VA panel co-chair is qualified by just being alive

If there is one thing to be said about the Department of Veterans Affairs medical system, it is that it will keep you on your toes. That is, provided you have toes or can keep those toes after being treated by the VA.

This morning I received notice of my long awaited appointment at the Parkinson’s Clinic in Houston. I’ve waited — more or less — a year for it. This morning I received a letter saying the appointment is on March 14. It is great that my appointment will be sooner than later. The only problem, which no longer exists, was a potential logistical snafu.

You see, I usually take a van provided by the VA and a veterans organization that goes from the Beaumont VA Clinic to Houston and back. That way I don’t burn my gasoline or put wear and tear on the Tacomamobile. Since only three or so vans exist, the seats get taken up quite quickly on a reserved basis. Luckily, one seat was left for me, I was informed after calling this morning.

I am not sure what they will do at the Parkinson’s Clinic to determine whether or not I have Parkinson’s. Maybe they will take me up in NASA’s “Vomit Comet” and see how I react once I return to earth. What that has to do with Parkinson’s is probably nothing, as I just made that up. Nonetheless, I may or may not have peace of mind knowing one way or the other if I do have Parkinson’s. We shall see what we shall see.

From the Funny Department this morning: Read what Prez Gee Dubya says about his bipartisan commission getting to the bottom of the problems in the country’s the military and VA hospital. Apparently co-chair Donna Shalala has what it takes to determine what is wrong with those charged with the health care of our veterans. According to Bushie, Shalala:

” … lived after eight years in President Clinton’s administration, she knows what to look for, she knows the questions to ask.”

I suppose the prez meant that contrary to Vince Foster who neither lived nor served that long under Clinton’s administration. Freudian slip? Or by Victoria’s Secret camisole? We report. You scratch your head and say: “Huh?”

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