Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What A Disappointment

Yesterday Sandy and I went into Longview to do some earns and have lunch with her sister Pam. Also we wanted to drop off the approval form for my VA doctor to fax to my eye doctor that I was fit and sound to have my cataract surgery on the 27th. The VA Longview clinic had just moved to a new location and I might add a great improvement over their old facility. I checked in at the front desk and explained the purpose of my visit and wanted to talk to my doctors nurse.

The nurse saw me in about ten minutes in which I explained my purpose for coming in that morning.  She explained he may not sign it since it was 60 days ago since he last saw me. She left and in about 5 minutes she returned with the form and said he would not sign it as “how did he know I actually had a cataract and needed it removed”. I never head of such a thing one doctor questioning another's integrity. He said since I had not had my eyes checked at VA Shreveport he  would not fax the form of approval until I visited the eye doctor at VA. I told her that would take weeks and my surgery was next week and how difficult it was to get this surgery date. But anything I had to say just caused me to get more angry and it was no point going there. I did express my disappointment in him. I had a cataract removed about for years ago and had no problem with my doctor then  sending the approval form. so, now I have to wait for an appointment with the eye doctor in Shreveport and then just maybe this guy will sign the release form and I can get on with the cataract surgery. Rest of the story to follow……………..

Until next time…..MtnAire Travlers.


  1. That IS a disappointment and an inconvenience too. I am so sorry but it seems we have to jump through so many hoops lately for good medical care. Hang in there.

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  2. To put it bluntly, that's assinine! Territorialism at it's worst.Bureaucracy! Pishtush, if you remember Gilbert and Sullivan's "Mikado."