Sunday, June 08, 2008

It's good to be back in my own ecosystem

Last week, a mere 28 months after my husband was medically evacuated from Iraq in order to figure out why he's been so sick, he was seen by the specialists at the Deployment Health Clinical Center at Walter Reed.

Better late than never, eh?

We still have no clear answers, but I firmly believe that we are one step closer to figuring it all out. The MD on the assessment team is probably the smartest guy at Walter Reed, and a decent human being to boot. His assessment was thorough and thoughtful. I could almost see the gears in his head turning as he tried to put the puzzle pieces together.

The one thing that he did not do - and this is a significant departure from our previous experiences at the major medical facility that my husband calls "the abattoir" - was to diminish or deny Steve's symptoms. He believed that Steve is sick, and believed that he wants to get better. Believe me, my friends - it makes all the difference in the world.

This was our first visit to Walter Reed since the Washington Post blew the whistle on the horrendous conditions there last year. I am pleased to report that, overall, there seems to be a change in the tone and atmosphere of the place. Maybe the $800,000 spent on pixie dust was worth it, after all.

3 comments:

RWiley said...

Thanks for the service your family has given.
I have faith that, as we take our county back from the "Support the Troops", hypocrisy of the George Bush Administration our service families will benefit from the new Democratic GI Bill and will receive the benefits and care they deserve.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your husbands service, it allows nit wits like #1 to post his Marxist view on a posting that should not be used for political sniping.

JamieLea said...

Rose I'm so glad to hear that your dh is getting some help, know that your all in my prayers :-)