Friday, March 05, 2010
And the Challenges Go On.. Part 8
When mom finally went to the hospital to have her foot checked, I thought that the end of her agony was close.
Well, things are never that easy.
As I had written in my previous posts, mom started seeing a doctor at the end of January for her foot problem. First, seeing her X-ray, the doctor said that her problem was a minor bone fracture and a tiny piece of the bone was missing. Then, after the MRI scan, he said that that bone was not missing but just its color was turned really dark, most likely due to osteoporosis. But her foot have been badly swollen for months, and now, after about a month of treatment, it is still the same; the swelling has not improved at all.
Mom said that the doctor did not even take a look at her foot for the past couple of weeks and just kept giving her the same medication. Then yesterday, according to mom, he examined her foot and said that the swelling could not be from the osteoporosis. Oh, yeah. Thanks for supporting the idea our family had had for WEEKS. And he put an extremely expensive ankle supporter on her foot, without even asking her if she wanted it or she could afford it, and also told her to come back next week for another MRI scan. Doc, have you ever thought that most of your patients -- grandmas and grandpas in the countryside -- may not make as much money as you do???!!!
I can understand if we get charged a lot when the treatment dramatically worked and the illness was cured. But at the moment, the reason why we have to keep paying more and more is because the doctor cannot find out what the real problem is. It's no fun. :(
So, my work as a data input operator finished at the end of February and now I'm unemployed again. My humble saving will be all gone next month, and I have not found a new job yet.
But I'm not feeling down or anything. Right now my mind is occupied with a trip abroad next month-- I'm going to Malaysia this coming April!
Yesterday dad came home from the nearby fishing port with a big boxful of sardines. In the yellowtail season, sometimes loads of sardines come into the fishing net, too. Such sardines are not really good ones and fishermen often give them away to local people. Mom and I spent a whole day cleaning them. And yesterday and today, we ate sardines at every single meal. Grilled, breaded and deep-fried, vinegared and simmered... Hope the DHA would make me smarter for at least several days. ;)
Oh, BTW, the tsunami from the recent Chile earthquake measured about 20 cm in my hometown and caused no serious damage. Thanks for your concern.