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They Called Me the Fat Americano

Drugstore in the Philippines The Generics Pharmacy

My asawa went to our local Generics Pharmacy in Guimaras a few weeks ago to buy me some pain medication. I’ve stopped by our local drug outlet on occasion to pick up various medicines for the family. Being a friendly American expat in the Philippines, for the most part, I usually chat with the locals when I go out in public. When my wife made her aforementioned run to the drug dealers and told the two  female employees working the counter  that she was getting the medication for her husband, they both remembered me and called me the fat Americano.

Drugstore in the Philippines - The Generics Pharmacy


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Outtakes at Outpatient Services at Guimaras Provincial Hospital

My asawa gets her blood pressure checked

While waiting at the Guimaras Provincial Hospital for over four hours last week, I had plenty of time to take some candid shots with my Samsung Galaxy Tablet and include these pictures in my outtakes at outpatient services. Even though I’ve been in the Philippines for over five years now, I still have a problem waiting for any long period of time. And to me, sticking around over four hours to see a doctor fits that category. But since the visit was free, I didn’t complain that much until the last hour. My asawa gets her blood pressure checked

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The Kano’s Prognosis? Fatty Liver Disease

The Kano’s prognosis? Fatty liver disease. Two weeks when the doctor over at the Centri Clinical Laboratory in Guimaras went over my abdominal ultrasound,  which I had taken as a result of a recent kidney stone attack, I was clueless on what “fatty liver” meant aside from guessing I had fat in my liver. At the time. I was more focused on the doctor’s information about my kidney stones.

Help is on the way

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Philippines Medical Costs & Test Results

the unhappy kano at the guimaras hospital

As I write this post it’s been over a week since my Sunday night kidney stone attack. Thankfully, the medication prescribed to deal with my pain has been working and I haven’t suffered any major discomfort in the past few days. This article will deal with our Philippines medical costs and recent test results.

Red Cross in GuimarasOur local Philippine Red Cross office in Guimaras

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Outpatient Visit at Guimaras Provincial Hospital

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.)

outpatient nursing staff with one foreigner from ohio

  The helpful nursing staff at the outpatient department included a foreigner from Ohio

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A Return Trip to the Emergency Room in Guimaras, the Philippines: Part Two

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.

ambulance leaving guimaras provincial hospital

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Living in the Philippines: Five Year Review

Continuing my “Living in the Philippines: Five Year Review: Part Two” looks at what my pet peeves about the Philippines were during my 3rd Year Review.   Some of the items mentioned in Part One, which dealt with my first year in paradise, popped up in Year Three, namely Filipinos who butt in line and brownouts. By the third year of my retirement in this archipelago, I have evidently adjusted enough to only have two issues that irritate me from two years ago. Truth be told, my asawa can probably give you a whole list of stuff I gripe about, but that’s a whole different post.  The Bonehead & the bank guards

The Bonehead & the bank guards

Hanging out with my MetroBank peeps in Iloilo City during year one

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Pretty Pinays Parade of Photos Lost in Picasa

Sigh. Papa Duck and his Asawa Anne attended the Annual Mutya ng Guimaras, Pearl of Guimaras, beauty pageant, with my spouse and I during the world travelers’ visit to our island province home this past May. We were there for the coronation of the new queen and though I thought we had missed out on the swimsuit competition which was held in April, imagine our delight (well, OK, maybe I shouldn’t include the spouses in “our delight”) when I realized that the fabulous Filipinas would don swimsuits in this final phase of the competition. But, sadly, dear readers, my photo parade of pretty pinays in skimpy outfits got lost in Picasa, Google’s image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos. Here’ s a picture of a poster from the actual swimsuit phase of the contest which I missed.

swimsuit beauties at Manggahan Festival


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