Dodmerb remedial

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  1. servenow

    servenow Member

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    Ugh. When my ds was initially filling out his dodmerb family history back in September, he selected that he had a history of psoriasis. He was taking it so earnestly and wanted to be completely honest and remembered talk of his psoriasis from when he was six. He had a patch of dry skin on his scalp that our M.D. suggested may be psoriasis. We bought tar shampoo and it went away. Nothing since. He is 17. Anyway.....of course he received a remedial just before Thanksgiving asking for him to see a dermatologist to get more information. Called recommended dermatologist. Couldn't get him in until MARCH! Called dodmerb and got the go ahead to go with a local dermatologist who could get him in January. An examination by a family doctor would not do. We waited. Today his dad took him to the appointment. No dermatologist. Was examined by a nurse practitioner and the dermatologist signed off. Came home worried that it won't count for dodmerb.

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  2. clind13290

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    My DD is in similar situation WRT psoriasis. Diagnosed at 8 yo with no issues since. Some dry skin here or there but nothing requiring non Rx lotion once in a while. Being very forthright, DD indicated psoriasis in DoDMERB medical history. She summarily rec'd DQ letter from DoDMERB in October. Got her Nom from MOC in November and prayed for waiver. Received waiver denial from USNA last week (tough week at home to say the least). Received excellent counsel from outside source and found local dermatologist with Navy background who understands the issue. DD examined this week and doc said there's zero evidence of current or past psoriasis. Indicated the previous diagnosis was incorrect and drafted a letter to DoDMERB and USNA medical review. Now praying for reconsideration. Stay tuned. All that said, if possible you want to see if you can find local dermatologist with military background for each respective SA. Sounds like that may carry more weight. Good luck!
     
  3. ca2midwestmom

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    And a good reminder to future candidates to ask your parents about your medical history before filling out the forms by memory (I know a lot of candidates want to do the whole application by themselves, but this is one time parents should be involved). It also helps to have a full copy of your medical records from your doctor/pediatrician in front of you. While you need to be honest in reporting all past illnesses/conditions, some things that were diagnosed in infancy (as above) and have not been a problem since then can be footnoted in the forms. There should be a spot on the form to explain in detail any issue that may be a potential problem (including that one-time inhaler after age 13, etc.).
     
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  4. Pima

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    Can't stress enough that I agree with ca2midwestmom. This is one time you turn to your folks and say hey, can you help me answer these questions.

    Seriously think about it. you broke a bone when you were 13. Mom and Dad probably can tell you the exact time, date, weather and how many bones were broken. You probably just remember you were at a game and took a hit which resulted in being a cast for 6-9 weeks. However, you have no remembrance of how many bones or pins or the doctors that you visited for the next 3 months.
     
  5. clind13290

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    +1 on ca2midwestmom response for sure. Hind sight being 20/20, if I could turn back the clock, we would have gotten a second opinion from ex Navy doc to clarify Dx before completing the DoDMERB medical history and physical. Having potentially DQ issues addressed up front seems to be far better path than praying for a waiver or cleaning up on old mis-diagnosis after the fact.
     
  6. servenow

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    Agree with all said above. He is my first born, independent and very capable. We should have hinted that he fill out his medical with our oversight.

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  7. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    In ref to the FNP that performed the exam:

    As long as the dermatologist cosigned the form, it will count for DODMERB.
     
  8. servenow

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    Thank you for that Dr.G....I was hoping. One less obstacle then...onto the next....will Dodmerb accept her opinion that it was likely not psoriasis. ......

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  9. clind13290

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    Servenow- just wanted to update the story above. DD rec'd call from USNA admissions on Wednesday saying they've reconsidered and granted her a waiver. Best news ever! Now holding breath for BFE like everyone else. Good luck!
     
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    Awesome news clind13290! Way to be persistent!
     
  11. servenow

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    Thank you clind13290. That is great news. I hope my son is as fortunate. Have fingers crossed for your daughter.

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  12. servenow

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    Update clind13290! DS is medically qualified! He went back and saw the dermatologist who wrote a letter stating both: no current skin issues and treated skin issue as young child most likely NOT psoriasis. Now he's set and really hoping for that BE with the rest of you. Thanks for the advice and support.

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  13. clind13290

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    Servenow- Fantastic news! Congrats! I know for my DD it was such a huge relief. Getting this waiver opens the doors for so many different options in the future. Praying for BFE this year, but if not so fortunate, she can re-apply next year if she wanted to. Also keeps ROTC option open (though different waiver process I think). Most importantly, taking the medical DQ out of the equation, puts more control of her destiny in her hands. She can work on any weakness, improve resume and try again. I'll be looking for news from you on BFE in days ahead. Congrats and best of luck!
     
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    Maybe best directed to Servenow, but wanted to share a happy ending for all those waiting and praying for waiver. DD with misdiagnosed psoriasis (mentioned above) got her waiver a few weeks ago. Just got her BFE for USNA yesterday. BEST DAY EVER!! For all those still anxiously awaiting news- hang in there! Keep fighting and "Don't Give Up the Ship!" Good luck to all. Go Navy!
     
  15. servenow

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    That made my day! Congrats to your family and daughter especially on receiving her appointment. We have not heard yet but are not giving up!

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    Thanks very much. We're pulling for you and your DS. Hope to see you on I-Day. Best of luck!
     
  17. Eagle15

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    My DS is facing same situation as "servenow" and "clind13290". We remembered dermatologist mentioning it when he was younger and wanting to be forthright, we answered it affirmatively. I had medical records pulled and sent to DODMERB and it does state psoriasis, however he has never been treated for this - may have been given a cream that day for the dry patch but no issues since. He was 12 then and he's now 18. Any suggestions?
     
  18. ForGod&Country

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    Similar situation as my DS. We took extra precaution and had DS seen by another derm - former derm for USN it turns out - and explained our DoDMERB remedial request. Got a complete exam and a clean bill of health for derm. Wrote a letter with exam details. Cleared that hurdle easily.
     
  19. Eagle15

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    Have you heard back from SA?
     
  20. ForGod&Country

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    No. My ds has a dq for nut allergy and is waiting for appointment decision to start waiver process. His derm issue was not a dq event and it was cleared at DoDMERB with the documents we provided.
     

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