Yippee! Doctor released son to Full Activities!!

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  1. singaporemom

    singaporemom Member

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    Just a huge sigh of relief, so I needed to share.

    Dr. just cleared son, after collarbone break in August, to 'full activities', 'no limits on performance' and the 'ability to perform strenuous military activities'! Yippee.

    We will be picking up letter and complete records tomorrow and sending them in for the remedial.

    Time does indeed heal all wounds. Yippee!!!!! This is one happy mom!:smile:
     
  2. grtkidmom

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    Awesome, love hearing good news
     
  3. PositiveThinking

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    Yea, Singaporemom! :thumb: I know it's been a rollercoaster for your son, and we've all been pulling for him! That is really great news. :biggrin:
     
  4. singaporemom

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    We were thrilled....but he hasn't yet realized that I'm limiting his performance.... NO RUGBY!!!! I don't think I could bear the stress. He's already playing ultimate frisbee, working out, doing pullups and pushups. That's about all I can handle.
     
  5. fairwinds

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    singaporemom,

    I am so happy for you and your son! Happy New Year! Best wishes for continued healing!!!!
     
  6. goaliedad

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    Congratulations and I can understand your prudent use of bubblewrap. As the parent of a kid in a high risk sport, I have occasional nightmares about goaliegirl blowing out a knee beyond repair. Strangely enough, she has had more injuries playing her secondary sports (field hockey and lacrosse) than her primary sport (ice hockey). Much more protective equipment for ice hockey.
     
  7. singaporemom

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    I'm just glad there will be no more Varsity Football!
     
  8. laxmom4boys

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    I too am nervous....winter lacrosse will begin on Sunday and practices for school lax begin on March 1st. I will be a nervous wreck praying son does not get injured! What to do in this situation? Make him sit out on a sport he LOVES? He has his "conditional appointment" to the USCGA (waiting for asthma waiver). I think I'll just have to say lots of prayers for an injury free season. Anyone else in this situation?
     
  9. singaporemom

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    Probably everyone whose child has received an appointment is in this situation! You are in great company. Good Luck getting through the season.
     
  10. goaliedad

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    It seems that you can never have enough protective equipment on when playing lax.

    What I don't understand is why in the womens game, they only wear goggles (no helmet). Last I checked, that ball and stick hurts the head. :unhappy: I guess they don't think girls play hard. You should see some of the gooseeggs goaliegirl gets. Not to mention the divots out of various body parts...
     
  11. MullenLE

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    Congrats!:thumb:
     
  12. singaporemom

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    Fingers crossed, everybody! Doctor's note, son's note, hospital records and doctor's records arrive to DoDMERB this afternoon.

    And FYI for anyone who is in the same situation. Requesting Hospital/emergency room records directly to patient yielded absolutely no response from hospital after 1 month of trying. Having the doctor request the records? Same Day service.

    Quite amazing. I would suggest asking your doctor to request them for you....much less hassle.
     
  13. fairwinds

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    singaporemom, my fingers are crossed for you and your son!

    Thanks, also, for continuing to share new information that may assist many on these forums in the future.
     
  14. Just_A_Mom

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    When I requested hospital records for my daughter a couple of years ago - I went to the records department (usually deep in the basement). I signed the form and paid and they had to order them since they had already been sent to storage.
    It seems odd with HIPAA laws that your physician was able to request them. Perhaps the hospital had sent him courtesy copies at your request when he was treated.

    There is a wide variety of differences in practices. Some specialists only hang on to records for a short period of time and it can take a few weeks for them to be processed and arrive. Also some offices/hospitals will waive the fee if the request is for "Military purposes" - it is so be sure to mention it.

    That said - Congrats to your son Singaporemom!! Good Luck going forward!
     
  15. singaporemom

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    I was informed that the only way to get the records from the hospital was to call this one person in records....which ofcourse gave me a voicemail message instructing me to leave name, request and phone number. Promises to return phonecall within 2 hours.

    Left a message with this 'person' everyother day.

    Son had one last doctor's appointment, so I did this until 3 days before that appointment and then called doctor's record office. Signed the required paper via fax. Both of us faxed the same request for the records to be released to the doctor. (My next step was to barge into the office!)

    The records were released to the doctor that same day, and I never did hear back from the Hospital after at least 15 tries.

    If you have a cooperative doctor's office, which we do, ask them to request records as soon as you visit the doctor for the first time. It was also free to have the records sent to doctor. And no fee from the doctor to get a copy of son's records.

    Fortunately or Unfortunately this was an injury that was recent...so we had an ongoing relationship with the doctor.

    Use whatever resources you have, and if the doctor's office has more power with the hospital then by all means, use them.

    I'm a big believer in making this process as easy as possible, since there are many times when you are freaking out, stressed, wishing you smoked or drank..... let others do the work for you if they are better equipped.

    Good luck everybody!
     
  16. Just_A_Mom

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    Gotcha - you reqested they send them to the physician. That is awful you got such a run around. Many hospitals have instructions and request forms online now. I recommend everyone check there first.
    As far as using your resources - agreed! One other thing for those who must send records to DoDMERB. I highly recommend that you receive the records and then send them all in one package with tracking to DoDMERB. Make Copies and keep them!
     
  17. singaporemom

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    Ditto...we sent everything in one package with copy of remedial request attached.

    And read the remedial very carefully. It asked for confirmation by the doctor that he had received and read the remedial request. I made the doctor stand infront of us and waited for him to read it. The asked him to put that into the letter.

    Request also stated for son to write about any braces, support used and activity level.

    Made copies of everything, and made a digital copy.
    Then put a sticker on every piece of paper with son's name and ssn. and then pg number. I was envisioning the packet of records slipping off a desk into a pile of mismatched documents. OMG!!!! Now I know that if that happens, every piece of paper has my son's name, ssn and page number on it. I can sleep better now.

    Son is sleeping fine, btw. He's not worried.
     
  18. NavIss58

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    nice going singaporemom, we watched each other from the other side while my son did his food challenge! That was some exciting stuff. We made it too. :thumb: got the NAPS letter for Christmas (very nice gift)

    But it doesn't end there (or it might not). Son had to get his police records for clearance. Police records lady was very nice but would NOT release records w/o Academy request. I tried, over and over again, to explain the form we submitted WAS the Academy request. No, she said, it needs to come from the Academy. It DID come from the Academy I said. We don't release records to the public, she said. I don't want to see them, I said, just send them directly to the Academy.......please. Not without the Academy's request. You can see where this one's going.

    Thank's go to the RD at USNA for stepping into the fray and getting this one accomplished. But wow, what an effort.
     
  19. singaporemom

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    It's amazing how records pertaining to yourself..or your minor child...you have to go through hoops to get.
     
  20. goaliedad

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    Y'all are making me nervous here!

    With goaliegirl turning 18 next month, thanks to the wonderful HIPPA rules, she is going to have to obtain all of her own records for any remedials requested. And she's 1000 miles from home without transportation. I can see what spring break has in store for her...
     

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