Minor Inhaler use confusion!

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  1. WestPointHopeful

    WestPointHopeful New Member

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    When I was very young, age 8 or 9 my mom used to give me an inhaler to take with me to football practice in case something happened to me. She had asthma and is a worry wart like all moms and was just looking out for me. I only used the inhaler occassionally and haven't touched one since then. When I asked her if the inhaler was prescribed for me or if it was hers she did not know. Should I just mark "no" for inhaler use on the dodmerbs packet:confused:I am honestly pefectly healthy and don't have asthma or any other medical condition that would get in the way of me performing my duties as an officer.
     
  2. shellz

    shellz Parent

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    Your medical records will reflect a prescription for an inahler if one was prescribed for you. Best to check with your doctor if your mom truly does not remember. If you omit this information, and an inhaler is mentioned in your records, you will appear dishonest. If I remember correctly, inhaler use AFTER age 13 is a disqualifier....since you were 8 or 9 it may not even matter. Now if she kept refilling your prescription past your sons 13th birthday "just in case", then there may be a problem.

    That said, waivers are possible. My son was in a very, very similar situation. Especially the part about refilling the prescription "just in case". I worried, so I made him carry it. We refilled the last prescription at age 13 and 2 weeks! He never ever used it regularly after age 10 , but since there was record of the prescription past the 13th birthday, it triggered the remedial. We dealt with it, and after a long waiver process, he was cleared by DoDMERB.

    Best to do your homework before you omit this information.
    Good luck. :smile:
     
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  3. Pima

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    I agree with Shellz.

    You should be able to see through your own personal medical records if they ever prescribed an inhaler.

    I would think that unless you are military, your pediatrician was your pediatrician for yrs.

    I know for us, our kids medical records (dental, vision, physical) were always faxed over to the new doc. That means even if you changed docs, they most likely have all of your records since birth.

    Docs are odd and quirky about this, they want the recs from the previous doc out of fear for something called malpractice!

    WestPoint,

    What you will read here often is that people are shocked to learn DODMERB found an issue, but their doc never said anything.

    No offense, but you are not a doc., you can play LAX and have been cleared for yrs. There is a difference.

    I don't mean to scare you, and if I have...deep breaths! I am just saying that you aren't a military doc, and so you can't assume being athletic equates to being able to serve.

    I am not a betting woman, but I would bet, that if you have never used an inhaler, and when you did it was Mom's at as an 8 yo, you won't have an issue.

    IMPO, it is best to acknowledge it now. Here's why:

    Prior to commissioning you will have another DoDMERB, and if it becomes an issue than they may not commission you due to a DQ.

    Wouldn't you want to know now, and not 4 yrs from now?

    Wouldn't you want the waiver in hand now, and not go through the process again when it is your career on the line?

    Investigate. Get your paperwork in hand. If your Mom was a worry wart and self prescribed the inhaler, I wouldn't acknowledge it. You were 8/9, she was the parent you were the child.

    I hope she is no longer that way. As a Mom I understand her fear when you were young, but if she still is you have a long road to haul.
     
  4. WestPointHopeful

    WestPointHopeful New Member

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    Thanks, I'm headed to my pediatrician's office Thursday. :biggrin:
     
  5. jamesmculp

    jamesmculp New Member

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    Waiver question

    So, my son was given an inhaler at 13 due to his sister being an extreme asthmatic. He never used it is there a note from his dr and any tests he can bring to his exam that will help clear up problem prior to waiver info.
     
  6. buff81

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    Jamesmculp -
    Is it a current prescription? Or was it just the one time?
     
  7. jamesmculp

    jamesmculp New Member

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    Just once. He can get a spirometry test or whatever to take to exam. He is a distance swimmer and mom worried since his sister is very asthma prone and dr prescribed it once so he could have it just in case. but never used and never diagnosed as having asthma
     
  8. spike530

    spike530 New Member

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    Quick question about inhalers: Do they only DQ you if you have asthma and have used an inhaler? I used an inhaler last year (Sophomore year in High School) because i had pneumonia and my doctor gave me an albuterol inhaler, but it was only for when i had pneumonia, as i do not have asthma. Will i get DQ'd for this?
     
  9. buff81

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    jamesmculp - just sent you a PM
     
  10. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    In most cases, it is not the use of the inhaler but the underlying cause that required it.
     
  11. spike530

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    Alright, thanks for the help.
     

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