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When in doubt, call someone who understands why you're so upset about not being taken seriously by the base clinic and a family medical history that complicates that situation.

Laurel and I are going home as soon as we sort out ticketing. (I'll be reimbursing my parents and/or sister, who are helping me on this, since right now we are a day out from payday and still waiting for the corrected tax refund to be direct-deposited.) Once we do I'll be using portability to transfer Laurel and I to Tricare's Central region. If Denver/Evergreen OB-GYN doesn't accept Tricare, I will see my old PCM at Conifer Mountain Family Medicine and either they (I can't say enough about how nice it is to have healthcare providers that treat the problem instead of symptoms) will take care of me or will refer me to a real (not military) doctor that can.

I [had] made my previous post today friends-only since I'm sure readers stumbling across my journal don't need to struggle through my great disappointment in the SJAFB medical clinic. [As of June 2005, it's now public.] In the meanwhile, the 4th Medical Group can kiss my ass -- and not get any of my every other week's uterine bleeding on them because my Keeper rocks. (It's soon to be replaced an analagous silicone model as the extrra stress on my body of using it 7 of every 14 days has brought my latent latex sensitivity out.)


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Jul. 31st, 2003 02:49 pm (UTC)
Hey, if you need doc recommendations, I could recommend mine. She's in downtown Denver though, so I know it would be a commute. Her name is Ann Arrigo, and she can be reached at 303-839-8538.

Also, if you need anything, I'll be happy to help when you get here. I'd offer my cell, but it seems to be broken, and so I'm going to the Verizon store tonight to see if it can be fixed.
Jul. 31st, 2003 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Right now my plans are to see Denver-Evergreen OB/GYN since they saw me before and through my pregnancy with Laurel. If they don't accept Tricare and the practice I see in Conifer that does refers me to an OB/GYN or another specialist, I only have the choice of providers that Tricare will cover unless I prefer to pay out of pocket -- and in that case, I'd pay out of pocket for the Denver-Evergreen group because I'm already comfortable with them.

We've been planning for a few months for Laurel to return a few weeks ahead of Robert and I so we could wrap things up out here, so right now we're just moving up the date when she's returning home and I'll accompany her instead of Mom and my sister flying out and returning with the midget.
Jul. 31st, 2003 05:13 pm (UTC)
About the Keeper...
They say you can try it for 3 months, return it, and get a refund if you don't like it. I would seriously hate to be the one to open that mail!

The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health says this about Instead cups, which I was thinking about when you mentioned a latex sensitivity, since they're made of what I believe is vinyl.
Jul. 31st, 2003 10:26 pm (UTC)
Re: About the Keeper...
I don't think it'd be that bad; mine's a year old and it it's only a little darker than when it was new -- it gets washed with hot soapy water twice a day during my period and then a thorough scrubbing with an old toothbrush and antibacterial soap at the end of it.

So the Instead cup works a lot like a diaphragm? Hmm. I'll have to hunt down a trial pack of those sometime.

I really like my Keeper, it's just that the best way to stop a latex sensitivity is to avoid latex. Also, there are graduated markings on the silicone cups (the Keeper is not marked, but it's been discussed on the Keeper LJ community exactly how much one holds) so then I could also track more exact flow descriptions, which could be helpful in documenting my problems in more detaiil for when I see a doctor.
Aug. 1st, 2003 03:03 am (UTC)
Re: About the Keeper...
There's a community for this sort of thig?

Instead cups are also disposable - so if you're using the Keeper to help with the environment or to cut down on monthly costs, Instead won't help you there...
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Jul. 31st, 2003 10:14 pm (UTC)
I use a menstrual cup because it's only method I've met that doesn't make me miserable -- I have heavy flow so tampons aren't cost-effective and washable cloth pads have to be changed every 2 hours and I'm sensitive to having plastics in contact with my undersides for a week so disposable pads are out too.

I haven't been on the Pill in nearly seven years for the very basic reason that when I took it, it made me the hormonal raging bitch from hell alternating with brutal, suicidal depression. I told my PA this before she called in the scrip and she said it couldn't be that bad. Guess she'll find out the hard way, since if I don't take it I can be denied further treatment.

I think the pay decides whether most doctors listen. At the military clinic, whoever provides my healthcare gets paid the same whether they actually provide care or just leave me sitting in a waiting or exam room for an hour. They are neither rewarded or penalized for not rendering treatment. On the other hand, if I pay out of pocket to see a civilian doctor, that doctor is being directly paid for the time they spend with me, so it makes sense for them to treat my problem as efficiently as possible. If they don't render appropriate care, I have legal recourse -- I can complain to the state licensing board, sue for malpractice, etc.
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