Thanks to all that left comments on my previous posts. I appreciate the kind remarks. I am taking medication for the kidney stones, and The Sainted Patient Wife is forcing me to drink gallons of water and has banned my caffeinated sodas. I am being pressured to eat healthy meals of vegetables and fruits.
The kidney stones have not caused me any more discomfort yet. The doctor says they should just be flushed out when I pee. The situation with my stomach polyp does concern me. The doctor will monitor it, but surgery may be necessary to remove it. The final cost of my hospital bill ran around 325 USD, and my medications are about 100 USD. The same care would have cost thousands in the States.
The hospital does honor Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which is the insurance we have, but our new medical cards had not been mailed to us yet. When I called Blue Cross last week, they had not found me in the system. Called this morning, and SPW and I are now in their system, and working on getting our insurance cards mailed to us. Called the insurance rep at the Iloilo hospital, and she is going to submit a claim. It will take months before we see any reimbursement.
The hospital in Iloilo would not admit us unless we paid 10,000 pesos (over 200 USD) upfront. I have heard that is a common practice here, and since that was the hospital my surgeon is affiliated with, I had no choice. The bill HAS to paid in full before you are released from the hospital, and you have to show a special clearance paper to armed guards at the hospital exit before you can leave.
We do not have that much extra cash. After feeding the crew at “The Compound” and paying our bills we were almost wiped out for the month.Our savings were depleted after paying for the construction costs here at “The Compound” and for my mother-in-law’s hospital bill last year for her stroke.
My father-in-law still had some money left from a recent sale of his carabao, but we were still about 5,000 pesos short for the deposit. My sister-in-law Alida called one of our local relatives, Dennis, a policeman; he sent a driver over to the hospital in Guimaras with 5000 pesos. We have money in our retirement account, but that is locked in for another 4 1/2 years because of United States tax laws. We get a fixed monthly amount. The plan was to set aside money each month for savings, but that has not worked out. In another four years we will be able to double our monthly income, but are restricted by what we can do now.
I’m just trying to raise enough money so we can pay my relatives back so I have a donation button on the right sidebar; all donations are done through a secure PayPal site. We could not purchase all the medicine I need for my kidney stones. Got about a week’s supply left. Have to wait about two weeks for our next retirement deposit. We are the only means of support for12 relatives that live with us, but my brother-in-law that lives here might be going to Algeria to work as a security guard, and my sister-in-law Marjorie, whose two children we feed and clothe, is heading for Kuwait.
The twins will be with their Mom and going to college in Manila, leaving in early April.We should be able to set aside some money every month for future emergencies in the near future. Thanks for your support and for your concern!
POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO."
Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor."
Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world.
They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao.
"Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.
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Greetings from Guimaras! They call me “The Kano.” Along with my lovely Filipina spouse, “The Sainted Patient Wife,” we moved to the Philippines in 2009. I had spent almost 30 years with AT&T and retired at the age of 57. I was ready for a change.