Very glad Dan asked me if I wanted to go see the Cable Skiing yesterday â€“ itâ€™s getting really boring staying home in the condo with very little to do â€“ waiting for the next doctor appointment to see what is going to happen. I really want to thank all of you who offered to help in some way after I sent out my cry for help, especially financially if needed – that took a big load off my mind and helped getting my BP back in check. Itâ€™s always the ones you donâ€™t expect to help that come through and the ones you think would be there are staying in the background. But, such is life I guess.
First, I was overcome by the cost that they told me for putting in the stent â€“ after I went through all that mess about the CAT test cost â€“ now this - Again I find this hard to believe that 400,000 B is the usual cost for stent placement â€“ that would be out of the question for an average Thai â€“ so I have been checking with local BKK Govâ€™t hospitals (should be about 1/3 the cost they told me at BKK Pattaya) like King Chulalongkorn Hospital â€“ largest and oldest in Thailand â€“ a teaching University Hospital too. Donâ€™t know exactly what but will find out later this week â€“ something I can manage (and Iâ€™m certain without needing help).
In addition, the meds are another problem â€“ just checking on the ones the last Dr. gave me until my appointment on the 17th. Apolets for example , a generic anticlotting medicine, costs about 1000 Baht for a months supply which was prescribed for me at Chiang Mai hospital â€“ verses Effient ( a free sample was given me to try â€“ newer and much more effective at lower doses â€“ but hold on to your seats â€“ I fell off mine again) â€“ Effient is priced at 6,000 B/30 day supply â€“ and this is from cheap mail-order catalogs â€“ I donâ€™t know what BKK Pattaya hospitalâ€™s pricing is, but you can bet your ass itâ€™s not any lower — again over the top for greedy Drug companies. Thailand saw this as a problem for their population who are mostly poor farmers so locally making generic replacements available was a necessity â€“ so many of these generics are available in Thailand for Thaiâ€™s incomes â€“ I want to start out on this road – not the expensive â€œMedical tourist/Insuranceâ€œ high road.
The problem with this shit is once you start on it you have to stay one it from then on or complications can arise. So on Thurday 17th I will discuss in detail the on-going cost for these non-generic recommended solutions as apposed to Thai generic solutions. At least Iâ€™m learning and hope anyone reading this can be prepared if they need these services. I donâ€™t think there is any better reason for having this blog.
So Iâ€™m blowing off a little steam â€“ but keeping the BP down â€“ and still putting it all in Godâ€™s hands â€“ just doing the footwork. By the way, my BP is down to 130-140, even after a 30 min morning walk around the complex. Still some fear about the surgery, but I do have a friend who will come down and be with me at the hospital - Ahhhh what will tomorrow bring. But thanks for being there for me, without your prayers and help I wouldnâ€™t have made it this far.
but hereâ€™s a great shot from yesterday at the water skiing - P.S. Not Dan