Sorry for my recent silence but “life” has interrupted my online activities. I would like to share that we had some good news from the VA all within two weeks. #1 The most important event was that the NOD we filed for spousal support was granted without making us jump through hoops. We had a call from the RO asking for clarification on one date, was told that the BVA was granting it and to expect a letter within a week. Four days later, my old Marine was paid a small amount to take care of me within days (including back support). I joked that he can afford to buy a nice dog house and chow with the extra funds but we do appreciate it nonetheless.
# 2. My spouse received a paper “Veterans Choice Card” but with orders not to use it since he may not really be eligible! He has to call first. This was a surprise since we live about 34 miles from the VHA and not over 40 miles away. He doesn’t expect to use it because here in the land of A Prairie Home Companion, the schedulers are efficient. Still, it’s nice to have as a back up, especially when travelling.
#3. He switched to the Met Life High Dental plan offered through the VA. Unable to find a comparable plan for myself, I called them and was allowed to be added on to his with no hassle. The premium is higher than the Delta plans but this one offers more value in the long run.
#4. My spouse had a VA eye appointment was was told that he could get a new pair of glasses each year since he’s SC. We had just purchased new lenses ($200) for an older frame he had so now he’ll always have decent eyewear and a back-up pair. His eyesight went downhill after HCV treatment and ignoring his eyesight is not an option.
Meanwhile, I just found out that a surgical repair for a hiatal hernia I had five years ago has failed. I wasn’t expecting that news. And my endoscopy itself was a nightmare because the meds didn’t put me to sleep and I gagged through the entire procedure. I don’t know why the IV meds didn’t work this time or if this is typical. Still, I’m glad I had the follow-up because everything looks good except the hernia. I mention this common condition only because HCV can cause a wide range of digestive problems but hiatal hernias are sometimes the cause. It’s something to ask about if digestive problems persist.