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nullandvoid
Mar 7, 2006

Look, the Mona Lisa's not a better painting, it's merely a more famous one, and it was made more famous because it was stolen. And this was stolen, so...
Nm.

nullandvoid fucked around with this message at 02:09 on Apr 27, 2024

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PageMaster
Nov 4, 2009
Sorry fo more wheelchair question but I'm taking it to my kids school trip tomorrow and I'm doing everything can man to more sure don't get stranded orclueless and the I know everything about it

I found this video when looking for guides:

https://youtu.be/nxX1WmbXB3c?feature=shared

IT's titled battery install and removal but that is not the battery I have the manual calls it a battery case. What is does it hold a charge? it's shown being charged in the video.

For reference here's where mine looks like:

https://www.millercare.co.uk/quickie-carbon-q50-replacement-battery/ d so I'm wondering if I actually have 3batteries total and was not told, the VA wheelchair repair shop said not talk about th"battery" in that video at all when training me.

PageMaster fucked around with this message at 05:35 on Apr 28, 2024

Zero VGS
Aug 16, 2002
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PageMaster posted:

Sorry fo more wheelchair question but I'm taking it to my kids school trip tomorrow and I'm doing everything can man to more sure don't get stranded orclueless and the I know everything about it

I found this video when looking for guides:

https://youtu.be/nxX1WmbXB3c?feature=shared

IT's titled battery install and removal but that is not the battery I have the manual calls it a battery case. What is does it hold a charge? it's shown being charged in the video.

For reference here's where mine looks like:

https://www.millercare.co.uk/quickie-carbon-q50-replacement-battery/ d so I'm wondering if I actually have 3batteries total and was not told, the VA wheelchair repair shop said not talk about th"battery" in that video at all when training me.

I would need you to be very specific here, so that I don't give you the wrong information. The wheelchair you show in that YouTube link is the non-carbon-fiber (probably aluminum) version of the Quickie C50, which has a large battery which removes from the rear of the wheelchair.

Can you confirm if the wheelchair you were given is actually the "Quickie Q50 Carbon" that you said yours looks like? If that is true, the battery can be removed by hand from the front of the wheelchair. You could bring extra batteries with you, and swap them much like you would change the battery on a power tool.

What makes you think you have 3 batteries total? Could you have someone take a clear picture of the wheelchair and all the batteries / accessories?

edit: I'm going to take a guess here. If you have the "Q50 Carbon" model, the front "battery case" has two battery slots on it, which each take a battery. If they gave you a battery for both slots, then you have 2 batteries, because the "battery case" itself contains no energy, it just holds the 2 batteries. The website says each 3-pound battery gives 7.5 miles range, so with both you should have around 15 miles range. But please have someone help you with some pictures so I can confirm!

Zero VGS fucked around with this message at 06:37 on Apr 28, 2024

PageMaster
Nov 4, 2009

Zero VGS posted:

I would need you to be very specific here, so that I don't give you the wrong information. The wheelchair you show in that YouTube link is the non-carbon-fiber (probably aluminum) version of the Quickie C50, which has a large battery which removes from the rear of the wheelchair.

Can you confirm if the wheelchair you were given is actually the "Quickie Q50 Carbon" that you said yours looks like? If that is true, the battery can be removed by hand from the front of the wheelchair. You could bring extra batteries with you, and swap them much like you would change the battery on a power tool.

What makes you think you have 3 batteries total? Could

Thanks. I have theq50r carbon with the two removable front batteries. I didn't even notice it wasnt the carbon in the video. I assumed that I might have 3rd battery because the video was titled battery removal but showed something different from my two.;I didn't realize it a different chair modeso I must have that same battery

Auto I'm probably over thinking or over complicating this d over thinking this so I missed that detail (I honestly thought thatvideo was showing a q50r carbon). Tomorrow is my first day since I was found to need a chair thatI'll be taking it out in public, in crowded pieces, public transport, etc and today I couldn't even get up on my driveway because of a tiny 1" "cur at the bottom of the driveway different so I'm still a little apprehensive

PageMaster fucked around with this message at 06:50 on Apr 28, 2024

Zero VGS
Aug 16, 2002
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Glad I could help. If you had trouble making it up the 1-inch curb your first time using it, it may have simply been shipped with the batteries stored at a low charge % (this is common practice).

Take both batteries out, and charge each all the way up with the charger.

This is your manual... as they say, R.T.F.M.: https://www.sunrisemedical.com/getattachment/d126b6d9-6ddd-4a0b-a8ae-d1cf415ce804/.aspx

It says that the two battery slots on the wheelchair are Slot A and B. If you're sitting in it, Slot A is your left-hand side. That's the only slot that pulls energy from the battery. Slot B is just to hold a battery, it has no electrical connection in it. So, they expect you to reach down and switch the two batteries if you run out of range. I can't find a single YouTube video demonstrating the battery swap. But, if you plug a single battery in and it works, that's the "active" slot, the other is the "storage" slot.

edit: if you have a full charge and it still can't handle your curb, well, a curb going straight up, even just an inch, is still technically a 90-degree incline. Have someone make some little ramps to smooth out the curb and that could fix it.

Zero VGS fucked around with this message at 07:27 on Apr 28, 2024

PageMaster
Nov 4, 2009

Zero VGS posted:

Glad I could help. If you had trouble making it up the 1-inch curb your first time using it, it may have simply been shipped with the batteries stored at a low charge % (this is common practice).

Take both batteries out, and charge each all the way up with the charger.

This is your manual... as they say, R.T.F.M.: https://www.sunrisemedical.com/getattachment/d126b6d9-6ddd-4a0b-a8ae-d1cf415ce804/.aspx

It says that the two battery slots on the wheelchair are Slot A and B. If you're sitting in it, Slot A is your left-hand side. That's the only slot that pulls energy from the battery. Slot B is just to hold a battery, it has no electrical connection in it. So, they expect you to reach down and switch the two batteries if you run out of range. I can't find a single YouTube video demonstrating the battery swap. But, if you plug a single battery in and it works, that's the "active" slot, the other is the "storage" slot.

edit: if you have a full charge and it still can't handle your curb, well, a curb going straight up, even just an inch, is still technically a 90-degree incline. Have someone make some little ramps to smooth out the curb and that could fix it.

Thanks you so much for all the help, you'ved helped more than I could have hoped when I posted my first questions. Just glad I found the wheelchair expert before I took it out on the roads for the first timeAnd you'veprobably saved me from apossible very me about the side of the battery box thadoesnt actually do anything except store a spare. VA just popped a plastic cover over hat side so you just can't use it at all hadnt told me why yet.

PageMaster
Nov 4, 2009
Died the VA offer or cover in home. Hospice care? Or only in their own hospice facility?

PageMaster fucked around with this message at 20:33 on May 3, 2024

SlurredSpeech609
Oct 29, 2012

I was a flight line mechanic and my tinnitus claim was diagnosed but denied as non service related. Any suggestions how to file an appeal without loving it up?

nwin
Feb 25, 2002

make's u think

SlurredSpeech609 posted:

I was a flight line mechanic and my tinnitus claim was diagnosed but denied as non service related. Any suggestions how to file an appeal without loving it up?



I donít have anything to offer except questions.

Did you get a physical completed prior to separation and is that when you mentioned tinnitus? Or had you gone to an ear doctor before separation and gotten it diagnosed?

Iíve had tinnitus for a while (blame it on a list of service related reasons), and I finally got it diagnosed at year 18, prior to going through the medical board for my retirement physical. Hoping thatís enough.

Zero VGS
Aug 16, 2002
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SlurredSpeech609 posted:

I was a flight line mechanic and my tinnitus claim was diagnosed but denied as non service related. Any suggestions how to file an appeal without loving it up?

My tinnitus claim was so easy in 2008. But they clamped down bigtime. I think there's just some VA marching orders to give everyone a hard time now when they claim tinnitus, since so many vets used it as a free square before.

IANAL and I'm no expert but it looks like the point of contention is in paragraph #4. They had someone examine you (maybe not a doctor, perhaps just a nurse practitioner is allowed?) and the examiner was probably asked by the VA "do you see proof of a link?!?!" and that person said "well no but..." and the VA said "cool thanks lol" and declined you. This "expert" might be told you're all malingering, they might not be a vet.

In paragraph 2 "A direct grant of service connection requires...", you fulfilled all the criteria there (according to the Favorable Findings section) except that the examiner did not concur that it was service connected. Your beef is with their poo poo opinion. A lot of these examiners are cowards and always go with the safest option for themselves which is to shrug.

Here's the rub. The favorable findings specifically says your MOS has a probability of military noise exposure. That *should* be enough to have tinnitus be "presumptive", as in, if you complain now, they ought to take your word for it (i.e. if you worked in the burn pits and complain about asthma right now, that's presumptive. It's basically a gimme).

So yeah, absolutely appeal it, but I don't know the magic words. Maybe there's a local lawyer with experience in these claims (more importantly a track record of results and testimonials), who can prearrange for a more favorable second opinion? There's a lot of money on the table.

Sorry they're dicking you over. As you can see it's turning into a meme:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMlzm6a51h8

Zero VGS fucked around with this message at 03:14 on May 8, 2024

Godholio
Aug 28, 2002

Does a bear split in the woods near Zheleznogorsk?
My tinnitus ruling was the same. I plan on some kind of appeal, but I'm also going to appeal my kidney stone rating of 0% based on the 10% hydrophronesis "Only an occasional attack of colic, not infected and not requiring catheter drainage. (38 CFR 4.115a, 38 CFR 4.115b)" bit that they seem to have ignored in two of my post-service lithotripsies.

I've got a regular doctor's appt coming up, so I plan on discussing tinnitus with him, and see if there's some kind of kidney function test I can do. I pee a lot, but I've always assumed it's because I drink so much water now...might as well find out for sure, since I technically piss often enough for 10% if it's traceable to a sufficiently poor glomerular filtration rate. It took over a year, but I finally have my HSA card so I might as well use it.

My hearing test results don't show sufficient degradation, which is loving shocking to me. Maybe it's just the tinnitus loving it all up, but I don't know what the gently caress I'm doing, and frankly I'm unimpressed with the DAV so far. They incorrectly filled out the paperwork, so I ended up filling out half of it anyway, and the fucker got my hopes up on the hearing loss.

I'll never see a dime of VA money anyway, I got separation pay and it'll literally take decades to offset that at 10%, assuming I win one of the appeals (HA).

Godholio fucked around with this message at 18:33 on May 13, 2024

Loden Taylor
Aug 11, 2003

Godholio posted:

My hearing test results don't show sufficient degradation, which is loving shocking to me. Maybe it's just the tinnitus loving it all up, but I don't know what the gently caress I'm doing, and frankly I'm unimpressed with the DAV so far. They incorrectly filled out the paperwork, so I ended up filling out half of it anyway, and the fucker got my hopes up on the hearing loss.

Human hearing goes up to about 20 kHz, but most sound tests top out at around 8 kHz because below that are the frequencies used for speech, so if you're still good in the 200 Hz to 8 kHz range, the test will say you've got normal hearing.

Every sound except pure sine tones has overtones that shoot up way up past 8 kHz, and it's the overtones that give a sound its identifiable timbre. So if you've lost a lot of your high end, everything will sound slightly muted and duller, like you've applied a low pass filter to it. Meanwhile, the test will say you don't even qualify for high frequency hearing loss, because you're still good up to 8 kHz. It's bullshit, but they're only really concerned with you being able to hear well enough to communicate.

Queer Grenadier
Jun 14, 2023

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rifles posted:

Anyone able to weigh in with appeals advice? I'm about to do my first, I have a pile of 0% service connected and got way lower ratings on my sadbrains and some joint issues than I should have, according to the rating criteria definitions.

Work with a Veteran Service Officer (VSO). Theyíre normally in every county governmentís Veteran department. Theyíre free to use.

Queer Grenadier
Jun 14, 2023

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PageMaster posted:

Has anyone done the vha driver rehabilitation program? Is it therapy to get you roadworthy, or is it the evaluation (f reaction time, vision, cognitive) that gets you a letter to the dmv

If the license if revoked or suspended, must be done through DMV directly.

VA driver rehab is for assessment and recommendations to the Veteran. I donít believe they can communicate (without release of information) to DMV.

Queer Grenadier
Jun 14, 2023

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HE NOT WARSHING HE HOLES LOL

PageMaster posted:

Died the VA offer or cover in home. Hospice care? Or only in their own hospice facility?

Yes. Speak with primary care and a social worker if needed. There are in home and facility options. In home is most common. If a Veteran qualifies for hospice in home hospice is provided either by VA (less common) or via Community Care to a local hospice agency.

Any Veteran eligible for healthcare and deemed to need end of life care in a nursing facility can get Community Nursing Home (CNH) benefits.

Godholio
Aug 28, 2002

Does a bear split in the woods near Zheleznogorsk?

Loden Taylor posted:


Every sound except pure sine tones has overtones that shoot up way up past 8 kHz, and it's the overtones that give a sound its identifiable timbre. So if you've lost a lot of your high end, everything will sound slightly muted and duller, like you've applied a low pass filter to it. Meanwhile, the test will say you don't even qualify for high frequency hearing loss, because you're still good up to 8 kHz. It's bullshit, but they're only really concerned with you being able to hear well enough to communicate.

That's probably what it is. The list the frequencies they care about, and yeah it's all below 8. But I absolutely have a hard time on phone calls and in conversations at times. I don't even bother listening to music anymore, it's just mush.

nullandvoid
Mar 7, 2006

Look, the Mona Lisa's not a better painting, it's merely a more famous one, and it was made more famous because it was stolen. And this was stolen, so...

Godholio posted:

That's probably what it is. The list the frequencies they care about, and yeah it's all below 8. But I absolutely have a hard time on phone calls and in conversations at times. I don't even bother listening to music anymore, it's just mush.

I don't know if it's of any help, but consider that cell phones truncate extremely high and extremely low frequencies. Sounds like Ch, K, Th, S, etc., begin with high frequency sounds that are usually not able to be passed through a phone conversation. If you're like me you're more reliant on being able to see the lips make shapes to help determine the sound if you have any kind of partial hearing loss.

nwin
Feb 25, 2002

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I loving love our organizations take on mental health.

Now itís all about being open and getting stuff taken care of so I tried myÖfourth or fifth therapist since Iíve been in. We had a good relationship for a few months and then work got in the way and I missed an appointment. I called after to apologize and she said no problem, then slapped me with a $100 bill that Tricare wonít cover since I failed to show up to a virtual session.

I asked her about waiving it and she said no-itís her companyís policy and she believes in it.

So Iíll go to Tricare and try to waive it but I told her to cancel any future appointments. Half the reason Iím seeing her is for stress and anxiety and I donít need to worry about paying $100 if work gets in the way of my counseling session.

gently caress this poo poo.

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Mr. Nice!
Oct 13, 2005

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Update on the Rudisill case - the VA is still working on guidance and will be taking affirmative steps to identify people who should be eligible to use another 12 months of ch 30 after their ch 33 benefits have been exhausted. The big thing the person I spoke to in Muskogee emphasized is the break in service whether it's from re-enlistment or whatever. I'll post more whenever guidance actually drops.

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