Disabled American Veterans in Philippines

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Disabled American Veterans in Philippines
I think I am physically disabled, if I was an American Vet maybe I would qualify for free money. The Philippines is a great place for disabled American Veterans.

I am NOT an American Veteran, I truly do not understand, I am just giving an opinion.

Why the Philippines for Medical Treatment?
1. Cheap to live here.
2. Other Veterans to help answer medical problems fill out the forms and help you qualify for free money.
3. Physical Therapy cost about 5-7 US Dollars per visit.

Why is Andy the HoboTraveler.com disabled?



I broke my left femur in a motorcycle accident when I was 23 years old; a drunk person with no insurance hit me with his car. I believe because I had a Fatty Embolism the doctors decided not to operate, they did NOT put a rod in my femur. Instead, they put me in traction and allowed the bones to connect. Presently my thy is not straight and has a huge lump where the callous precipitated into bone to compensate for the break.

I personally think they should have made plates and screwed the 3-4 bone pieces into proper alignment, they kept telling me it was in perfect alignment, I would say Doctor Hadawi in Bloomington, Indiana lied to me.

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Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Monday, August 24, 2009

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Disabled Defined
Unable to perform particular activities: describes somebody with a condition that makes it difficult to perform some or all of the basic tasks of daily life.

When people ask me about my broken thy bone or femur, I say,
“I cannot high jump 6 foot anymore.”

The Disable Americans Vets in Baguio discuss percentages.

“I am 60 percent disabled and I get 3000 dollars per month”
“He is 100 percent disable and gets 6000 dollars per month.”

I tend to think the goal of many disabled American Vets is to increase the percentage from say 30-80, or 80 to 100 and thereby increase their monthly pay.

What problems I have today

Ever since I broke my femur, I have never been able to push off with my toes properly, I cannot jump correctly, however more important the left butt muscle atrophies. When I worked in the USA, I would work out in the gym, do specific exercises to keep the muscles in the left leg closer to the same size as the right leg, it never worked.

Sciatica or Piriformis Syndrome is caused by imbalance or structural problems in the bones.

Example: A very fat person’s stomach strains the spine until it pops…. Hehehe. The vertebrae pushes against the spinal cord and you have Sciatica or pain down your leg.

I am not fat, I say I am fat, but I am only about 20 pound overweight, in comparison to men in my same age group, I am skinny… this is sad.

I am sitting here in San Fernando, Bauang, La Union, Philippines asking myself this question.

“What is the advantage for me, Andy Graham with this disability to be in the Philippines?”

There are many, I mean the list is so numerous I am going to have trouble explaining simply. Generally though the reason is this, I can waddle my way through all the possible problems, question, answers and solutions cheaply.

Example, I am going to go get an X-ray of my femur, I have not seen one since I was 23, and I want to know what the status is today. I want to have a doctor tell me what he or she thinks.

Maybe 20 Dollars to do this or maybe 30.

Playing the “What if game” is possible to do here; I can explore possible solutions cheaply. I can compensate, learn, train myself to circumvent these medical problems, I can minimize the disability.

Doctors perform Trial and Error methods

I talked with a Doctor in Thailand.
I talked with a Doctor in Lorma Hospital here in Philippines.

I said, I have a nodule or cysts on my back, I then say I have sciatic nerve pain. They answer,
“We need to get an MRI.”

I say, what is this Cyst, this baby hurts?

They ignore the cyst and continue towards the MRI, I have now appeased them and they say, yes you have a bulge pushing against your nerve. I say fine, but the cyst is still hurting.

There answer is for me to go to physical therapy. I see this as just passive treatment to try to get me to stop talking about the pain. More or less pain management, not solving the problem.

Error

I can afford to go to this Hospital daily until I am happy, this is great. It cost me about 10 US dollars per visit, or about 500 Pesos.

Trial and Error until I succeed, this is truly the art of success for any business, eliminate all the negatives and what is left is the solutions. I will continue to ask question until I solve this problem. Better yet, I will continue to explain my broken femur, the lack of muscle, get an x-ray and do this until they see clear, the well-defined problem explains the solution.

Here is the link where I information for my sciatica disability: Sciatia Solutions

If you are critical thinker and want to learn about related information on how we work through this mental masturbation, I would recommend you read this book called Psycho Cybernetics, a book showing you how we work toward goals by doing the wrong things.

99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration…



Disabled American Veterans in Philippines

Gadget

Thanks JD for the clarification, I appreciate your sacrifice.

Note, I get zero money or disability, I must earn enough money to pay for my problems. hehehe

I am wandering, if I got this medical treatment inside the USA, the Insurance companies would all have records. I suppose one great reason to come over to the Philippines is to keep the known problems off the books.

I made the choice to ride the motorcycle, I took the risk, I am paying the price today as I did when I got to walk around on my armpits for a year. (Crutches)

My goal in the post was to allow an American Veteran to know there is another choice, another option than to pay the high cost of living in the USA.

There is a "buy American" or "use American" mentality that prevails even with my Factory Worker, Factory Union Worker Mother and Family.

Truthfully, in my do good for the world mentality, the last thing I want to do is buy American to help the planet earth. I want to distribute the money to the poor countries like the Philippines.

I on the other hand give only 5 pesos as a tip at the VFW restaurant, these people need to remember they are in the Philippines, when they lose their job because all the VETS die, they need to live within the real society.

Fun stuff, but not as simple as being a patriot American.

Spend your money wisely, do not overpay, making the best use of your money is the free enterprise system at work. The Doctors in the USA need to compete with the Doctors in the Philippines to keep them from gouge collecting money.

Hmm, maybe the insurance companies can send people to the Philippines.

Thanks JD

I encourage the down to earth, good people of the planet to come to the Philippines and help another country change their culture.

Andy


hoz

Ummmm, I wondered if you would antagonize any Vets with your ill advised post. I see JD has set you straight on the disabled veteran issue. Better brush up on your Tagalog or hop a bus out of town. After that faux pas maybe you won't be so welcome at the Bauang VFW...

It seems to me you are second guessing the doctors. You have a diagnosis, you have a course of treatment, which you decided to discontinue because of transportation difficulties.

The doctors have told you it isn't the cause of your pain, but you persist.

if you think the cyst is the problem why not have an elective surgery to remove it?


Fruugal

Andy,

The insurance industry is already experimenting with sending people overseas for cheaper treatment. Competition is the answer!

http://www.montereyherald.com/ci_13188526


Gadget

I have not said or done anything wrong, I do not apologize for my writing.

Maybe I use the wrong numbers, not the wrong theories.

100 percent is 2673.00
Add that with any Social Security or Pension and they may be at 6000 per month.

These men are the same as any other men.I thank them and appreciate their sacrifice.

I have been to Iraq, I have seen the wars, I have learned what is needed learned about the Global situation. War will always exist, and somebody will always die.

Callous, no this is reality.
I hope they all enjoy their lives

If a Vet cannot accept reality of war, then who can...

Andy


Gadget

Hoz, I have a Charlie Foxtrot diagnose.
You are Filipino, I would hope you understand your own culture...

HOZ SAID,
"It seems to me you are second guessing the doctors. You have a diagnosis, you have a course of treatment, which you decided to discontinue because of transportation difficulties.

Damn right I am not just going to trust a Doctor. I know my body and can go to places like Iraq, Africa and the Philippines because I can judge people great.

I say I have a nodule, or cyst, they keep saying to me this is not the problem.

Espinosa the Neural guy sends me to MRI
I get the MRI, they say I have a bulge impinging on nerve.
They send me to Doctor Chiu, the Orthopedic Doctor.
Doctor Chiu makes me do many movements with my body and says if you have this, then you cannot do these exercises.
I go to Doctor Acacio the Physical Therapist who now says I have Piriformis, why, because I said I think I have Piriformis Syndrome.
They want to give me Ultrasound and other ways to get pain to stop.
I do not give a crap about the pain,
I need a solution I can do anywhere, not in a Physical Therapy office, the person who they wanted to give me Therapy did not speak English, that would be educational.

Doctor Chiu does not know what Piriformis Syndrome is, and if he does, he does not understand my English, but this is not important, I do.

Acacio does, and she is the solution, not the diagnose, but she does not give me Therapy, some 200 peso per day person does, who is he or she?

I went today to get an X-ray, I got it.

This is not the best of the best Doctors, this is the Philippines, this is not Saint Lukes, this is the San Fernando Hospital in boom F, Egypt Philippines.

The last thing a person should ever do in the Philippine is just trust a Philippines person.

I am told that daily by expat, if not twice daily.
Andy


Can-0-Worms Andy,

But I have met a lot of these guys. Especially the ones in Angeles City. They are mostly decent folks that have earned every penny. However 95 percent are not living in AC because they can not afford to live in the states and are banished to foreign lands They are here because they still have life in them and they want to enjoy it.

"You fought in 2 wars and would like to enjoy a few cigarettes and a couple of beers"? says the 22 year old female bartender at a TGIF restaurant in Anywhere,USA ?

OK one or two Blueberry Pale Ales or Snuffy McGritty's Indian style pale ale old man ? and you'll have to smoke outside in the snow storm and take a 20 dollar cab ride home if you plan on having 3 beers and the second you can me "TOOTS" I'm calling the police again !

Hell, with the meds you got to take because of the shrapnel still left in your back from WWII you better only have one and get home before dark. Matlock comes on at 6pm and 60 minutes follows that if your still awake she says........

Nope their here because they enjoy life and are not going to be told they can not be a man anymore.

Simple as that. Money issues aside. Life is pretty dam good in the Philippines when your a VET surrounded by many friends and if you lived through your armed service contract and get a decent check+ SS and or pension over $1,500 combined or more life is really good. Not such a good deal if you didn't if you live and your spending eternity down the road in the Clark AFB Cemetery. But even those guys that didn't make it would rather be bushing up palm trees rather than fertilizing some run down public drinking area called a cemetary in many USA cities and having thier gaves pissed

Semper Fi brothers...Carry on.

and don't forget to tip the waitresses more than 5 peso's after a few rounds.

You won't here many nursing a 50 cent San Miguel that is outstanding summer beer


Gadget

Thanks Chuck, some more clarity on this issue that is not the topic.

In my opinion, the goal of writing it to get people to think.

JD is smart, I know him personally, he is a good guy, about 65. I could push his buttons in second, he is living a war of his own, these buttons are still easy to find, if not too easy.

He made a long... comment.

The reason allow comments is for people to correct me, disagree with me, answer my proposals, and to allow them to think.

Some of these Expats NEED to think, they need a project, they need a place where they can vent or talk out issues.

Someone out there is doing a Google right not, they wll find my page, they will hate me, but they will find the Disabled American Vets in Baguio at the Red Lion Inn, in the VFW in Bauang, the VFW in Subic, the VFW in Angeles.

I do not want the love of the American Vets, I do not want the love of readers. I want the love of real people in my daily life who I respect.

One of my many goals in a post will be accomplished, to allow a soldier to find his home away from home by finding this post, then finding JD. The will for sure shoot the messenger.

I will be off to Africa, South America, they will still be here fighting their wars.

Andy


Gadget

Hello,
I think if you join this Yahoo Groups thing, they can give you all the advice you need.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BaguioCityPhilippines/

Thanks
Andy in Bauang and Baguio Philippines Sept 2009