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Michael Terrell?  Anyone heard from him in awhile?

He wasn't in the best of health.  Hope he's OK.
        
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Re: Michael Terrell? Anyone heard from him in awhile?
On 7/10/2017 4:25 PM, Jim Thompson wrote:
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I sent a private email to him.


 > Michael,

 >  SED is starting to ask about you.

 > Are you OK?

 >                        Mikek



I have been waiting since November to see a Cardiologist. I can't sleep  
laying down, and I am constantly fatigued because of getting very little  
sleep, in a chair. I haven't been on Usenet for a long time, or Facebook  
for more than to post a couple messages to old friends.



Michael A. Terrell



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On 7/10/2017 4:25 PM, Jim Thompson wrote:
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I sent a private email to him.


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I have been waiting since November to see a Cardiologist. I can't sleep
laying down, and I am constantly fatigued because of getting very little
sleep, in a chair. I haven't been on Usenet for a long time, or Facebook
for more than to post a couple messages to old friends.



Michael A. Terrell
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Mikek, please forward this as an email to Michael just in case he doesn't  
read sed.  With apnea I too breathe much better sleeping in a semi-reclined  
position and what I found works best is an adjustable backrest.  This one on  
amazon looks the best but I had already bought a similar, shorter one before  
this came out so haven't actually tested this model:  
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X90GPU2/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smidA3%KWMSVJ61M40K&psc=1  
You sit on the "tail" which keeps the thing from sliding away without having  
to beat up the wall or headboard.  A longer towel may be better than their  
flap.  I use the next setting more upright than 45 degrees.  The problem  
with such an upright position is that my head wants to flop to the side  
causing neck problems so I added a neck pillow:  
https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/original-bones-collarbone-velour-pillow/3246049
This had the best side support shape I could find, and between the two I've  
been sleeping pretty well the last couple of years.  Finally, you can put a  
pillow under each elbow if you need "armrests", and a pillow under your  
thighs may help you resist sliding down during the night while you get used  
to this position.  When I travel I just fold up the backrest and put it and  
the neck pillow in a garbage bag and carry it like a suitcase.  Always  
wanted to see the look on a hotel maid's face the first time she saw it  
sitting on the bed :-).

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Regards,
Carl Ijames  



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On 7/11/2017 9:21 AM, Carl Ijames wrote:
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  I passed your info along.

I seem to recall Michael was a veteran, is this 8 month delay a VA problem?
  How do we resolve this?
                      Mikek

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On Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 10:40:04 AM UTC-4, amdx wrote:
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Well it's not a Salvation Army issue, Sherlock. They're probably hoping he will die before the appointment, and if he doesn't they'll just reschedule for a later date.

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On 7/11/2017 9:58 AM, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:
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  Are you part of that conspiracy?
                              Mikek

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No, but Blobby approves.

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On Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 1:00:24 PM UTC-4, amdx wrote:
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Bill Gates is probably behind it.

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It seems a regional issue... Arizona is cleaning up their act... due
to an aggressive whistle blower with balls.  They tried to shush him
up but he didn't fold.  I knew one VA exec is up on criminal charges.

        
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amdx wrote on 7/11/2017 10:39 AM:
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There is some pure BS in this.  When it comes to life threatening conditions  
the patient needs to take action if the doctors won't.  If a doctor gives  
you an appointment 8 months out you need to be a bit more assertive.  If  
that doesn't work you need to be *very* assertive and  sit in the waiting  
room every day until they see you.  If that doesn't work sit in the waiting  
room with a sign saying you are waiting to see the doctor or death,  
whichever comes first.

Or... you can see a different doctor...

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When you're this sick, it's *really* hard to be aggressive with
doctors (or anyone else).  Without an advocate, you're pretty much
toast.  In this case, apparently they know it.
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With the VA, not so much.


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 > "armrests", and a pillow under your thighs may help you resist
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    Carl, I have a hospital bed with an additional six inch memory foam  
mattress, and even that doesn't help, but thank you for the suggestions.

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On Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:40:13 -0400, "Michael A. Terrell"

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Hi Michael!  After my bypass surgery, I had to sleep in a recliner for
five months.  I definitely feel your pain.  I don't sleep on my back
(leg cramps) so none of the risers I tried for the bed worked for me.
Hang in there and get the damned doctors to do their job!

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On Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:40:13 -0400, "Michael A. Terrell"

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Hi Michael!  After my bypass surgery, I had to sleep in a recliner for
five months.  I definitely feel your pain.  I don't sleep on my back
(leg cramps) so none of the risers I tried for the bed worked for me.
Hang in there and get the damned doctors to do their job!
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I slept in my recliner a couple of nights a week until I figured out the  
backrest.  You can pile pillows into a wedge but it isn't reproducible or  
stable :-).  The neck pillow was as important as getting the vertical angle  
correct.  I need about 52-55 degrees, more upright than 45 degrees, and at  
that angle the weight of my head doesn't press back into a normal pillow  
enough to form a groove deep enough to keep my head supported laterally so  
that it wouldn't fall off to one side or the other.  I kept waking up with a  
"crick" in my neck, sometimes a few times each night.  My first solution was  
a full size bath towel.  Grab a pair of diagonal corners and pretend it is a  
jump rope to roll it up, put it over your head so the thickest section is at  
the base of the skull, and pull the ends tight and cross them over under the  
chin.  That does a pretty good job of keeping the head vertical and  
supported without a pillow.  Give it a try just to see if that is part of  
your problem.  Good luck, and I hope you get some medical attention soon.

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Regards,
Carl Ijames



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Sounds like the VA in Florida is still corrupt, and has not been
whacked into good behavior like it has in Arizona.  (Some of Arizona's
VA management are now up on criminal charges ;-)
        
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 >> very little sleep, in a chair. I haven't been on Usenet for a long  
 >> time, or Facebook for more than to post a couple messages to old
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I haven't been on here for months. The VA told me right away that they  
couldn't see me in a reasonable timeframe, so they set up a 'Veteran's  
Choice' account for me. Then they referred me to a local Cardiologist.  
They did an EKG and looked at my medications, and told me they would  
schedule me, as soon as possible. That was five months ago.

I spent hours on the phone with workers at the VA as they tried to find  
someone to treat me. A big problem is all the snowbirds who tie up the  
local VA clinics during the cooler months. It seems like all of them  
manage to need appointments while they vacation in Florida. The VA needs  
to send some doctors south for the same time period, to help with the  
seasonal overloading. The local VA clinic that I use has 100 exam rooms,  
yet my appointments are 9 months apart, rather than the three that they  
should be. They had a 30% unused capacity when the clinic first opened,  
about seven years ago.

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On Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:11:11 -0400, "Michael A. Terrell"

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Looks like something seriously wrong in Florida.  Here, in March, when
I suddenly turned yellow, saw GP same day I called, saw bile duct
surgeon next day, in hospital for surgery the next day.

I'm on Medicare with a Mutual of Omaha Supplemental policy.
        
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    I'm not eligible for another month. There is a shortage of doctors  
around here. Too many are retiring, or cutting back office hours. It is  
difficult to find doctors accepting new Medicare patients, as well.




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On Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:00:45 -0400, "Michael A. Terrell"

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Thank you Obama!


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On Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:11:11 -0400, "Michael A. Terrell"

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That's ridiculous.  I just had an issue and got into mine the same day
and was scheduled for "surgery" (cardiac cath work) within three weeks
(tomorrow).

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But it's July!  The snowbirds melted long ago.

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