The Austin, Texas VA Clinic almost did me in today

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  1. CPTKILLER

    CPTKILLER Bronze Member

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    Today the VA almost put me in the hospital due to incompetence. I was having a crazy diabetic episode and drove myself to the clinic (10-15 miles away) in a goofy state. I should have called 911 but was not capable.

    Regardless I went to the clerk and told him in mumbling English that I was having a serious diabetic episode and needed immediate help. He knew I wasn't doing well to even hand him my card. I was out of it. He said sit down and we'll get around to it. Bad news.

    I grabbed a VA Cop, Officer York. She immediately called for help. A person with a wheel chair & two nurses were there in a minute or less. They had to find a glucometer, They checked my blood sugar and it was less than 60 and plummeted to less than 55 and dropping.

    One of the nurses gave me some Girl Scout cookies. It would not go above 55. They got a juice box eventually from the pharmacy and it climbed to 60 and eventually after an hour to 83.

    Lesson learned, I'm signing up for private healthcare simply because VA Healthcare almost killed me today. The VA was well aware of long term low blood sugar numbers and did nothing. Paperwork will get here next week and will kick in on 2/1/2017.

    I was told by an RN at Austin State Hospital (mental health) that I dated that going to VA hospital is usually a death sentence for older vets.

    I will file a complaint tomorrow but I am done with the VA. My intent is present this here as a lessons learned and what not to do. The VA is bad brothers & sisters. Keep this in mind. Find another place for healthcare.
     
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    It's another government run business... All the admin people care about is their bonus money.
     
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    You simply need to move to a state where they value veterans. In both Massachusetts and now in Florida I receive excellent health care. I had excellent health coverage before the VA and simple things like a colonoscopy were light years ahead at the VA than they were at a private hospital. Anyone at the VA will tell you to go to the ER for any emergency. I did and received the best of care and great follow up from the VA.
    Sorry you had a bad experience but I'll take the VA anytime.
     
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    Americal23 11th Light Infantry Brigade

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    Sorry Captain. For the most part I've had good care in both Prescott and Tucson VA.
    Phoenix is a real zoo. I've also been refered out to MAYO Clinic, arguably tops in the nation for cutting edge cancer care. I have a fine Urologist as well as a mental health provider.
    Your problem was the numbnuts clerk at the front desk who should know what a person in distress looks like. At minimum the people should be first responder level trained.

    Your hospital/clinic has a director - write a letter
     
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    My dad worked and retired from a VA. He would tell us horror stories about seeing them push a person in a wheelchair in the morning and when he was about to leave his shift about 8 hours later, they would still be there waiting.

    But wait and see, if we ever go to the Canadian health care, we will all be in the same boat.

    This is what happens when your a so-so doctor, they go to VA. But I should add, not all the doctors at VA are that way. But a lot are
     
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    Well I'm glad you've got lots more kick in ya! Can ya maybe carry a few little bags of raw sugar in your pocket? Next time at a Starbucks load up your coat pocket and also keep some in your glovebox! Vertical is a good thing. Get that letter off as American123 mentioned about front desk help. Ron
     
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    While I went through this, all that I ever saw were two than one nurse. My VA doctor never ever came in period to confirm or inquire or diagnose.

    When I inquired about the fix with clerk, the answer was they reported it to his supervisor. In a real healthcare business, the physician would have laid into him. The VA in Austin, Texas does not really give a damn one way or the other as long as it doesn't bother their routine.
     
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    Well guys, this is socialist medicine at its best. Fine tuned so to speak. Imagine what the rest of the country will be like if Obamacare stays which I think will be history real quick.

    FL VA's are pretty good but lets compare it on a class curve here. Better than a lot of other states.
    Its the drugs that are the problem. Plenty of Korean War sulfa and other cheap drugs to dole out in large numbers. Plenty of morphine instead of better painkillers and if you pass by the pain clinic at James Haley in Tampa you will see what I mean with guys drooling and slumped over and staggering around as their morphine tabs are increased on a regular basis.

    Prescott AZ is OK but i wish it were running 100% instead of that huge complex and just first echelon care. Its like a ghost hospital...........LOL............great staff though.

    But I would hold off on damning the VA entirely. For emergency stuff, it'll work all the time. Cuts, blood pressure meds, whatever............it works good. Better than a civilian place. But if I had advanced lymph node cancer? No ................I'd go somewhere else. I saw guys living overseas in VN when I went back in the late 90's. I asked them what they did for medical treatment. They used the local system for light stuff but had to fly back and stay with family members/relatives for care elsewhere and usually a VA hospital. So whatever. People die at civilian hospitals too. Don't think that they do not. The trick to using the VA emergency is to claim you are having heart problems and you will be looked at immediately. My experience is with Bay Pines in St Pete and James Haley in Tampa ( the spinal cord place......huge now ) and i'd rate it all a solid B. Phoenix AZ on Indian School? Geez...........C minus to D plus. Agree?

    Never used to see women in the VA years ago but now see them. Interesting.........
     
  9. rickkcir

    rickkcir God Bless Texas

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    ................my sister might be a diabetic
     
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    I'd give the Austin, Texas VA an "D" and that is being generous. It is close to an "F" in that healthcare workers (doc's and nurses are a "C" at best). Admin staff are unpredictable and rate an "F". Facility structure is a "A-B" but it is the management who remains dangerously bad there.
     
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    Your sister can take a relatively simple blood test and find out.
     
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    rickkcir God Bless Texas

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    <sarcasm> .. she's actually .. Incompetent
     
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    In the 22 years that I have been retired from Uncle Sam's Canoe Club, I have yet to go to the VA. It sacred me when I had to have knee surgery while in and found that the guy doing my surgery had had his own clinic but closed it due to malpractice suits. that kinda turned me off real quick I was rated by the VA so I have disability but I pay for my insurance through work. Would have liked it more if I thought I could trust the DRs at the VA 20 years of being a guinea pig was enough. I am not saying that all VA clinics/hospitals are bad just there are many that have shown up on TV where Vets are dying
     
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    There are enough bad situations and our Congress and current President never did crap!

    We cannot accept this at all.
     
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    the VA hospital in Muskogee Oklahoma killed my dad and brother. why my brother went to them after what they did to my dad I will never know.
     

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