249 in a month, one would think that might be prudent to try to find
    out why. Never happened, taken to Navy for 3rd time. admitted again, after a day and half still no doctor??
    then some cheerful little Intern comes in and in her best tinkerbell routine says "and how are we today"
    I am pissed, this bimbo does not even know my name, I say "you dont even know my name do you"
    she quickly goes to her notes, I lost it and aid get your *** out of my room. put my clothes on
    and walked out. They got a bit excited about that. two young corpsman and some guy in civilian clothes
    actually grabs me in parking lot. Looked at him and said. that is not a good idea. pushed him away, not gently
    had to take a fifty dollar cab ride to get home. At no time did the US Navy ever say "there is something
    going on and we need to find out what" never. a bit of a side bar, I still have a piece of a russian made bullet in left hip
    showed up n XRAY. two doctors and a student doctor spent 25 minutes trying to let them remove the "foreign body"
    from my hip. I got pissed, and said "ITS NOT A FOREIGN BODY ITS A ****ING BULLET, AND IF YOU YAHOOS
    SPENT AS MUCH TIME TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE **** IS WRONG WITH ME AS YOU DO THIS WE ALL WOUL
    BE BETTER OFF.
    Just finished two weeks in a Civilian hosp, ICU, all kinds of results, had abdominal cavity tapped and a full 3 liters
    of fluid drained, Mucho blood pressure problems and now medicines to restore me to previous health..

    Heart has issues, but am on meds to restore that as much as possible. Right now feel great. active and working on hobbies
    and again working on my 1952 M38A1 jeep, but am so so much better.
    But this saddens me. When i was in boot mp caught pneumonia and sent to Balboa Navy hosp. Open ward
    right across from me a WWI vet, very sick , he got same care as i did.
    I turned 75 during this whole affair, and i can still remember the WWI vet clearly

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    Due to recent experience, the Long Suffering Misses and I have found out which one of our local hospitals is nothing more then a band aid station. After spending four days with them poking, prodding, putting blood in, then drawing blood out, the sent her home with a hardy good luck. They said that they could not do anything more for her, and that was it. No recommendations on to where to go next, or even a hint on where to start. We came on a collective decision to drive to Birmingham, AL to the University of Alabama at Birmingham 's hospital. Besides the long wait in the waiting room of the ER, things went pretty fast afterwards. She spent another six days between the ICU and a step down unit, and seen more specialist in all the areas of ailment. We were very pleased with the amount of attention she was getting. The only gripe we have had is that the specialist that we had seen for the next couple of years up and got on his flying carpet and sagged out of town. Now we see the top surgeon in the department.

    Long story short, glad you went to a more comprehensive hospital. We are not the same group without you on here.

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    I have a friend who about a year ago was telling me he was having chest pains and short of breath, had been to the doctor and she told him he had pulled a muscle and was too young to have heart problems. He was 42 at the time. I told him not to take that for an answer and that was absurd. Went to a cardiologist and next thing you he has 4 bypasses.

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