When to get Dr.'s statments?

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  1. CHS11111

    CHS11111 Member

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    I am looking at the DoDMERB forms and am a bit alarmed at all of the boxes that DS is going to have to mark as Yes. :( He has not yet been contacted by the DoDMERB yet, but should be within a month or so. Do we go ahead and get a doctor's statement (for everything that we have to mark as yes) now before he fills out the form & does the exam? Or do we just put an explanation in the the box provided for now and wait to see if he is DQ over it later on? Is there a particular form that the doctor will need to fill out or can he just write a letter stating his condition at this point in time? Thank so much for any advice you can give! :)
     
  2. Pima

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    Can you clarify what you think will DQ your child?

    Your post is very obtuse. No branch, no conditions, etc.

    For example:
    Braces?
    Wisdom teeth?
    Broken bone?


    Are different than:
    Asthma
    Color deficiency for vision
    Surgeries

    In the end you will read the same thing...apply, get your paperwork in order. However, the more you share, the more posters can give you guidance/direction.

    Currently nobody can give you advice IMPO, because nobody knows the YES.

    I am curious how you know they will be sent in the next month for DoDMERB...are they considered a competitive candidate? Sequestration is a big deal, at least for the AF, and they are trying to delay costs until Oct 1st.
     
  3. CHS11111

    CHS11111 Member

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    more info

    DS - currently in the application process for USNA, USAFA, MM & CG Acadamies, NROTC & AFROTC - attended NASS this summer.

    From our understanding, the DoDMERB should be contacting him within the next 30 days (letter from MM Acadamy stated this). I have no idea when an exam will be scheduled or when paperwork is due. We are just trying to be prepared.

    Conditions:
    eye (wears contacts) -3.25 Rx
    seasonal allergies/hayfever - takes no meds
    asthma (as a child, not past age of 12)
    ezcema - treated as a child, no meds Rx since age 12 - very mild now
    deviated septum (nose) surgery - (Feb. of 2013) - no issues now

    Hopefully that gives a clearer picture of our situation. Sorry I did not elaborate more in the initial post. To me, this looks like a huge laundry list of woes, but I have been told that you just need to keep applying & hope for the best - and not let 'what if's' stop us. He has plans A, B, C all the way through K in place of none of above work out for him.

    And I mis-spelled 'statement' - that drives me crazy. :rolleyes:

    Thanks again!
     
  4. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    From the Army's medical requirements, I don't see anything that is cause for concern. Was the surgery to correct a sleep issue?
     
  5. Packer

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    You might take a look at the standards here.
    http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/613003p.pdf

    You will likely have some remedials (requests for additional information) but the list is likely not as bad as you think.
    The vision and the seasonal allergies are not likely to be a problem.
     
  6. CHS11111

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    The deviated septum surgery was to fix his nose due to obstructed breathing. I believe they just straightened things out.

    The DoDMERB does not mess around; we got our packet from them last night w/instructions to schedule the appts. within 5 days of receipt. That was super fast! I am super-anxious that all goes well; so much riding on this!

    Thanks so much for the help!
     
  7. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    Was there postsurgical study to ascertain if the surgery was successful? If not, that might be one of their follow-up consultations.
     
  8. rudyinok

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    Posting our question here because I feel it goes along with the flavor of OP's question:

    so, if you have as much documentation as possible when you arrive for the dodmerb physical, can you possibly avoid a remedial for a problem? For instance, ds had an osteochondroma which was benign and isolated - surgically removed off his femur (no soft tissue cut) 3 years ago. It was completely resolved and causes absolutely no problem now. we have all the surgical records in hand including followup xrays to show at time of dodmerb.

    Can this documentation help avoid a remedial?

    and obviously I realize none of you can say for sure. but in your experience if the issue being investigated is completely resolved and NOT on the list of DQ's, can you maybe avoid a remedial?
     
  9. Pima

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    From what I have always understood is that the doctor does not make that determination. They (docs) administer the test, and the results are faxed to DoDMERB. DoDMERB makes the decision, not the doc.

    If it was me, I would take it, and ask them if it is a remedial/DQ issue could they please fax the records with their results.

    I know as an AF flier's spouse, flight docs were DoDMERB qualified, they had the big DoDMERB book in the office of what was DQd, and the parameters, but they could not stop the DQ or remedial if the patient did not meet the parameters.

    I.E. If the parameters are 48 months from surgery, and it has been only 40, it would still be annotated. Just like if the parameters are 24, and it is now 36, it would still be annotated.

    It is on his records.
     
  10. sheriff3

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    Please keep in mind these Dr's. are not employees of DoDMERB. They are third party contractors. If you look at the recent posts about the exams being done (i.e. 15 min quickies) I would not expect the Dr. to have much interest in your previous history. The DoDMERB exam is designed to provide DoDMERB with a picture of your CURRENT health. Previous medical history will be addressed by DoDMERB via the health questionnaire. DQ's and remedials will be based on previous and current medical history and or issues. Good Luck.:thumb:
     
  11. Pbravo1

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    I know it is 3 weeks later, but I went to my exam today & the doctor didn't even want to look at the medical records that I brought. He said, if they want them, they'll ask for them.
     
  12. kinnem

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    ^^^^^
    I would consider that being properly armed but never having to use my weapon. Best to be properly armed in all situations.
     

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