Malaysia 1, US 0

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.

6 thoughts on “Malaysia 1, US 0

  1. HEY THERE, THAT SUCKS, SOUNDS LIKE ME! I DID THE SURGERY 3 YEARS AGO IN FEBRUARY, I HAV JUST HAD MY 2ND SINUS INFECTION SINCE THEN. IDIDNT HAVE ONE AFTER THE SURGERY FOR OVER 2 1/2 YEARS, BUT, NOW I AM HAVING THEM AGAIN, I DONT KNOW IF THE COST OF THE SURGERY, THE LOSS OF INCOME FROM BEING OFF WORK & THE COST OF THE MEDS & OTHER INCIDENTIALS WERE WORTH ONLY 2 YEARS OF RELIEF, NOW THAT I AM HAVING THAM AGAIN I FEEL LIKE THAT TIME/MONEY WAS WASTED CONSIDERING IT DIDNT FIX THE PROBLEM FOR LONG. HOWEVER IT MIGHT WORK BETTER FOR YOU! TAKE CARE & FEEL BETTER SOON!

    • Yeah, I had the surgery three years ago and they started reoccurring last year so who knows. I would get it again even to have some relief for another two years. Something has to give. Miss you guys!

  2. I also have the family sinuses. I have had the surgery. I am totally amazed you got all of that done in one day. It also took me 7 months to get to that point. What kind of medication did he put you on?

    • no surgery needed as on now, new medication daily, new method of administering it, go back to see him if i have any problems at all. he is awesome and i feel relieved to be in his hands. thanks for asking sissy poo, i miss you.

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