Man that stinks, I'm sorry to hear that you're going to have to travel to see a Rheumy. We used to be stationed at Travis AFB near Vacaville, CA. However, at that time the air base had a major medical center and I used it instead of the Doctors out on the economy.
My sister in law and her husband are Doctor's in Redding. I'll send her an email and see if either of them can give me a recommendation for a good Rheumy for you. I can't make any promises, but I'll try to get a name for you.
I feel the exact same way you do about the medical readiness in the rural areas. I believe Bill would like to move closer to his parents, but they live in a small town in KY. There isn't a medical center close enough to provide the services that I need. We are reluctant to even think about moving away from where we are at for the moment.
I guess until I see how the Obamacare affects the military system, we'll stay put. Plus, our daughter still has 1 1/2 years to go till graduation. Once we're sure she's good to go, maybe we'll consider moving westward.
I hope that you find a Dr that you'll be happy with and that will treat you well. I'll be praying for you and I'll email you if I get a name. I hope you're feeling okay and having a good weekend.
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