Well it’s done now – we are engaged. Team wanted the smaller diamond for the engagement but I plan to have his wedding ring match mine with the larger diamond. No plans yet for a actual wedding – no gay marriages here in Thailand – just hoping they pass the Civil Partnership Law soon so we can make it official..
Just got a new smart TV and enjoying many movies together at home and getting our mutual calendar setup. So many things to do – especially to plan the future, trips, things we need and want. And here is a shot of his first load of bread made at home. If life together goes and taste as good as the bread came out then we should have a great future.
Just got back from BKK and the second operation for the blocked left kidney artery – 74,000 Baht this time – so far the total bill for 2 stents comes to 169,000 Baht = $4694. Feeling great – scheduled for check up and blood tests to see if everything is going OK next week, should know how well the kidneys are doing then.
Remember that BKK Hospital in Pattaya wanted 1,000,000 Baht for the same thing. —— Please, if you come to Thailand for a medical vacation be sure and check out the Gov’t teaching and training hospitals first – Sriphat in Chiang Mai and Sririaj in BKK . Great service, pricing and quality.
I’ll post more and some photos taken on the trip later.
You may have noticed the new heading for the blog – Meet Teamnoi (TinTin) my better half. TinTin and I will be traveling around Thailand and showing you the best spots to visit when you come here to Thailand.
What a wonderful guy – full of spirit and adventure, presently working on his Masters of Toxicology at a local teaching hospital and he also holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from CMU. He loves traveling, cooking, photography and meeting new people and challenges. I can go on and on.
He will be going with me to BKK for the next operation on the 11th for the left blocked kidney artery and hopefully be able to enjoy a brief vacation in Pattaya before we come back.
As you may be able to tell – I am extremely happy and excited about our new life together. I know you will find the new articles and photos of our trips around Thailand together more colorful and exciting – what else could be expected with such a lovely and charming companion. I hope to get him to write some of the new posts adding his look and feel to the Blog.
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If sex with 3 people is called a threesome and
sex with 2 people is a twosome,
now I understand why they call you handsome!
Doctor asks pregnant prostitute, “Do you know who the father is?”
“For Christ’s sake, if you ate a tin of beans would you know which one made you fart?”
Thanks to Paul’s Sundays Funnies
And thanks to Kevin for this :
A bloke goes to Thailand and brought home a lovely new wife.
A year later his mate at the golf club asks “How’s that lovely wife you picked up in Thailand doing ?”
“She died – rather suddenly.” “Oh, I am sorry – what happened?” “Prostate cancer.”
Thanks Jerry for this great inspiring story.
Tyrone was having trouble in school; his teacher was always yelling at him, “You’re driving me crazy, Tyrone; can’t you learn anything?”
One day Tyrone’s mother came to school to see how he was doing. The teacher told her honestly that her son was simply a disaster, getting very low marks, and that she had never had such an unmotivated and
ignorant boy in her entire teaching career. Tyrone’s mom, shocked at the feedback, withdrew her son from school and moved out of Detroit, relocating to Cleveland.
Twenty Five years later, the teacher was diagnosed with irreversible cardiac disease. Her doctors all strongly advised her to have open heart surgery, which only one surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic could perform. Left with no other options, the teacher decided to have the operation, which was remarkably successful.
When she opened her eyes after the surgery she saw the handsome young doctor who headed her surgical team smiling down at her. She wanted to thank him, but could not talk. Her face started to turn blue, she raised her hand, trying to tell him something, but quickly died. The doctor was shocked, wondering what went wrong so suddenly.
When the doctor turned around to leave the room, he saw Tyrone, now a janitor at the Clinic, had unplugged the life-support equipment in order to plug in his vacuum cleaner.
If you thought that Tyrone had become a heart-surgeon, there is an extremely high likelihood that you will vote for Hillary.
Just got back to Chiang Mai from Bangkok and Pattaya – 1st operation at Siriraj Hospital completed – placed a stent in the right kidney artery and scheduled the operation for the left side on June 4th. After getting on the table it was discovered that both kidney arteries were blocked and the medicine I was taking was actually making things worse. In addition, because of the deterioration of the kidneys, the doctor decided the safest thing to do was one side at a time thereby reducing the use of the defining dye as it is not good for the kidneys either. So we did just the right side this time.
- Private hospital room and operation ( 1 stent)
- Air fare return trip from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
- Longstay hotel – Pattaya – 5 days (included breakfast)
- 4 – taxi trips from Pattaya Longstay hotel to Siriraj hospital
Total cost 106,000 Baht roughly $ 3,000
Next month I’ll have the left side done and the total cost will still be within the 250,000 Baht estimate the hospital gave me. Remember when this all started Bangkok Hospital wanted 800,00 Baht for just one stent and 200,00 for each additional if needed. I will also discuss with the doctor if it would be necessary to stent the artery to my left side which has resulted in different BP readings in both arms – maybe not needed – I hope so – but even if it is recommended the total cost will hover near 300,000 Baht $8,300 3 – STENTS
I have already noticed a great improvement – As I mentioned above we did have to change the BP medicine but it has really dropped now and I feel normal again. My right groin area is really heavily bruised right now – really black. but little or no pain – just a little sore. The operation was painless and quick – 20 min. But I had to lay with my leg straight for 12 hours after the operation to make sure the artery was closed properly. My back hurt more than my groin area – All in all – great success so far and it should be a piece of cake to get the left side done in June.
Something’s fucked up with my phone and I can’t get the photos to d/l – I’ll figure this out later and post them.
In todays modern world its hard to stay connected and safe. Rest assured “Guiding Hands” are there to assist you all day.
click on the image to play the movie – thanks Kevin.
Took a trip to Pattaya with a Chiang Mai friend – Jack – so I could go to the doctor in BKK Siriraj Hospital and see about setting up the dual stent operation. – I thought I would have at least 2-3 months waiting period but they booked it in 2 weeks – May 7th. not even time for me to get all worked up. Don, who lives in Pattaya, said he will go with me Saturday and Charlie will visit me in the hospital on Sunday – booked a private room in the hospital for the operation – it has a TV and sleeping room for guests. Estimated maximum cost expected is only 300,000 Baht. $8,500
Not too many photos – worried about the operation – will post after next week and see how everything is going.
Just had a big earthquake in Burma – nothing felt here.
HAPPY SONGKRAN 2016 HAPPY NEW YEAR And Chiang Mai’s 720 year birthday.
NOT going out to the water fight this year – don’t feel like getting in the fray and particularly getting wet – although the weather has been hovering about 100-106 the last few days – Chiang Mai is the hottest place in Thailand – thank God the humidly is low so its tolerable. So the above photo, which was taken several years ago, but looks very close to what it looked like today at Central Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Center.
Getting ready to go to Bangkok next week and get everything ready for the stent operation.Might as well get it over as I seem to be hovering right at the edge of being able to control the blood pressure with meds – any little thing right now will set it flying up. Seem to be OK for now but that could change next week. So I’m going to drive down to Pattaya for a week and while there go to Siriraj Mahidol Hospital in BKK where I went several years ago and re-schedule the operation, estimated 2-3 mo. from now..
What a eye-opener – for the last 2 weeks my blood pressure soared to the 190-200 level. Went to the doctor and made several attempts to get it down – but to no avail – Damn – looks like a operation is in my future. He did question whether I was watching my salt intake – I was limiting my diet to eating only fish with stirred fried kale and salads. ??? healthy I thought. But he put me on a sodium reduction diuretic and an additional blood pressure pill and finally some relief. But I really had to take a look at what I was eating:
- My healthy fish – it’s coated and fried in a sesame batter – actually contains a high percentage of salt in the batter
- Stirred-fried kale – this was fried in oyster sauce – again lots of salt.
- Greek salads – I was buying them at a restaurant and in checking I find they were using a commercial seasoning with MSG – again lots of salt.
Wow, no wonder. What I thought was healthy was definitely not and I paid the price. Blood Pressure over the top. So for the last couple of days I’ve stopped these meals and now eat only specially prepared fried rice with vegetables and chicken and my oatmeal for breakfast. Success.
Must have gotten up 6 times to pee at night – but about 3AM this morning I felt the pressure start dropping – 150/70 this morning, coming down. Hopefully back to normal soon. Got’ta drink lots of water, diuretics really dehydrate you – and that can cause symptoms like high BP – tinnitus, headaches, and light-headedness. But soon I should be back on my regular regiment of Meds – BUT in the future, closer control of my food intake. Operation averted, at least for now.