“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.
After an extremely frustrating visit for an ultrasound at the Centri Clinical Laboratory in San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras, my asawa and I took a banca boat to nearby Panay Island. Thanks to a tip from British expat Keith, who also lives on our island province, I resolved to check out a new healthcare clinic. I am delighted to proclaim that Statlab in Iloilo City got the job done. I was able to receive new ultrasound results for a recent kidney stone attack.
My asawa waiting at the Statlab Counter in Iloilo City
If this were a website where more colorful language was allowed, the title for this post would certainly not have read “The Great Guimaras Ultrasound Gaffe.” But you can bet there were some phrases I uttered this past Saturday at a local laboratory that cannot be repeated on this site or in front of any nuns or preachers of the Gospel. Merchant marines? Yeah, no problem.
My asawa woke up with the fish bone still stuck in her throat. Last post told the story of how my spouse, after 47 years of eating fish, had managed to swallow a bone the day before that refused to be dislodged. I advised her that we were going to the doctor this morning, and refusing to go was NOT an option. At times I have to put on my macho facade and insist on my instructions being followed. This was one of those instances.
Healthy eating can occasionally have adverse side effects. Just ask my asawa. It was laundry day. Our hot laundry lady had finished the wash and was on her way home after eating the fish and rice meal my spouse had prepared. My wife, who insists on sitting outside and assisting our helper, was finishing her late lunch. I went into the duwende-sized kitchen where she sat at our duwende-sized kitchen table set from Manduaue Foam. She had a particularly nasty look on her face.
Sharwen will be 13 next week. He's our nephew that lived with us in Guimaras along with his older sister, Shaina, 14, and both have recently moved in with us at our home outside of Iloilo City per their mother, Marjorie's, request. Marjorie has been working as a domestic helper in Kuwait and wanted her children to live with their Tita and Tito (aunt and uncle.)
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.