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A Veteran Is Left With No Options After A Botched Surgery Left Her Paralyzed And The VA Won’t Cover Care Costs

We have always assumed that once you join the U.S. military, they’re supposed to have your back for life, aren’t they? They pay for college. They’re supposed to help you become a citizen. They’re supposed to help you always whether that is physically or mentally. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is there to support servicemen and servicewomen during their time in the military and when they retire. We are learning, however, that is not always the case. The government is definitely not helping men and women become citizens despite their service for the United States.  And the VA doesn’t help like they’re supposed to, in fact, they sometimes make the situation worse. 

A 29-year-old woman who had corrective surgery at VA hospital, ended up paralyzed. She can’t sue them for malpractice because it wasn’t a civilian hospital.

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This story is insane because it’s almost as if anything Barbara Ospina did worked against her. In 2013, the 29-year-old was serving her country as a public affairs non-commissioned officer for Fifth Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, Kentucky — so technically not the front lines of war. She began to experience “headaches, tingling, and numbness in her limbs, and blurred vision,” the Daily Mail reports. So she decided to have corrective surgery. Instead of making her feel better, they caused her to have a stroke and left her paralyzed. We must note that these are all allegations at this point. 

The VA hospital where she was treated, informed her that she had a rare disease and that’s why she had ended up paralyzed. But that is not the truth, or so Ospina claims.

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“The VA is claiming Barb’s condition is the result of ‘an Illness or Medical Condition,’ specifically Arnold Chiari 1 Malformation, and not from an ‘injury,’ “her husband said in a letter to appeal the VA denial. “Her current condition is due to INJURIES sustained from medical malpractice that occurred by a military Neurosurgeon, military nurses, and the overall horrible care she received at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.”

One of the biggest problems about this tragic story is that the retired military officer (a wife and mother) cannot sue the VA for malpractice. If she had done the corrective surgery in a regular hospital, then she could have sued but because it is the VA, she cannot. It’s so unfair. According to the Military Times, “the Feres Doctrine, a 1950 Supreme Court decision, prevents her from suing the Defense Department for service-connected illness or injury.”

To make matters even worse, she can’t receive financial help — about $30,000 — from the VA for a nurse to take care of her at home. She must pay for the service herself, which is taken from her disability check. 

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Why won’t the VA provide for a nurse? Here’s the kicker: because her injuries weren’t caused ‘in the line of duty in the active military.” Can you imagine that? The injuries she is suffering from, that were obtained from a government agency will not pay for her to get help because she didn’t get hurt in the line of duty. That is some kind of bull crap.  

“Her story represents the egregious conduct, consistent lack of care and malpractice at the hands of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,” her attorney, Natalie Khawam of the Tampa, Florida- and D.C.-based Whistleblower Law Firm told Military Times on Tuesday. “This case is an example of how flawed the system is, and why it’s time for a change,” she added. Um, ya think?

This story is so sad and appalling and it makes you wonder why anyone would want to join the military knowing that they could leave you to fend for yourself even when you can’t even move.

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While it’s so good that Ospina has her husband and lawyers to count on, it’s so tragic that she cannot be her own champion because she’s in constant pain. She’s paralyzed, unable to be with her young son or her husband and have a life of constant care. All of this could have been prevented. Her life didn’t have to end up this way, and her employer — the U.S. government — should have done more for her care and for her life. We hope the Ospina family continues to try to sue them. 

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Cardi B Says She Has A Secret Concoction To Stop Her Period So She Could Have Sex With Offset

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Cardi B Says She Has A Secret Concoction To Stop Her Period So She Could Have Sex With Offset

Cardi B interviews never disappoint. The Invasion of Privacy artist appeared on Untold Stories of Hip Hop where she dished to iconic The Bronx DJ and host Angie Martinez about some of her and Offset’s “untold stories” (insert wink emoji here). 

The rapper revealed she used a strange concoction to stop her period from coming so she could sleep with Offset early in their courtship. At the time, Cardi was convinced that if she didn’t sleep with him he would lose interest. 

With the clock ticking Sister Period showed up at the most inopportune time, the always resourceful Cardi, or should I say “Dr. Cardi,” came up with a plan to delay her menstruation. But does her recipe really work? 

Some Untold Stories of Hip Hop should go untold

Cardi B built her following by sharing captivating Instagram stories about her life as a stripper. The Carribean rapper from The Bronx was funny, real, and raw. It never felt like she was holding back, and even as she has garnered mainstream success her level of openness hasn’t changed. 

When she appeared on WEtv’s first episode of Untold Stories of Hip Hop, she shared a gasp-worthy story with legendary radio personality and host Angie Martinez. 

The “Money” rapper told Martinez about a little incident that happened when she first began dating Offset. 

“I really wanted to impress him. I [hadn’t] spoke to him in three days and I don’t feel like he liked me as much. I’m trying to impress him and everything, then I got my period,” Cardi recalled. 

She wanted to keep Offset interested and she knew what every person knows about how to keep a man interested. Cardi was ready to smash, but she wasn’t into period sex.

“Damn, I ain’t gonna see [Offset] in another week ’cause I got a crazy schedule but I don’t wanna leave him dry,” the rappers said. 

That’s what she came up with the plan to stop her period using a household recipe. It was simple: two ibuprofens and some gelatin. 

“I drunk like two ibuprofens and I drunk gelatin and that stopped my period,” she said. “It’s like nonflavored Jello. It was so disgusting.” 

Cardi believes this worked. So I only have one question: does it work, Mr. Internet? Here’s what I found.

Does eating gelatin stop or delay your period?

Using gelatin to delay menstruation is so popular I was able to find multiple articles on the matter, all of which to say there is absolutely no scientific evidence to back this method up. It is merely an anecdotal old wives’ tale that likely won’t cause you any harm but probably won’t work. 

According to Healthline, dissolving gelatin in warm water and drinking is believed to be able to delay your period for about four hours. 

“It’s unclear why gelatin is promoted as a natural way to delay the start of your period, and there’s no research to support it. Drinking large amounts of gelatin may have some side effects, such as bloating or digestive distress,” Kimberly Holland wrote. 

Does taking ibuprofen stop or delay your period? 

There is slightly more of a medical basis to the presumption that anti-inflammatory products like ibuprofen and NSAIDs can delay menstruation. Anti-inflammatories reduce the production of prostaglandins which are the chemicals that cause the uterus to contract and shed the endometrium, or uterine lining, every month. 

 These products may be able to delay your period for a day or two, however, the amount required is far above the recommended dose. 

“Stopping a period would require a higher dose than any over-the-counter bottle recommends: about 800 milligrams of ibuprofen, every six hours, or 500 milligrams of naproxen, three times a day. This would have to be done very regularly,” according to Cleveland Clinic. Thus, we cannot emphasis this enough: do not try this at home. 

This isn’t the first time Cardi shared details about her sex life.

Cardi B has extensively spoken about her sex life with her husband Offset. When they announced their divorce, that never happened and many believe to be a PR stunt, Cardi talked about how much she missed Offset’s penis. 

“My gag reflexes are leaving cause I haven’t suck d— in such a long ass time. I miss D,” Cardi said of Offset’s penis while the two were split (or pretending to be split). “Big, fat, black, and heavy. I miss it.” 

She then went on to describe her desire to be demolished by it. During her pregnancy, Cardi lamented the countdown until she could have sex again. 

“I wanna have sex but I [lose] my breath soo fast,” she tweeted during her pregnancy in 2018. 

Cardi B might be a great rapper and your new sex-positive role model, but please do not conduct experiments on yourself without your doctor’s approval. 

America’s First Latina Fighter Pilot Was Rejected Twice Before The U.S. Air Force Accepted Her

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America’s First Latina Fighter Pilot Was Rejected Twice Before The U.S. Air Force Accepted Her

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Before Olga E. Custodio became the first Latina Air Force pilot, she faced a slew of rejections in life for being a Puerto Rican woman. Even though she was an enrolled college student at just 16 years old, her application to join ROTC was rejected because she was a woman. She always knew she wanted to become a pilot, and worked in aviation in any capacity she could–even in accounting for Puerto Rico’s International Airline. She applied to the U.S. Air force three times before she was accepted.

When she finally was accepted into the training program, Custodio’s father, a military vet, called the governor of Puerto Rico himself to tell him the news.

Olga E. Custodio’s family moved so often, she went to schools in Taiwan, Iran, and Paraguay.

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Her father was a sergeant in the United States Army, which meant that Custodio grew up as a ‘military brat.’ The whole family would relocate as her father was assigned to different military stations around the world. “I started kindergarten and 1st grade in Taiwan,” Custodio told Fox News Latino. “From there we moved to New Jersey, followed by a move to Iran then Paraguay before my father retired. I saw the world before I was 15 years old. I liked the feeling of being in the air.”

Custodio was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and their family returned to the island when she was 15 years old. She graduated high school a year later.

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She was immediately accepted into the University of Puerto Rico, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree at a young age. She applied to join the ROTC program at the University but was rejected for being a woman. Only men were admitted into the program at the time. 

“Why aren’t the women leading?” Custodio asked herself at every job before entering the military.

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She worked a lot of different jobs, and at every one of them, she told the Daily Mail, “I always saw men in the leadership roles. I asked myself: “Why aren’t the women leading? I could lead that!” She met her now-husband, Edward Custodio, and had two children. 

Custodio applied to become an Air Force officer three times before she was accepted.

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“When my daughter was three years old, I had all the DoD regulations available to me,” Custodio told Fox. “I knew the rules and applied to be an officer for the third time.” Custodio brought her husband and marched into the Headquarters for the Air Force Military Personnel Center to apply to the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School. She was accepted. There, she talked to a sergeant who asked her to name three career choices she would like to have for herself. “I told him I would be a pilot, a pilot and a pilot,” she told Fox.

It took her two years of training to become the first Latina to complete the U.S. Air Force military pilot training program.

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She first had to complete the Flight Screening Pilot Officer Training program before she could enter the Officer Training School. There, she was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Finally, that qualified her for Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas. A year later, she graduated, making her the first Latina to complete the U.S. Air Force military pilot training.

Her first assignment was also historic–she was the first female flight instructor at her base.

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At that base, she trained others to fly the Northrop T-38 Talon, which is a two-seat supersonic jet trainer. Custodio was actually awarded an Aviation Safety Award during her time as an instructor after she safely landed a plane that had been compromised after a bird flew into the jet’s engine during bad weather. 

Custodio served our country for 23 years and 10 months before retiring.

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She retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in October 2003, after spending the bulk of her career teaching others how to be effective Air Force pilots. Today, she says she flies for free and for fun. When her friends who own planes ask her to take them for a ride, she happily accepts.

“My mantra is ‘Querer es poder,'” she said.

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“I believe everyone has the potential to do it. They just have to believe in themselves enough to actually do it,” she tells Fox. She also said that she “was not out to prove anything.” She didn’t even know she was “the first anything.” She worked hard for herself and her family, and the accolades followed.

Today, she runs a documentary production company in San Antonio, Texas.

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She is also the Vice President of the Hispanic Association of Aviation and Aerospace Professionals (HAAAP). The organization takes young Latinos in the San Antonio area into the cockpit and into control towers to offer more opportunities for growth in the field. Oh, and she also directs a Puerto Rican folk dance group, just for fun.

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