In Need of Medical Care

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Went to see an Internist, Doctor Pablo Parra C. whose office is in the Monte Sinai Hospital.  We were impressed with the whole thing. The hospital is nice looking, modern and clean, and in a nice part of Cuenca.  I mentioned him in a previous post.  He speaks very good English, was trained in Israel -- which is top-notch!  He was very thorough; ordered an ultrasound and blood tests for my thyroid, he felt nothing abnormal though.  We went across the street to Tower #2 of Monte Sinai Hospital, to the labs and were handed the tests results right then to take to Dr. Parra either the same day or the next.  His office hours are from 10 to 1pm and then from 5 to 7pm.  The labs are open from 7am to 7pm. We did not want to wait around till 5:00pm, so will return tomorrow to bring the doctor my tests results. 

Everything was done professionally and orderly, as one expects to see in the States or Europe.  The only difference is not only were we given the tests results right then and there, but my Ultrasound only costs $35.00 dollars.  (We were quoted $480.00 for a Ultrasound back home, without insurance.)  My blood tests only costs $60.00 (they took two vials), the doctor's visit cost $25.00 and I do not have to pay him again when we bring him the tests results.  I must also mention that there was not a long wait to see Dr. Parra, unlike quite a few doctors in the States where I have waited for well over an hour or so for many visits. 

Fred and I walked around Monte Sinai Hospital and noticed all the rows of Doctor's offices and their fields of expertise. We can confidently say, Monte Sinai has every kind of doctor you can possibly think of, even a Nutritionist.  There is absolutely no need to have medical care done in the States before moving to Ecuador, as I am finding out.  From everything we have seen and heard thus far, the care here will be no different, if not better. 
 
But I will say without any hesitation, you patients in the US are getting ripped off royally -- well, somebody is!  But as our doctor said, the US is a whole different world altogether as far as health-care is concerned.   

I have not been able to find a decent doctor for many, many years in Colorado, but I can truthfully say right now and after only being in Ecuador for one month, I have finally found one I have confidence in, and also like very much.  Although he is not a surgeon, and according to the Ultrasound Radiologist, I will most likely need surgery.  He also said that there will be no problem getting my C-Pap supplies when the time comes. 

There will be more coming up with this whole thyroid issue.  I'm hoping to get some pictures of the hospital and reveal more as I go through this process of possible surgery.

As I mentioned, the hospital is in a very nice area.  The neighborhood seems to be more upscale.  The SuperMaxi there has a Mall (as every SuperMaxi we've seen so far does) but this one's Mall was pretty extensive.  Lots of boutiques, jewelry stores, an espresso shop, shoe stores, etc.  But, unfortunately most of them were closed for siesta, and did not open back up till 3pm. 

It really doesn't make any difference to me that the cloths and shoes are pretty expensive here, because the sizes are so small anyway, as these people are generally tiny.  There are a few chunky ones here and there, but most are skinny and their shoe sizes small.  A few have laughed when I tell them I'm a size 40 (size 9).  Feel like I have a giants foot!  But I did find some really nice shoes my size in the Mall Del Rio in a shop called Pony Store.  The Payless Shoe Store there was ridiculous in price, quite expensive--pay less has a whole new meaning! 

Went out to lunch around the hospital which is very, very close to one of the stadiums.  It's called Dona Menestra (again, can't put the ~ above the n).  Can't believe what they gave us and this is a fast food restaurant, by the way. Good grief, we were handed a platter, not a plate!  And before the platter came out, they served us an appetizer of baked or boiled skinless potatoes in a creamy sauce.  You know me and potatoes -- yum!  And they also served us a bowl of lentil stew which was to die for.  So anyway, on this platter was a very large piece of thinly sliced beef -- how they marinate this beef I do not know but it was good -- small salad with a large slice of avocado, french fries, two eggs over easy, and lots of rice.  It should sound familiar, as it is a traditional Ecuadorian meal, very similar to the one I described earlier which we had at the Mall Del Rio, except mucho grande.  It costs us a total of $11.50 with one bottle of Coke.  Coke or any pop here, FYI, does not contain any High Fructose Corn Syrup, only Sugar.  I actually like it, although, still prefer water..

Then for dessert later, as if the meal wasn't big enough, we went to the popular chain Tutto Freddos for icecream.  Had a decadent Oreo Sundae for $2.20, and Fred had a small cone for .50. (UPDATE 12/10/11---Those cones went up to 75 cents.) Oh well, what can I say, that was also my dinner!  Besides, it couldn't hurt -- been walking my feet off!

Fred has been enjoying making coconut milk from fresh coconuts we buy just down the road.  So, so good -- nothing like it!

Fred, by the way, is no longer going to fan Pharaoh in the drama, he will however, now be Guard #2 which has a one-line speaking part.  Fred is freaking out!


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Andre on

I love your blogs, they all sound so exciting and a great experiance. Keep it up.. You will love the Conv. and it was so nice to have the A&B side together this time because we got to see so many of the old friends again. Don,t know if you know Br. Loyd Wier from Mesa bot his wife Colleen died on Sat night from cancer at 59 years old.

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ecuador_expats on

Hi Andre, is Colleen the one that went to Mexico for treatment, blond or white like hair?

Sarah Barrett on

Hi my name is Sarah. My family and I moved to Cuenca, Ecuador about three years ago. We love it here! Since we’ve been here we’ve started several businesses and written a 14 page report on travel, investment, relocation, and medical tourism. If you would like more information please contact Petrapresident@gmail.com. We would love to answer any questions you may have

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