Vitreous Hemorrhage, Commotio Retinae

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  1. cb7893

    cb7893 Member

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    This a repeat of a thread I started last week, based on some incorrect information from DS. Neither DW nor I was with him at last week's appointment. DS interpreted Doc's comments to suggest he had a detached retinae, which he does not have.

    DS is HS senior. He has applied for NROTC scholarship. We feel reasonably confident he will win one, but maybe not to his first choice school, out of state high dollar public.

    Three weeks ago he was hit in the eye with a soccer ball at school. (Once a week, his weight training class plays some sort of high cardio game.) We took him to MD within an hour. The doc saw some damage, but nothing requiring immediate treatment.

    Went in for follow-up today and finally talked to doc. Eyesight is 20/15 in both eyes. However, Doc says there is a Vitreous Hemorrhage and Commotio Retinae. Repeat, there is no retina detachment. There will be follow-up check ups at decreasing frequency for the next 11 mos at which time he would receive a clean bill of health.

    Are either of the diagnoses in the thread title an automatic disqualifier.

    Thanks in advance.

    P.S. Also thanks for the PM's and other messages of support.
     
  2. cb7893

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    APB for kp2001

    This was originally posted in early December.

    DS received 4yr NROTC scholarship to first choice school about a week ago. Have not yet received fat envelope.

    DS has been making regular trips to doc to make sure everything is okay. Next appoint is 2 weeks.

    If anyone knows kp2001, please let me know how to contact him. Have PMed him and not gotten response. He is an eye surgeon, so this is right in the heart of his wheelhouse.

    We do not want to start DoDMERB process without checking in with him first.

    Thanks in advance.

    Best wishes and best of luck to all those who, unfortunately, have to use the DoDMERB section of the forum.
     
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    Apologies

    Sorry about the repeat. Have no idea how I did it.
     
  4. GoArmyBeatNavy

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    I am not a surgeon, but have some familiarity with the DoDMERB process.

    What is listed in the DoDI 6130.03 regarding "abnormalities" of the retina:

    does not meet the standard.

    I am not sure if your child's injury would be classified as an abnormality. If so, than he would most likely be DQ'd as it mentions history. It would be up to the service to determine if it would waive the disqualification.
     
  5. Pima

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    The thing that I would see as a potential problem is he will not be cleared until Nov and that might be their concern more than anything. What if in July something happens/changes, that means it impacts them too since you will be required to report it immediately.

    If kp does not answer soon, I would move forward. He is going to have to go through DoDMERB either way, and waiting longer is only delaying the process if he needs a waiver.

    Plus, if I recall correctly you must make an appointment within a specific time frame, thus the clock is now ticking. However, the key word is making not having the appointment.

    Good luck
     
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    We're hoping that the condition is recognized as an "injury" which has healed and not an "abnormality". Given the seriousness with which the SA's take athletics in the admissions process, we can at least be confident that DoDMERB knows the difference.

    Okay, I know we're gripping, but what else can we do.
     
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    We must have posted this AM at the exact sqame time. I just now saw it.

    DS has appointment with eye doc in two weeks.

    Plan is to take prognosis to KP and do what he/she recommends. What KP said in previous PM in Dec was encouraging, but things change.

    Thanks for your post.
     
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    Call off the dogs

    Just got PM from KP2001.

    Wish he/she was our family physician. Statements are short, sweet, to the point.
     
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    Go, thanks for the reference.

    I printed out the sections on eyes and vision, which the eye doc will have before the next appointment.

    Am scheduling DoDMERB exam for a week or two after that.

    Hoping for the best for all the posters.
     

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