Anyone who knows me is not unfamiliar with the sad fact that I was born with the worst set of sinuses imaginable. Yes, I had a sinus infection while on vacation and went to a doctor in Thailand twice, but I was in paradise, so I am not complaining. Being sick in paradise is better than not being there at all.
Well, today I went to the doctors again and I would like to tell you all why Malaysia rocks, and the US sucks. Let me paint you a picture using a timeline.
- 9:00 enter my doctors office without an appointment. She is the only one in the clinic, so I see her every visit and do not have to go through the frustrating experience of explaining my issue for the umpteenth time, which usually ends in me crying. ( I know, wimp, huh.)
- 9:15 see the doctor, explain maladies, make a treatment plan with doctor.
- 9:35 get referral for ENT. Have appointment scheduled (for the same day) and directions to the referral.
- 9:50 visit Starbucks downstairs and solidify route with the help from google and Cody.
- 10:30 arrive at ENT office in local hospital.
- 10:45 see ENT specialist. Endoscopic exam and thorough explanation by said ENT specialist.
- 11:00 get referred for a CT scan and have it completed with report.
- 11:50 take results back to ENT office.
- 2:30 talk to specialist after waiting for 1 1/2 hours because he had to complete 3 surgeries and make a treatment plan.
- 2:45 get doctors personal number and medication and pay for entire day.
Not to mention that the entire thing cost about $160 US without insurance and I got to take the CT scan home as a souvenir.
By the way, this whole sequence of events happened in the US right before I left…. and took 7 weeks. The end result was that they finally reccomended me for surgery (like my doctor suggested 6 weeks earlier,) but by the time the ENT specialist officially concluded that, (by sending me to two other doctors) it was too late for me to get it because I would not have enough recovery time before moving to Malaysia.
And that is why Malaysia 1, US 0.
P.S. A special thanks goes out to Cody who sat through this with me today. Good thing he is currently reading a great book and remembered to take it with him.