The search continues for the cause of my spouse’s stomach ailment in the Philippines. We retired to Guimaras, our island province home in Western Visayas over eight years ago. While my asawa has suffered from dengue fever and pneumonia since moving back to her home country, she’s never had to visit an emergency room for a stomach ailment until recently.
“Diagnosis Still Unknown: Iloilo Statlab Results.” A previous post dealt with my asawa’s recent visit to our local emergency room in Guimaras. The provincial hospital on our island province is ill-equipped to handle major medical emergencies. It doesn’t even possess a working ultrasound machine.
Fever. Exhaustion. Severe muscle and joint pain. Rash. I had classic dengue fever symptoms. The other night as I covered myself with a bed sheet to try and catch some shuteye, I instantly felt a severe itching crawling all over my body. I was hot. I had been exhausted for over a week, not even able to carry out my daily routine of walking for one hour each morning. I took an antihistamine and dozed off, only to awaken multiple times that evening. The next day, my skin, even more inflamed, my eyes red, my dengue fever scare in the Philippines hit the crisis mode. My asawa and I rushed off to the Guimaras Provincial Hospital’s Emergency room. Our local driver NoNo, who was still at home as we made our way to the local trike stand, quickly pulled a shirt on and delivered us to the health care facility in minutes.
Kidney stones. I would rather have all my teeth pulled without Novocaine than go through another kidney stone attack like the one I recently endured. My wife and I were on our way for our outpatient visit at Guimaras provincial hospital. We didn’t arrive until 9 am since I was extremely groggy from a sleeping pill I “borrowed” from my father-in-law to help me sleep through the severe pain on my right side, a common kidney stone side effect. Lolo, my father-in-law, has severe dementia and needs medication to help him sleep. (Thanks to Murray the Kiwi for supplying my father-in-law with a year’s supply of medications.)
The helpful nursing staff at the outpatient department included a foreigner from Ohio
I was sitting in the emergency room at our provincial hospital in Guimaras, where my asawa had accompanied me on a return trip to determine the severe pain I was experiencing. From past experience, I had no doubt that it was another kidney stone attack, as I had suffered one four years ago. Many people that have kidney stones have a recurrence of them within seven years unless they take preventive actions. I didn’t. A lack of drinking water every day and excessive sweating, which I do a lot of in this tropical climate in the Philippines, surely contributed to this recent attack.
My Healthcare Reimbursement Account (HRA) with AT&T is helping to pay our medical costs in the Philippines. Just got reimbursed for a recent ultrasound and blood test that my asawa had in a healthcare clinic in Guimaras. Funny thing is that I didn’t know I had this option available to me until last year when I was checking on some information on an unrelated issue with my benefits department. Got to talking with the helpful employee about moving to the Philippines and being married to a Filipina. Turns out the lady I was speaking to was a Japanese American and when checking out my account asked me if I knew I qualified for an HRA. “What’s that?” I asked.
With the recent events concerning my asawa’s health, an ECG, ultrasound and blood test were in order. We’ll be visiting our healthcare clinic in Guimaras where we are able to save on our medical costs versus taking the pump boat to nearby Iloilo City where the needed procedures are somewhat higher. My spouse did work outdoors all day yesterday at a new guest house to be opened on our island (more on that later.) She seemed to be fine, and I made sure she kept hydrated, though in the afternoon, I demanded (something I don’t often to) that she take a break. Her face was extremely red after burning some yard waste and inhaling smoke. She said she was fine and after a few minutes of rest her complexion regained it’s normal color.
Been writing some posts recently about medical costs in the Philippines. My asawa and I visited Mercury Drug in Iloilo City last week, and she was able to purchase her medicine that will shrink a small kidney stone that was revealed in an ultrasound she had done in a healthcare clinic in Guimaras. We saved over 400 pesos (9.17 US Dollars) from the previous quote from a different pharmacy we had went to. I convinced her to finally use the money that had been set aside for our annual fiesta which was held yesterday since the majority of the funds had already been used to help pay for her uncle's funeral costs. However, after our morning walk yesterday, it looks like my spouse will need a return visit to her general practitioner, Dr. Jacobo. She almost collapsed to the ground after suffering some chest pains.
Decided to visit one of the Generics Pharmacy in nearby Iloilo. Mindanao Bob had recommended checking out this chain of drugstores in the Philippines which can offer up to 80-90% savings from other outlets. Anytime we can reduce our medical costs is something we always want to investigate. My asawa had recently had an ultrasound and blood test done at a local healthcare clinic in Guimaras, and we discovered we were able to save a substantial sum by having the tests performed in our local province instead of taking the pump boat to Iloilo City and having the local hospitals perform the procedures.