Since retiring to the Philippines over five years ago, I’ve had three major kidney stone attacks. The archipelago’s tropical climate puts a person at greater risk for kidney stone formation due to the way our bodies manage water in a tropical setting. Perspiration becomes the customary way of how the body excretes water in tropical climates. Urination may slightly decrease due to urine being stored longer in the urinary tract. I wasn’t keeping myself hydrated enough before my attacks but now drink 2-3 liters of water daily. My latest ultrasound in the Philippines now reveals no more kidney stones and, as an added bonus, a healthy liver. I had been previously diagnosed with fatty liver disease back in July.
My recent two dollar emergency room visit to the Guimaras provincial hospital the Saturday I was to leave for America to visit my Dad in Las Vegas was prompted by another kidney stone attack. Back in July, I had been forced to go the local healthcare facility on a Sunday night where a subsequent ultrasound revealed I had seven stones. A follow up ultrasound done last August, revealed three kidney stones, .4 centimeters in diameter, still remained.
Discovered an interesting booth in the Manggahan Agri-Trade Fair held in Guimaras in conjunction with their annual mango festival. It was early Sunday afternoon and I had left my asawa and her relatives behind at our home in “The Compound.” Sent a text message to the “Tom Cat” earlier, my American expat friend, who has been living in the Philippines for the past two years, to see if he could join me. Tom lives in San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras, where my wife had a home built over a decade ago.