digicashceo wrote:Hello everyone! My name is Chris! 47 years old, dad and granddad, Navy veteran. I haven't been formally diagnosed with ED but I have been diagnosed with hypertension and type 2. Speaking with my doc at the VA he said that could contribute to the "lack of excitement" down there, lol! Glad to be here and looking forward to learning.
Welcome to the forum, Chris and thank you for serving. My Dad enlisted in the Navy in 1939 and served aboard a Cruiser in WWII and for a total of 22 years. I served in the Air Force myself. Now, the V.A. has been very good for me, as a disabled Veteran.
My advice: Get educated as much as you can. My Primary Care Physician became my ally in authorizing treatment for E.D. with medications and then skipping the VED and injections and getting an implant. He once remarked, "You know more about ED and implants than I do." I found my very excellent surgeon because a V.A. Nurse/travel agent (with whom I shared details of my quest for treatment, even though it was unnecessary) told me of Dr. Shaw who was recently assigned to the local Air Force Base Hospital. (She had not been supportive at first, but became my ally eventually. That is a lesson of advice for you if you meet resistance from the VA at any point.)
Take notes. Remember everybody's name (people respond well to someone who recognizes them and their humanity). Send thank-you notes to those people's supervisors. Thank them by name when hanging up. Even if they were no help, they did give of their time and will remember that you were polite. That carries weight with most people for the next time you call.
Good luck and smooth sailing!