|"Susan" - Bill's primary care provider at the VA|
Yesterday was a very full day but we made progress!
We met with Bill's primary care provider at the VA Outpatient Clinic yesterday morning.
This is the first time I met her. Bill has often told me about her and how much he likes her. I can see why, she cares.
|Susan questions Bill about his condition|
I was worried that Bill wouldn't get timely, follow-up care for his recent medical emergency. Not to worry now, Susan put through an "Urgent" consult to the VA "Choice" program. She also gave us a script so Bill could get his medication that we could fill immediately at a nearby Rite Aid.
You know what is so important other than just getting timely medical care, knowing that someone cares. Susan cares.
|Susan checking Bill's heartbeat - Bill has a BIG heart|
Even though Bill and I go to the same VA Outpatient clinic, I have a different doctor (who I also like very much because he also cares). Susan and I hit it off immediately. She didn't even mind me taking photos and even a short video in which she gave me instructions on how to navigate the next step in Bill's medical treatment under the "Choice" program.
Yesterday was extra busy because I also had a dental appointment. Then I got a call to come into work later in the date, which I did after my 4 o'clock dental appointment. You know folks, I often think it would be nice to have a month or so of just "coasting." Not happening now so I deal with the hand that has been dealt to us.
Today I have to finalize making an appointment for Bill with a gastroenterologist. But first I have to receive a "Choice" number from the VA. Yet another hurdle to overcome. I was told to call back at 1 o'clock for that number, which is about an hour from now.
But as exhausting as yesterday way, and believe me I was tired when I came home from the hotel last was Christmas "Hospitality Night" in Lewes, I slept well knowing that the wheels were moving to getting Bill his follow-up medical care.
Bill is still weak but slowing regaining his strength. He lost 14 pounds during this medical episode. He always wanted to lose some weight but not this way.
Progress was made yesterday. We are heartened.
|Bill and his primary care provider Susan|