The Filipina Fish Bone Fiasco Finale

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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 instancesDSC

I had hopes of getting to the doctor's office fairly early in the morning. The plan was to visit an EENT at Doctor's Hospital in Iloilo City, Robert Martin B. Barredo. I had visited the medical specialist back in late 2010 for a sinus condition that was causing a toothache. 

So when one hour had already passed as my wife prepared for our trek to the doctor, I stepped outside, expecting her to be finished shortly with her multiple applications of make-up and the choosing of the outfit of the day.

So as I stewed underneath our tarp which protects our hot laundry lady, I finally let out a huge sigh, hoping it would be heard in our back bedroom. No response. I let out another, sigh that is. Still no reaction from my asawa. Finally, in desperation and frustration only known to men that have "significant others," I sarcastically said: "I hope we get there this morning!" 

Finally, a response! "Go ahead by yourself then!" "But I am NOT the one with a fish bone stuck in my throat!" I replied to my asawa, very pleased with my clever retort. 

Amazingly, she did not fly out of the house with a bolo in her hand. She said nothing. A few minutes later we were on our way. Made it to Doctor's Hospital in Iloilo City around 9:30, that's am.

Went up to Dr. Barredo's office and it was closed. Closed for the week.  I remarked to my wife that if we had gone yesterday like I had wanted, we would have been able to see the doctor. She again said nothing. Evidently that stuck fish bone was affecting her vocal cords. 

Decided to check the directory of the healthcare clinic to see if any other EENT's were listed. There were two on the second floor. The first doctor only had clinic hours on Saturday from 1-3 pm. Since today was a Friday, we went to our next choice.

Melita Jesusa Suga T.  Uy,  M.D. was listed on the office door along with the names of a few other eye doctors, not EENTs. We went inside and asked the receptionist, Hershey (in the center on the next photo with Lenny,  also on staff; that's my asawa on the right), if the doctor was in. DSC

The doctor would be in at 10:30. Only an hour wait. In the Philippines, many healthcare clinics and doctor's offices do not take appointments. It is not uncommon to wait all day for a physician to examine you. 

But when Hershey came out to advise us the doctor was performing a surgery and wouldn't be in until noon, I knew we were in for a long wait. 

"What did I want to do?" my asawa asked, knowing her impatient American expat husband was already tired of waiting. "What can I do?" I replied. "We'll wait."  So I sat and fumed. 

Noon passed with no sign of the doctor. My asawa went into the office to find out the latest status. Now,  "the doctor was on her way." I've heard that one before.  That's right up there with "the check's in the mail," and "I'll respect you in the morning."

When Hershey came out 30 minutes later and told everyone waiting  to go to the canteen and have lunch, my mood darkened even more. As my asawa knows, my patience is by no means unlimited. But the fish bone remained stuck in her throat so we continued to wait. DSC

I passed the time watching some of the most attractive women in Iloilo City pass through the corridors of the health care clinic. I'm talking about the pretty pinay pharmaceutical reps. Around 1:35 I saw one enter the doctor's office. A minute later my asawa was called in. Turns out the Filipina I had mistaken for a sales rep was actually the doctor!

Five seconds later she, well, fished out the fish bone as seen in the lead photo for this story. My wife remarked how young the doctor is and later told me she is quite pretty. She is both. The doctor graciously posed with my own beautiful asawa in the next photo.  Guys, she's married. And her age? I asked. She's 36. Looks in her early twenties to me.DSC

She apologized for the delay. Turns out she had three surgeries in a row to perform. I was so grateful that she took care of the fish bone problem, and that my wife was fine now. If you're ever in Iloilo City and need the services of a very competent EENT and don't mind looking at a very pretty pinay such as the doctor, I highly recommend her. The wait? You get used to it. Even if you're an old geezer like me. 

(Hershey and Lenny have advised me that they are single and would like to meet some single guys out there.  Very nice ladies.)

Author: The Kano

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.

23 thoughts on “The Filipina Fish Bone Fiasco Finale

  1. Holy Doctor Batman….where do I sign up for health care from her????

    Did I really say that? I guess I am an DOM. Sorry.

    Glad your wife is better. I hate fish bones!!!!!!!!

    1. Gary, I completely understand your reaction. “Cough, cough!” Hmmmm, seems I might be coming down with a throat infection that might require a visit to our new EENT. 😀

      1. Doctor doctor, it hurts when I do that.
        Well don’t do that anymore!!!!!!!

        The last female doctor I went to here in Tagum City held my hand a lot, a lot. She was older than me and wow was she ever good looking!!! Meriam was sitting next to me so I was a good boy.

        1. “Cough, cough,” my throat is getting really scratchy now, Gary. Maybe our new doc will hold my hand, too. But I can assure you that my asawa will be sitting next to me, also.

  2. Whoa, Dave, she is really a pretty cute doctor. You’re correct, she looks like in her 20’s. Thanks for recommending her, I’ll look for her in case I need an EENT during my vacation in Iloilo. I need to have a new eyeglasses any how. Thanks Dave.

  3. If she was single, I’m on the first flight tomorrow.

    I’m blind, slightly deaf, got sinus and about to eat fish. I need to check her out, I mean, she needs to check me out. 🙂

    EJ
    Houston, TX

  4. Hi Dave,

    I hate the small fish eaten here. No, I should re-phrase that – I hate the small bones in the small fish. I’ve had many types of Pulutan with fish (small ones in various sizes) and I can’t get over the feeling that I am going to choke. I like the BIG fish where you can see the bones and remove them.
    Good story. Nice doctors! Love your stories even though I don’t comment very often.

    1. I like the bigger fish, too, John. I stay away from those little ones.

      Good to hear from you, I appreciate the kind words. Glad you’re enjoying the good life in the Philippines now, John. Take care.

  5. Dave.

    I think that I need to start eating fish bones (the fish and seafood there is unbeatable) But the flight to there from Tampa is VERY long

    Take Care Always

    Fearless Frank Florida

    P.S. I really miss all you guys & Girls,
    And wish that I had NEVER left !!

  6. Good to hear of the happy ending with the fish bone incident. Sounds like a full day was had by all. The only thing that would make those long waits more tolerable is if they served up cold SMB. 😉 By the way, how did the good DR. get the bone out? Just curious.

    1. The doc put a headlamp on her forehead, saw the bone way done in my asawa’s throat, and reached in with the instrument you see on the first picture. Took all of five seconds, Randy.

  7. Dave,
    This story did not end how I was thinking, completely different. Ok, I have to go now (back to looking at the Dr. photo) Lord how I love the Philippines!!

  8. To-do list:
    1. Buy ticket to the Philippines
    2. Get bone stuck in throat
    3. Go to doctor and introduce myself to the staff.
    4. Ignore item #2

  9. Dave,
    Glad the asawa is doing fine. The Dr is a prime example of alot of Asian woman not showing there true age. She’s just another reason i’m looking forward to visiting Iloilo. Take care.

    1. Thanks, Papa, the doc said the same thing about Asian women. Make sure you have a bad cough or sore throat when you come to Iloilo so you can visit the doc. 😀

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