Present Meds Update

Sawadee Khrap

Well I hope I don’t jinx the progress but so far I have had very stable blood pressure and feeling pretty good – no  ED to really complain about either.  The two stents seem to have done the trick – coupled with the new pill regime of:

  • 160 mg Valsartan     main blood pressure med
  • 5 mg Madiplot          extra control – BP
  • 10 Bestatian             Cholesterol control  LDL
  • 10-20 Cialis              ED aid – alternating 10/20mg
  • 5 mg Folic acid          Kidney
  • 75 mg Plavix              Blood thinner for stent
  • 83 mg Aspirin            Anti-clotting

This combination seems to be holding everything steady now – last check kidneys have stabilized and BP average 119/60  – getting strength back and will start a daily 20 min. workout on Elliptical machine in addition to daily walking – that should really help the blood flow. As always have to wait and check next month to see if it is still holding – hope so – would be nice to be able to relax now and enjoy my old age.

If you are having problems and looking for a Medical Vacation – I would highly recommend you look at Thailand  – Let me know if you have any questions and I will see if I can find the answer for you –

Ciao

Doi Mae Salong and Mae Sot trips

Sawadee Khrap

Sorry for not posting faster – last week we went to Doi Mae Salong for a quick 2 day trip to test my new camera and get some needed relaxation. Here are some random shots.  We stayed at the Mae Salong Flower Hills Resort – excellent.  Actually we were the only ones there besides the staff.DSC00098DSC00190 

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DSC00254DSC00234And then the next week a short tip to Mae Sot and then to Tak and back to Chiang Mai.  It was really rainy and bad weather so very few shots were taken – her are a couple of them.  I will try to do a better job on outing. DSC00359-PanoDSC00363

Ciao

New Camera – Sony A7R Mark II

Sawadee Khrap

Sony-A7RM2Here’s a Galaxy phone shot of my new camera – Sony A7R Mark II – 42 MP full frame,mirrorless with a 24-240 mm Sony Zoom.   Sorry for the bad glary shot but in a hurry this morning.  Getting ready to leave to pick up Team at Phayao and then take a short trip to Doi Mae Salong for overnight and testing the new camera.   Team has been visiting his family at their home and farm in Phayao for the last 5 days and rather than come back and then go  – I will meet him half way at the Mae Khachan Transport Station on Hwy 118 going to Chiang Rai. – between the Wiang Pa Pao Hot Springs area and the Hwy 120 turn off to Phayao. 

Got everything except the battery grip which they had to order – need it for my big hands and longer, steadier shooting.  They also gave me the fancy leather strap – Photo Bug Camera  – Chiang Mai.  I’ll write a review when I get back.

Ciao

Old doesn’t mean dead

Sawadee Khrap

A farmer stopped by the local mechanics shop to have his truck fixed. They couldn’t do it while he waited, so he said he didn’t live far and would just walk home.  On the way home he stopped at the hardware store and bought a bucket and a gallon of paint. He then stopped by the feed store and picked up a couple of chickens and a goose. However, struggling outside the store he now had a problem – how to carry his entire purchases home.

While he was scratching his head he was approached by a little old lady who told him she was lost. She asked, ‘Can you tell me how to get to 1603 Mockingbird Lane?’ The farmer said, ‘Well, as a matter of fact, my farm is very close to that house I would walk you there but I can’t carry this lot.’

The old lady suggested, ‘Why don’t you put the can of paint in the bucket. Carry the bucket in one hand, put a chicken under each arm and carry the goose in your other hand?’  ‘Why thank you very much,’ he said and proceeded to walk the old girl home.

On the way he says ‘Let’s take my short cut and go down this alley. We’ll be there in no time.’ The little old lady looked him over cautiously then said, ‘I am a lonely widow without a husband to defend me. How do I know that when we get in the alley you won’t hold me up against the wall, pull up my skirt, and have your way with me?’   

The farmer said, ‘Holy shit lady! I’m carrying a bucket, a gallon of paint, two chickens, and a goose. How in hell could I possibly hold you up against the wall and do that?’ The old lady replied, ‘Well !!,  Set the goose down, cover him with the bucket, put the paint on top of the bucket, and I’ll hold the chickens.

From Paul’s Sunday Funnies

Ciao

Almost moved in – taken over

Sawadee Khrap

20160702_140641There he is – first thing was to set up his office – it’s complete now and holds a primary spot in the living room – once the teddy bears were in it was designated officially finished.  University starts on Aug 3rd so everything is ready in this area – housework for me but I don’t mind if he is working or in school.  Got’ta brush up, not used to doing cleaning  – usually just hired a cleaning woman – may still have to do that later – but for the beginning I will consider it needed exercise.

Operations seen to be very successful, stents in both the Renal Arteries appears to have stabilized the kidneys – changed the medicines to be:

  • 10 mg  Madiplot       BP control
  • 150 mg  Irbesartan    BP control
  • 20 mg   BeStatin        Cholesterol levels
  • 75 mg Plavix             Anti clotting for stents
  • 81 mg  Aspirin                 “”     “”
  • 5 mg  Folic Acid        Kidney support

Blood Pressure holding within the 100 – 130 range – average about 120    Monitoring every 2 weeks until we are sure that this combination is perfect.  Looking like this will be my regular meds from now on or for at least the next year.

Team’s off for 5 days to go home and visit the family and break the news, show off his ring and then back to finish moving in and settling down   –   I hope, school starts soon.   Just renewed the lease  –  and it’s an easy, short walk or bike ride from here to his classes  (Master Degree in Toxicology)  at Suan Dok Hospital (Sriphat).

All for now

Ciao

It’s almost Official now

Sawadee Khrap

DSC_1275Well 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 plan1466559192341 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 DSC_1283-01.jpegshould have a great future.

Ciao

2nd Operation successful

Sawadee Khrap

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.

Ciao

New addition to the family

Sawadee Khrap

You may have noticed the new heading for the blog – Meet Teamnoi (TinTin) my better half.Team    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.

Ciao

 

“Comments” problem–not working

Sawadee Khrap

I seem to be having a major conflict with my security software and the ability to post comments on posts.   Sorry your comments have not appeared for several months.  I will try to get this back working – ASAP

The only way to reach me is through the “CONTACT ME” page. – this works but will not be for specific posts.

Sorry for the inconvenience

Frank

Ciao

MaeSai Trip–Jaiand

Sawadee Khrap

Sorry for the late posting but 2 weeks ago I took a quick trip to Maesai to visit my friend – Jaiand.  We had met in Pattaya and he was at home helping his mother.  Jaiand showed me this great cozy guesthouse in Maesai – Patcharaporn resort located in town on Pa Meuad  soi just off Hwy 1.20160519_15013520160519_150130  500 Baht a night including breakfast for 2 –  what a great deal and a wonderful place to stay – Don’t  miss it if you visit Maesai for your VISA run.  And we had wonderful dinner at HueanHimDoi rstaurant    just off Hwy 1 at the Hwy 123 junction.   Great food – Thai style – and this spread cost only 800 Baht.20160518_18091020160518_182221     We visited  Wat Phara That Doi Wao overlooking the bridge to Myanmar (Burma) and the border city Tachileik.IMG_4540IMG_4543IMG_4570-Pano   What a view from here.   The next day we headed for Doi MaeSalong – now the tea capital of Thailand – but it used to be the poppy and opium growing area  for the Maesai’s Golden Triangle opium dens.IMG_4627-PanoIMG_4642IMG_4657-Pano    From here, we made it to Wat ThaTon (Phra Aram Luang)  on Hwy 107 going to Fang but started to have a bad vibrations in the car.  Something was really going wrong so we headed back for the 2 hr. drive back to Maesai.  The car was really getting bad – felt like either failing motor mounts or the drive shaft universals were acting up – so I cut my visit short and limped slowly back to Chiang Mai – made it and did have to have new universals  installed – so the car was again in the shop for 3 days – but I also had new front shocks put in so now I should be worry free for quite a while.  Wish I would have had more time to visit with Jaiand but after my  upcoming operation – which was rescheduled  for June 11th – I should have time to visit him again.  I promise more photos next time.

Ciao

Never call me handsome again

Sawadee Khrap

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!

and

Pregnant Prostitute:
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

Ciao

An insider’s story

Sawadee Khrap

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.”

Ciao

Fate

Sawadee Khrap

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.

Ciao

Back Pattaya– 1 st Operation done

Sawadee Khrap

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.

Ciao