Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Yes Always...

Took Dad to his 6 month checkup at the VA clinic up North today.  After all the horror stories I have been reading, I must say it was a bit of a shock to find it a great experience.
We got there early, and they took dad right in. He was treated with nothing but kindness during the whole process.  His Doc is young, smart as a whip, and funny.  Dad loves him! The nurses were young, professional, and took dad's putting the make on them with laughter and kindness.
Dad had to have lab work done, and I thought that part would be difficult & lengthy. Not so, it is setup in a system that works, swiftly and efficiently, and again with friendliness.
I had a bunch of lab work done recently at a chain lab. It was a nightmare of crazy people, impatient staff, and hurry up and wait, and wait. One of those times when I would have felt much easier had the little Sig been with me.
There where a lot of patients at the VA clinic today. There were no crazies. Everyone, from other patients to staff where friendly and helpful. 
As we were leaving I asked dad if it was always like that. He looked at me and said "Yes, it's always like that. Now, I'd like to go play a couple of hands of poker at the casino before you take me home. I cleaned'm out on my computer (poker game) last night."


  1. Your dad sounds like a real treasure!

  2. The VA has always been very much of a mixed bag. Some locations work well, great staff, etc. Nationwide, there have been over 1,000 deaths due to neglect. My experience was less than positive, which is why I don't go there.

  3. It depends on where you go I guess. I hear the one near me is great too. Maybe I'll find out one day.

  4. I have taken guy friends to the VA several times in different states and it has always been a pleasant experience. I was afraid they had slipped a lot in the years after the recent awful publicity and was pleased that you had such a great experience with your Dad.
    Hope he did well at the casino.

  5. GRANNYMAR: He is, and has a fighter pilot mentality.

    LL: Sorry you didn't have a good experience. One is too many to lose.

    ODIE: As LL said, it seems to depend on which one you go to. They all "should" be great!

    ARKANSAS PATTI: Good to know this is not the only one. I think he's been there before...the dealer, pit boss,& cocktail waitress called him by his nickname...