Apr 29, 2007 - 12:40 am
Very glad to see a group specific to military, although reading the entire string proved to make my blood boil at times (during some of the military and VA bashing). No system or org. is perfect, not even IBM, BUT I can say that I personally love the Marine Corps, imperfections and all. Isn't this how we feel about our children etc. Hmmm, sorry, now off to my questions:
-Any one with Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma? I was curious as to the specifics of the RAI procedures after surgery. I've read posts that indicate staying away from children, to being hospitalized for 5 days after RAI. Want to know if it is worth it to foot the bill to have my kids with me. I am a single parent so either way logistics will be frustrating and a burden.
-I had jaw surgery nearly 16 years ago at Camp Lejeune, NC. Then smashed my mouth up so am probably thinking I have had more radiation (from x-rays) than the average person. Radiation is a factor in developing Thyroid Cancer. My last unit (well the dental folks there) lost my dental record that had the majority of this info in it. How will this affect me when I retire in 2 years? Will the VA reconstruct this scenario from the more limited info in my medical records (and the 4 screws in my jaw)? Or is it not worth it to pose the the possibility of it being service related? Seems like it could be likely.
-I've noticed that my many appt's have been documented electronically, i.e. I don't carry my medical record around like in the past. This is the wave of the future I am told. How does this get consolidated for future VA Review? Does everything have to be proven from the time of origination?
-Any experiences with multiple convalescent leave periods? Stigma, etc. I am weak on my current dose of hormone pills (post thyroidectomy) and wonder how much weaker I'll be when I stop taking the pills as required 2 weeks before the radioactive ablation AND am NO LONGER on conv. leave. I worry I'll barely be able to do my job.
-Any body have experience with weight gain after surgery and before getting the hormones evened out? Everyone knows the military does not like chunky bodies, but when you dream of ham sandwiches........ I am feeling pretty darn hypothyroid now, but am waiting for my doc to get back from TAD to say anything. In the meantime I've eaten my kitchen and fridge out. Anything and everything. IT IS SO BAD:(
Any and all replies would be very much appreciated. I really feel that info is the key to dealing with any type of illness, etc. I learned a lot from reading on this site and especially commend Spongebob for his time and efforts towards getting information out and answering question. The military and all its members ROCK!!