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Old 26 October 2015, 06:10
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Old 26 October 2015, 07:49
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I had to fight to keep them from pulling all my teeth, on what I have left, I'm using Scooby Doo toothpaste. It's the only one I found that doesn't have a 'burn'.

Good luck with the dry mouth, I got a water bottle in hand at all times and have found that a few bottles left around the house help.

I too was expecting the healing to start as soon as the Rad/Chemo was complete.

It gets better every day now.

Did you keep the 'mask' from Radiation? It would be perfect for Halloween.
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Old 26 October 2015, 08:31
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I'm glad to hear you're recovering so well.
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Old 26 October 2015, 09:49
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I had to fight to keep them from pulling all my teeth, on what I have left, I'm using Scooby Doo toothpaste. It's the only one I found that doesn't have a 'burn'.

Good luck with the dry mouth, I got a water bottle in hand at all times and have found that a few bottles left around the house help.

I too was expecting the healing to start as soon as the Rad/Chemo was complete.

It gets better every day now.

Did you keep the 'mask' from Radiation? It would be perfect for Halloween.
Same/same here, except for pulling teeth. My dentist told me at the outset that patients with tooth problems from radiation had tooth problems before the radiation. He assured me I had good dental hygiene and, if continued, I would not have dental problems from the radiation.

No, I did not want the mask. That thing was the hardest part of the treatment for me. They bolted the thing so tight I could barely breathe, and God help me if my sinuses clogged! Told them I never wanted to see the thing again.
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Old 26 October 2015, 10:03
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Old 26 October 2015, 13:45
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I can honestly say the cancer has NOT spread to your grammar nodes nor sentence structures.. Impressively written post!
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Old 26 October 2015, 15:14
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Glad to hear you're recovering. Best wishes.
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Old 26 October 2015, 16:50
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Your a example to us all Lefty.
I don't think I could do the treatments you did.Glad to hear your healing up.
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Old 26 October 2015, 16:58
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Old 26 October 2015, 17:34
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Was told loss of beard on chin and neck is forever. Very few whiskers have grown back, my handlebar mustache is gone for good.
OK I call bullshit on this one McFuton. You never had whiskers, peach fuzz maybe. Frigging baby face when I first met and doubt that has changed.

I am really happy to see you posting K and improving.

All the best to your and your family.

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Old 26 October 2015, 18:20
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Old 1 November 2015, 07:01
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No, I did not want the mask. That thing was the hardest part of the treatment for me. They bolted the thing so tight I could barely breathe, and God help me if my sinuses clogged! Told them I never wanted to see the thing again.


I only had to bail once, mild panic.

I requested the eye holes after the first go round.

The old blanket I found on Oki back in the 70's.

The strength will come back, I was told that I had lost 80% of my muscle mass (not sure how that's determined). It's sorta cool to see progress at the gym.



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Old 8 November 2015, 20:38
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Will keep you in my prayers for the continuing strong recovery.

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Old 4 January 2016, 15:04
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An update and a request.

While recovering nicely from the radiation and all, I suffered a severe fall from a tree stand on Oct. 29th, totally my own fault and really really dumb. Knew I was hurt and managed to get back to the house before calling 911. EMTs responded quickly, drove me to nearest hospital only because it had a helipad. Was flown to the Mayo trauma center in Eau Claire where they found I had a broken neck, broken back, and a fractured sternum. Underwent surgery to fix the neck and was placed in a cervical collar and body brace. Went home on Veterans Day.

All was fine until Dec. 7th, when I removed the collar for a routine meal and felt a hole on the back of my neck. HH6 drove me to the local ER, where the doc said he couldn't fix it cuz I needed surgery - the spine was exposed. Sped to Mayo again, neurosurgeon was waiting, took me right into surgery. Wound up in the same ward from the first time, nurses said YOU again?

Sent home Dec. 9th. with a third brace under the body brace, sort of like a shoulder holster.

Limited on activity, can't bend or stoop, no lifting, no driving, etc. Progressing well, lucky to have full range of motion and need to be patient on healing. May be rid of the braces by end of month.

Switching gears - I need some assistance. As mentioned, I initiated an Agent Orange claim with the VA for my cancer. In assembling all the documents and evidence, I found a VA Board of Appeals decision for a case nearly identical to mine. The veteran in that case hade adenocarcinoma of the salivary glands and was awarded the claim. The five page decision quotes at length from a VA medical expert opinion concerning salivary gland cancers.

After submitting the umpteen VA forms with service records, medical records, and the BVA decision, I received a denial with reasons flat contradicted by the evidence. My brother is an attorney in Wash. DC and has agreed to take my case. Among other things, he wrote that he really would like to obtain a copy of the expert medical opinion in that BVA case.

Here is the pertinent info:

Citation Nr. 1313626
Decision Date 4/24/13 Archive Date 5/3/13
Docket No.10-33 060
On appeal from DVA Regional Office in Cleveland Ohio

I am asking if anyone has a connection to obtain a copy of the medical opinion quoted in that decision. I have all five pages of the decision but no other detail.

It is a long shot but if anyone anywhere can find this, it is likely someone on this site.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 4 January 2016, 15:55
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It is a long shot but if anyone anywhere can find this, it is likely someone on this site.


I'm no help to you but I certainly agree with this. If it can be done, someone here will get it done. I know we have some VA employees on here.

PS: Stop drinking beer in the deer stand!
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Old 4 January 2016, 17:18
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Lefty, you are one tough Mofo.

The appellant was represented by the VFW. The Board Cousel was a "A. Barone".

Worth a shot contacting them?
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Old 4 January 2016, 17:33
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Wasn't there a "Medical Hack" on Facebook recently about using the system against itself by asking for the names AND CREDENTIALS of EVERY person accessing YOUR records to make those decisions of denial? Something about you having a RIGHT to that info?

I think they went at it thru the HIPPA angle/Compliance...

Good Luck Brother, and keep Hunting!
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Edited to add: "They will almost always reverse the decision very shortly rather than admit that the committee is make up of low paid HS Graduates, looking at "Criteria words" making the medical decision to deny your care. (very rarely made by a board certified Doctor).
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Old 4 January 2016, 19:19
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Damn Lefty not again :-) BH was a picnic compared to what your going thru now. Good luck on your VA dispute, I agree with above they will over turn the decision, keep on there A__. I had the same problem and kept at it. It took me over a year to get it changed but I got back pay for the year.
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Old 4 January 2016, 19:55
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An update and a request.

While recovering nicely from the radiation and all, I suffered a severe fall from a tree stand ....
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Are you trying to churn the actuarial data, military service, serious bouts with cancer, severe hunting trauma, ultimately killed while having sex on a snowmobile in the summer.
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Are you trying to churn the actuarial data, military service, serious bouts with cancer, severe hunting trauma, ultimately killed while having sex on a snowmobile in the summer.
...in a deer stand.
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