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From……: Joe and Nancy
“Emergency Medical Care in Dolega”
Things sure are different here. I suffer from occasional kidney stones. Mostly they pass without too much fuss, occasionally they don’t. In the US, it necessitated a frantic visit to the emergency room, filling out endless forms and waiting, then some tests to be sure I wasn’t just looking for a “fix” I guess, then X-rays that nobody ever looked at until it didn’t matter, then finally shots, IV, pills – blessed relief and a very large bill. Sometimes a followup trip to the emergency room and do it all again. If the stones don’t pass, they have a sonic machine that for $10,000 a treatment may or may not break up the stone.
Monday evening I had severe pain that signaled another kidney stone to the point that I could no longer wait or tolerate it. It was about 10:30 in the evening. What to do? We placed a call to our local pharmacist at her home to ask. She and her husband were at our house in 5 minutes. She checked my symptoms quickly and called a local doctor, who arrived a few minutes later. He sent Rosa to the pharmacy for meds and supplies, and he left for David for the rest. In a little while, they had set me up in my own bed with an IV, shots and pills. Nobody left until I was pain free which was after 1:30 in the morning.
The next morning the Doctor and his son came by to take us to David for X-rays. The son walked us through the clinic and the Doctor reviewed the X-ray. He suggested drinking 8 glasses a day of water in which 8 green apples cut up had been boiled to dissolve/clear the stones. He came by that evening to redo an IV for pain and to assist in passing the stone, and another house call the following morning to remove the IV port and prescribe meds for pain/inflammation etc for the week. Total costs were $60 for doctor’s house calls, $15 for Xrays, 50 cents for doctor consultation at the clinic, $89 for all meds, IV supplies, syringes etc including for the next week or so. About $165 total. Oh yeah, plus the apples. Feeling better. The pharmacist calls or comes by daily to check, all my neighbors too. Is this a great place or what? Joe
What a great example of real healthCARE.