Preliminary Tests Results

Trip Start Sep 26, 2009
Trip End May 10, 2015

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

This is just a short entry with some pictures of the Hospital and an update on my Thyroid.

Brought the test results to Dr. Parra for him to look over.  I have 3 small nodules on my thyroid.  The blood tests all looked good.  But July 15th I will need to go to a different hospital, Solca Cancer Institute, to have a low-dose radioactive iodine test done. (10 days will allow time for my thyroid medicine to be out of my system for a more accurate test, so I will stop taking the meds until then)  The iodine test will determine if I will need a needle biopsy done or not. Then we will take it from there.  If they do not detect cancer, I will not need surgery.  The iodine tests will probably run about $200.00. 

Strangely enough, 3 nodules are actually better than one nodule.  With having just one nodule, there is actually more of a likelihood that the nodule is cancerous.  It's a paradox.

They do a great job here in keeping medical costs down at Monte Sinai.  Example: There is only one receptionists on each floor where there are doctor's offices.  She just gives patients a tag with their name written on it, the price paid for the visit, and the patient's turn number -- if you are the 3rd patient for that day for a particular doctor, your tag will have 3 beside the word Turno, and she also collects the money. It's quick and easy, then you just go to your doctor's waiting area.  It's first come, first serve and each doctor will open his/her door and call the next patient in.  So the doctors can spend as much time as necessary with their patients, and they cannot overbook.  Yesterday, I was patient #2 for Dr. Parra, at around 11:00am and today I was patient #3 at around 10:30am - (patient #1 was already gone, so there was only one person [American] ahead of me).  PS: There are some doctors that do take appointments.

It appears that my doctor does not keep any medical records or x-rays, the patients keep them.  Everything I handed over to the doctor today, he gave right back to me before we left. We also did not notice any file cabinets in Dr. Parra's office.

It is still raining a lot here in Cuenca, so we MUST be in the rainy season!  Poured last night but didn't rain on us today, with some blue skys, but we still carry around our umbrellas, cause we just never know. 

We took a long beautiful walk today besides a rapidly moving river. The climate is actually pretty wonderful.  Sometimes hot, sometimes chilly, but never too hot and never too cold.  We feel relatively safe in Cuenca, it appears even little children and women feel safe,  Just have to watch the pockets/purses though, especially in certain areas.

Fred loves shopping at the Feria Libre regardless of the danger, so he just takes change and pretty much nothing else.  Today he bought me a bouquet of mostly roses for $1.50.  The woman wanted $2.00, but Fred got them for $1.50.

As they say here, Chao!

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Erika on

Happy to hear you have 3 nodules instead of 1.
You are in my prayers. Much Love Erika

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