Another Lesson in Refugeedom!
Bienvenido, loyal reader! Please join Bruce and Mary during this stressful getaway week. As usual for those of you who prefer to view these posts from the blogsite, please click here.
The owners are coming down this week and we are heading back to MN and the stress of getting this monster house is increased by the fact that the property mgrs, good people that they are, tend to always do projects that have been on the “punch list” for months or even years are always done at literally the last hour. On top of this my left leg has been nagging me, the one that I had trouble with a year ago. I thought it was a matter of a combination of my warranty getting close to running out and hitting the cardio a little too hard but when I laid off the cardio the problem persisted, so I emailed my virtual doc, sis-in-law Lynn about the problem. I was wondering if this thing would turn into what happened last year what the repercussions would be state-side. Well she quickly got back to me in a strongly worded email telling me that a $500 drug test with a positive reading would leave to a $1500 Doppler ultrasound (for one leg, only) and don’t travel that way, get in! Well it is Thursday and we fly out tomorrow! So I hop on the phone and call my guy, vascular surgeon, Dr. Gerardo Peon and of course he picks right on his cell and says, “Can you come here at 4:00?” “I’ll be there!”
Dr. Peon is explaining to us that my problem is that my saphenous vein is shot, the valves don’t work from the groin to my knee. The condition isn’t urgent and not uncommon (at this point I say, “So I’m not that special” to which he responds, “Oh, you are special but your veins are not”)В but something needs to be done soon. He goes on to explain that If I ignore it I am very likely inviting DVT, a real killer. Now, I’m really not afraid of dying but the possible cost of it scares the crap out of me, so cheap sucker that I am I ask, “How much?” He tells me it should run, in total, about 40,000P, about $3200. Ok, we’ll get that done when we get back.
Dr. Peon is writing a script for me for an anti-inflammatory for the phlebitis and he gives me free sample for an anti-coagulant for our upcoming flights.
Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. Once again Bruce and Mary are reminded that they are medical refugees, at least until Medicare age. But it’s pretty hard to complain about living in paradise! Hasta proximo Domingo.