Another day and another visit to my dermatologist. A few weeks ago I had an uninvited guest pop up on my left cheek. It looked like a wart. I suspected it was something other than a wart. However, even if it was a wart, I didn't want to spend my remaining years with a wart protruding from my left cheek. Hey, I know I'm no beauty at 72 and my face is starting to crumble but I do have my limits. So, last week I called and arranged a visit with my dermatologist.
I used to go to the VA for my dermatology appointment but I'm sure by now you've all heard how long it takes to get into the VA. My dermatology appointments were taking up to four months at the VA. Like all my medical appointments at the VA, once you get there, they take great care of you but it's the getting there. And by the way, I'm glad Eric Shineski, the current VA administrator resigned today.
|Don't let the door hit you on the way out|
The VA needs a complete overhaul but first they need a leader who looks and sounds like he's mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. The bureaucratic nightmare that is the Veterans Administration. From a president (Obama)
|Hey prez, at least act like you give a damn|
who doesn't give a shit to the members (mostly Republicans) who consistently underfund and ignore the needs of our country's veterans, it is time to end this injustice and neglect of those who served so valiantly this nation. And I'm ranting again. I am so angry about this whole mess, from our president who at times seems more concerned with Shinseki's feelings than recognizing the real problem to the politicians who take our veterans for granted like they're getting free medical care and should be grateful for whatever dollops of care they get. I am so angry about this whole mess and especially at those venal Republicans who are now trying to score political points over this real scandal. I thank God (or whoever) that I now have Medicare and can go to the doctor of my choice and mostly avoid the delays of trying to get VA medical care that was promised to me when I signed up January 27th, 1960 and joined the Army and put my life in their hands for this country for three years.
|Pvt. Ron Tipton, potential cannon fodder|
My dermatologist stuck a needle in my face to numb the area and scrapped off the offending "wart" which turned out to be a keratosis growth. Keratosis is a pre cancerous growth. I've been having them for over thirty years now, no skin cancer so far. But of course you all know I have a cancer already, prostate cancer. No one gets out from this trip (Life) alive. I am just so thankful I'm one of the lucky ones who isn't caught in the web of dysfunction and deceit and ineptitude which is the Veterans Administration Medical system. And I am also thankful that I have regular visits with my VA doctor to check on my health. That's one thing I never had in the private medical system, preventive health care. During a routine blood test (every six months with the VA), my prostate cancer was discovered. I also use the VA for all my prescription medications. They are very efficient (and cheap). No waiting at Walgreen's for my prescription to be filled for this vet.
Have a great day everyone and try not to let the bastards get you down.