Here's an update:
We discovered last night my husband went to high school with two girls who were diagnosed with an AN, and both treated at USC with Dr. Friedman. My husband instantly connected with them, and we learned that one of them works with Dr. Friedman. I spoke with her and Dr. Friedman today. What a relief!
Tomorrow I will see my primary care doctor at Randolph AFB and cry, beg, and cry some more for him to put the referral in for USC. Then, I am headed to Wilford Hall to cry, beg, and cry some more to get my records. There's lots of tears when dealing with TRICARE. I'll overnight records to USC, pre-register with USC online, and pray that TRICARE accepts the referral.
I'm so ready to have this behind me. Here's a little more of my story-
Ringing in my right ear started last July. I slipped into a minor depression in hopes the ringing, headaches, tingling would go away on their own. School started (I teach third grade), and my mood was better because of the distraction of being back at work. Audiology was done in October, and reflected significant hearing loss on my right side. ENT ordered MRI December 6th. Got the call December 10th I had a 1.8 cm AN compressing on the brain. It was nice to know I wasn't crazy!
I had my first consult with an ENT surgeon at San Antonio Military Medical Center January 7th. He explained treatment options, and put my referral in for the radiology oncologist. Met with her about a week later. Explained the radiation treatment she could offer. Then, I had to wait for the referral to go through again to see the neurosurgeon at SAMMC. Finally saw him February 12, and he scheduled me for surgery March 24. The most experienced military surgeon at SAMMC retires in April, and he wanted to work with him, and I wanted this thing gone.
It wasn't until last night that I spoke to my husband's aunt, and learned two girls from his hometown that he went to HS with were diagnosed, and went to Dr. Friedman for care. Those events unfolded in about 30 minutes before we had contact with both girls. It happened so fast that it just seemed like a miracle. It is a small world!
Tears of joy and relief accompanied me this morning as I thought about spending Friday at the hospital to align the best care.
TRICARE can be such a huge pain, but I am going to push, and hope for the best!
Thank you all for the support ....