Question about the waiver process

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  1. armydaughter

    armydaughter Member

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    My son got a remedial to be evaluated for a pilonidal cyst. Who knew? :smile: I didn't know he had it and he just thought it was an annoying pimple. So I have been checking out WebMD, etc. At this point, it's an "if" but it seems from what I can find out that diagnosis is by visual inspection so the original doctor was most likely not unsure but just following procedure.

    I read the section in the standards documents and it says a pilonidal cyst is disqualifying if the excision was less than 6 months prior.

    So IF it's a pilonidal cyst and IF he has it excised, what does that mean in terms of process? Does he wait 6 months and then try to be re-qualified? Or can he try to get a waiver prior to the 6 months?

    I hope to get this resolved quickly from a medical standpoint and hopefully can get it treated before the end of September. That would make 6 months out the end of March. How does timing factor into the equation?

    And a related question.... DODMERB hasn't found a doctor yet (that's wht it says on DS's status). Do we have to wait for them or can he go to a doctor his GP recommends? He has his sports physical next week so it would be easy to get a referral through our regular providers.

    Thanks.
     
  2. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    He can try to be proactive and call DODMERB to get that question (which physician, could yours do it, etc...) answered.

    As for the cyst...I have one...it was never a problem, but the standards may have changed. I've never had surgery.

    I had a candidate have an appendectomy last cycle...he was immediately "DQ" for the six months...but after about 3 months, his doctor started to pepper DODMERB with letters, etc...

    And they cleared him.

    Steve
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  3. armydaughter

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    Sigh..... DODMETS says it may take them up to a month to find a provider and then contract with him/her. It seems they have no one under contract in the entire greater Houston area. I guess we will see if his GP can refer him. I know, I know, it's a marathon, not a sprint. :rolleyes: But these things make me a little nervous.
     
  4. joepapp

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    I can explain that a bit further - we had a large medical facility that performed many of our remedials in Houston but has since closed down due to financial hardship. It has left us scrambling a bit in that area. However, our team is pretty spectacular at finding excellent replacements and I'm sure we can find a solution for you very soon.




    Cheers,
    Joe
     

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