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Philippine Hospitals

About 2 weeks ago Elena went to see a doctor, she was spotting often. After all the tests the doctor diagnosed Elena has a Myoma. That is a fibroid tumor and is most times benign.

Because of the location it was decided Elena would need a hysterectomy. She was admitted last Thursday evening into San Pedro Hospital.

Now I do not know about all hospitals in the Philippines but I have heard from other circumstances a lot of hospitals work this way. They figure out the cost of the room stay and the operation costs and that must be paid before checking in.

Elena also had to go to the Red Cross office and purchase 2 units of blood and bring them to the hospital when admitted.

During the stay, if there are any medications needed, the patient gets the prescription and someone staying with her has to go to the hospital pharmacy and pay for the medication.

There is also a tradition in the Philippines of having 24 hour a day family or friend coverage in the room with the patient. They are called “Watchers”. Watchers stay in the room, run to pharmacy, help the patient, call for a nurse if needed and keep the patient company. As shits change they also bring food from home to feed the watchers, visitors and even the patient.

The first night, the evening before the operation, Elena was in a ward. There are about 6 beds in the room with curtains to give privacy. When I saw the beds, I was reminded of old World War II movies where you see the hospitals. It was the type where the 2 ends have hooks and the spring platform attaches to the ends. Some wards have Air conditioners and some do not. Prices vary do to this choice.

The next day, after the operation, Elena was moved to a private room. This room was better. There was a wall air conditioner, a small TV on the wall. The bed was bigger and the head could be raised. Not remotely but with a crank at the foot of the bed. The bathroom was nice and clean. I had looked at meals. They are probably fine for the Filipino palate but it looked unappetizing to me.

The nursing staff was plentiful since it is a teaching hospital. They would come in and take vitals often and were available if needed.

There is very little parking near the hospital but there is a mall across the street with a multi-level parking so I would park at the mall. I had to remember to move my car before the mall closed with is 8PM Sunday -Thursday and 9PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Elena was supposed to be released on Sunday but her doctor never came to visit and sign the discharge forms so Elena had to stay until Monday.
Elena is doing well and not in much discomfort. At times she gets dizzy so it is good we still have the walker from her mother. Elena uses the walker as a safety as she moves around the house.

I am so thankful for our nieces for staying round the clock at the hospital and one would come home with me to open the gate to park the car at home. This is because we are on a main thoroughfare with no shoulder. With all the traffic I need someone to open the gates and stop traffic. Most main roads do not have shoulders to park on.

Also I am thankful for my new bosses. They let me leave when necessary and not have to work a full day on Saturday.

Elena’s cell phone has also been busy throughout this ordeal and still with text messages from friends seeing how Elena is doing.

Elena has the sweet personality to make friends with most people she meets and most are so caring too.

Now we are just watching the recovery times and I know soon Elena will be back to her same self.

6 Responses to “Philippine Hospitals”

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  2. randcentertainment says:

    It is good to hear that they are able to fix the problem. It was great to find your site as I recently married my Filipina wife here in Marikina City and I will be staying here as a permanent resident as well. I came across your blog while doing some last minute research on the 13a visa, and it was refreshing to hear that the RP has relaxed the requirements a bit. I will be filing for it soon, yay! I have been here for almost 3 months now and can not imagine every leaving my loving family and wife. Yes, life can be a bit different here, but I am a simple person so I really love it here. Thanks for your great site and I will try to read often!


  3. Thomas Shawn says:

    Bruce –

    Keep blogging! I am married to a Filipina from Malaybalay City, about 10 hrs drive North of you. I know Davao well.

    Well, I hope to follow you to the Philippines someday soon. Maybe I’ll rip off your Blog title and call it American in Malaybalay City. 😉

  4. Bruce says:

    Thanks for the inteest in my blog. I looked at your blog but I do not know spanish.
    Please continue reading and I look foward to finding my link on your bloglog.

  5. Bruce says:

    Thanks for finding and enjoying my little blog.
    Also congradulations on your marraige and your move here. I hope all goes well and maybe someday if you visit Davao and meet with us.

  6. Bruce says:

    Thanks for enjoying my site. Unfortunatly I have only been here in Davao City. One time a friend took us to Buda which is just into Bukidnon. We have family in Bislig and Tandag, both in Surago del Sur and some in Kidapawan. I hope someday to visit them there.
    Good luck and please contact me if your ever here in Davao.

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