Medical records no longer available

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  1. Dial the gate

    Dial the gate Member

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    The orthopedic surgeon's office where my son was seen no longer has his medical records. We can remember approximate dates and the bones fractured but will not have records to supply if requested. Does anyone know how this will be handled?

    Also, I can't remember the exact wording, but the question about "other medical procedures," I would assume that is where son would put receiving stitches?

    Thank you!
     
  2. AJC

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    Ask your DoDMERB technician what to do.
     
  3. Cerberi

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    1. It is unlikely they will request any records.

    2. If DodMerb does request records explain why they don't exist.

    3. If they persist, see a new doctor to get a declaration that the problem has been satisfactorily resolved with no limitations or concerns.

    Don't make it any harder than that

    I would not call the DoDMERB technician unless a follow up is requested. Why raise a flag?

    Other medical procedures

    1. Be sure not to declare every visit to the doctor. There are all kinds of threads where someone claims they went to the doctor because of ... And the doctor said well maybe....

    If it is not a medical doctor diagnosis - it didn't happen.

    Be honest but be practical. Too many in front of you have caused themselves problems over reporting potential issues:

    My knee was sore after running 32 miles. Then DoDMERB will ask about your sore knee.

    Again be honest, but having the school trainer have you ice your knee after practice and recommend you wear a sleeve during wrestling season is not a diagnosis of chronic knee pain (and yes someone listed that last year and spent three months explaining to DoDMERB why it wasn't really an issue
     
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  4. Dial the gate

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    Thank you! We will just wait and see what happens. First son didn't require a waiver for a fractured arm, but second son has multiple fractures that, of course, concern us.

    Cerberi, couldn't agree more with erring on the side of conservative caution. I was reviewing medical history that first son filled out and he answered yes to every type of exercise question (shortness of breath during exercise, pain during and after exercise...maybe even before!) Yikes! I almost fell out of my chair!
     
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  5. Cerberi

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    If you read very many threads - that is a common problem Many people have DD/DS who wants to demonstrate their independence and their level of honesty and it leads to more trouble than you can imagine. DoDMeRB is a dream killer - they follow their rules. But as you say sometimes these young men and women need guidance on how to properly and correctly answer the questions.
     
  6. time2

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    ^^^ I agree, this is certainly an area where parents should assist their son/daughter during the application process. Just because you mention something to a doctor, doesn't make it a medical issue. Often times, the doctor will say that is 'normal' and nothing more needs to be done. Sneezing in the spring doesn't mean you have asthma. Applicants should also avoid self-diagnosing as I have seen several on her say they think they have X or Y based on their internet research. No one should self-diagnose, certainly not anyone still in h.s.
     
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  7. CaliNavyMom

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    What's funny for us is I helped my son, we documented his two breaks/fractures that occurred at ages 8 and 12ish. Hubby goes with him yesterday, Doctor says "okay so where is scars?" Hubby says no scars just had clean breaks and they healed. Doctor crossed off something and wrote his own notes.
    Wondering if Ortho answers means they are looking for surgeries? DS passed no issues, but thought it was funny we disclosed, but seemed they weren't concerned.
     

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