Funniest DODMERB disqualification ever

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  1. downhiller2010

    downhiller2010 Member

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    I failed my DODMERB because I had waxy ears

    THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CANNOT PAY FOR THIS REMEDIAL. REQUIRES AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR PRIVATE PHYSICIAN (OPTION 3 ON YOUR REMEDIAL LETTER MUST BE UTILIZED): PHYSICIAN INSTRUCTIONS: Please obtain a NEW evaluation by your private physician to have the cerumen (wax) removed from your ear(s) and evaluate the presence or absence of a tympanic membrane perforation or other significant findings. APPLICANT ONLY INSTRUCTIONS: DoDMERB is unable to determine your medical status due to cerumen (ear wax) occluding the visual examination of your tympanic membranes at the time of your initial examination. If you elect to continue the medical process for your Service Academy and/or ROTC Program application, please complete this remedial and return the results to DoDMERB.
     
  2. MullenLE

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    Downhiller2010 - CLARIFICATION: You did NOT fail/get disqualified your DoDMERB exam. Quite the CONTRARY. Because of the wax in your ears, DoDMERB was NOT able to render a final determination until the wax is removed.

    "DoDMERB is unable to determine your medical status due to cerumen (ear wax) occluding the visual examination of your tympanic membranes at the time of your initial examination. If you elect to continue the medical process for your Service Academy and/or ROTC Program application, please complete this remedial and return the results to DoDMERB."

    We look forward to your completion of the remedial so we may render a final determination:thumb:
     
  3. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    Very colorful Larry :thumb:
     
  4. downhiller2010

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    My apologies, I understand the process I just used the wrong words to describe it.
     
  5. MullenLE

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    No sweat...but much of my days are spent correcting misinformation, which seems to gain momentum at unbelievable speeds! Didn't want other applicants to view this casually and be misled:thumb:
     
  6. America's Finest

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    Moral of the story: clean you ears.
     
  7. bsa07eagle

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    That is pretty funny. At least is shouldn't be to big of a problem. You should be on your way shortly. Good luck on your app.

    Later,

    Brian
     
  8. goaliedad

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    However, as they say in the Q-tip commercials - "Don't stick anything in your ears except your elbows."

    Not dispensing medical advice here, but there are over-the-counter kits designed to remove excess ear wax. They usually contain a bottle of ear drops and a bulb syringe for rinsing. It is essentially similar to the procedure performed in your doctor's office when you have this condition. It is relatively easy and (other than noisy) painless.

    Good Luck. Get 'er fixed so you can hear the Cadre yelling at you! :yllol:
     
  9. downhiller2010

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    What's funny is I used a kit just like you described three days before my exam!
     
  10. goaliedad

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    Perhaps "Wash, Rinse, Repeat" is in order here?

    I know back when I was your age, I had the same condition and I knew by the sound how bad things were. It would take about 2 weeks of daily treatment before I could sense that there wasn't much more to be dissolved. And in a few months, the problem was back.

    I'm sure you'll get this issue dissolved, or should I say resolved. Best of all, your sense of humor regarding the whole situation will serve you well in the military where there are plenty of ways to enjoy the irony.
     
  11. MullenLE

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    Live and learn:thumb:
     
  12. luv2swim

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    ear wax thing

    This was one of my son's remedials. I get the impression that remedials are common as DODMERB just needs more info in some areas. We sent son to an ENT who vacuumed his ears and examined his eardrums. Dr then wrote a letter to DODMERB of his findings which we attached in our itemized response. No problem!
     
  13. downhiller2010

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    My Dr. submitted the paperwork so I should be clear in a few weeks!
     
  14. MullenLE

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    Very good. Thx:thumb:
     
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    I read these posts a few days before DS had his physical. I told him all about it and we both laughed about it. Until . . . Dr. said he had a lot of wax in his ears!!:eek: Dr. said he wouldn't mark it down, but to take care of it! Yikes, who knew this is a commong problem in your dirty boys! :shake:
     
  16. MullenLE

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    It happens all the time:thumb:
     
  17. adoloris

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    Be careful using the ear wax removal kits with the bulb syringe--there have been cases of people pushing the ear wax further down the ear canal requiring a visit to an ent or the er (the eardrum really doesn't like goo goo pushed up against it--you'll have pain and or "ringing in the ears" if you go too far) Also, I don't know of one ent who would like the idea of using a bulb syringe to "suck" out the ear wax. Bulb syringes work great on sinuses and the like, but they can be brutal on the ear drum--these syringes are an all or none type of suction. Try Debrox--it used to be prescription but now it is over the counter. It dissolves the ear wax and softens it so that it will ooze or fall out. I'm tempted to tell some of my grosser ear wax ER:smile: stories--but I guess I shouldn't.
     
  18. MullenLE

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    Ear wax removal should be done at a physicians office:thumb:
     

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