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.


K and S said...

sorry to hear things aren't going well, and that doctor(grrr!). I hope you find something soon. I hope you have fun on your trip, should be nice to get away for a bit! Take care :)

grub said...

hi obachan,

great to see you are blogging again.

the experience with the doctor must be pretty frustrating!

i'm also going to malaysia. end of march - mid april. maybe we'll see each other XD

good luck with the fish and i hope you get another job real soon!


Rinshinomori said...

I hope you have a great time in Malaysia - you certainly deserve it.

I hope your mom's health improves. I'm sure it's very frustrating for your mom - ouch!

Yi Hwa said...

Hope everything's better now and welcome to Malaysia!!! :D

YSC said...

Hi Obachan,

So sorry to hear about your mum. Can you change doctors? I'm originally from Malaysia -- so glad to hear that you're going to visit! Where are you planning to go and what do you want to do? There is a lot of good local food to eat...

keona said...

Dear obachan,
Have a wonderful trip to Malaysia. I was there twice past 2 years but dont think I saw much. Food is wonderful especially in Penang.
Do keep an eye on your mother's leg in case it turns to gangrene.

cocopuff1212 said...

I'm often horrified upon hearing the stories about Japanese doctors and hospitals from patients' point of view. Patients' rights do not exist in Japan, it seems.

My father once "got fired" by a doctor because he asked "too many questions". "If you don't trust what I'm doing for you as a doctor, you shoudln't be my patient" is what the doc said.

I'm praying for you and your family, that the cause of your mom's condition will be soon identified and situation improved.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about your mom, it might be a good idea to go with her next time so that you can help her and yourself understand her condition and choose the best course of action.

obachan said...

K & S;
Thanks. I REALLY need to get away. Definitely!

Yeah, this whole issue about mom's treatment IS frustrating.
I hope I could see you in Malaysia. Are you visiting Langkawi?

Oh, I'm determined to have a wonderful time in that country. No one can stop me! ;)

Yi Hwa;
You live in Malaysia? I'm going to Langkawi. Can't wait! :D

Changing doctors is not totally impossible, but difficult. We might end up going to a worse doctor in a more far away place...

So you are originally from Malaysia. I'm going to Langkawi. What food do you recommend to eat there?

Gangrene! Oh, I hope it is not that.

There must be many nice Japanese doctors who are not too authoritative, but such doctors do not seem to practice in a rural place...

Thanks for caring about me and my family. I feel so supported.

Anonymous commenter;
Well, that's another frustrating thing... mom says that they never let a family member accompany the patient to hear what the doctor says. (But mom might have made it up because she doesn't want me to be with her when she sees the doctor. Why does she have to make everything more complicated all the time? :(

Anonymous said...

Hi Obachan, I hope that isnt the case and that you are able to accompany your mom...might be good to call the office and ask ?

Unfortunately things get more complicated as they age...

hope it gets better !

obachan said...

Thanks for your advice, but we can't call the office and find out about patients' conditions. I really hope that things get better and less complicated...


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