Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Doctor

Last week we had to take Jewel to the doctor because of her asthma. Today was my turn.
We met a wonderful family doctor. He is the son of missionaries and works near the Baptist Hospital here in AsunciĆ³n.. His father worked here with the lepers and the son has stayed on. His brother now works with Aids patients here in Paraguay.

Anyway, Dr. S, is an interesting guy. I enjoyed his time and attention as I have missed that in the US this last year. He took all the time needed and was very relaxed. I am trying to get some relief for my ever present back problems. He put me in contact with a Physical Therapist from Canada. I am excited to begin this route as I have never been in a place where therapy was a possibility, due to our remoteness, or in the US lack of insurance coverage, and travel.

The visit was about $22.00.

Apparently, Dr. S and his family actually DROVE from Paraguay to Canada in his youth!
CAN YOU IMAGINE?!?!?!

17 comments:

Obob said...

a road trip like would require a lot red bull

julie said...

Wow, on many fronts - $22 to see the doctor? And they drove from Paraguay to Canada? Now that takes a special amount of fearlessness and stamina!

B Wiens said...

When we moved to Paraguay (I was 11 at the time) my dad and his brother drove from Canada to Paraguay also! It was an experience...that´s for sure! My mother and us kids went per plane. I´m glad you found Dr. S.! He´s Michelle´s doctor too and she likes him as much as you do.
Hope you receive the needed help for your back too!

Findalis said...

A doctor that takes his time with a patient. Does he make housecalls? If he does, then he's one of a kind.

Susan said...

Praise the Lord for a good doctor and the possibility of therapy for your back - and $22.00 ain't bad either!

Driving from Paraguay to Canada??? I had a hard enough time with Texas to Vancouver!

Kristi said...

I'm glad you were able to find a great doctor. I hope the therapist is able to help your back.

~Kristi

Brooke said...

Whoa, that's a heck of a drive!

I hope you all make out alright. Don't be in the office too much!

jvaughn0311 said...

I will be praying for your back pain!! How is your new home?? Tell Jackie I said "hey".=) Thanks!!

Deanna said...

$22! I do miss that about South America!! So glad you have found a good doctor already. That can make such a difference when arriving in a new country!!

groovyoldlady said...

My chiropractor is cool like that: he's inexpensive, takes as much (or as little) time as you need, and he's good hearted - he treats my mom pro bono.

As for the road trip? I'm glad it wasn't me! Oy!

MightyMom said...

nope, can't imagine. would love to do it!! I grew up with road trips. We would take 2 weeks, pick a destination and drive several hours, stop the night at an outdoor resort, drive several hours...etc. Now Paraguay to Canada would take us a couple months to do, but it would be fabulous. footnote, I always feel like I'm missing the best part of the trip when I fly somewhere, you just can't enjoy the scenery as well from the sky.

Thursday's Child said...

That's what I love about Lebanon. The doctors don't rush you through and the expense is small. I pay a little over $30 for the pediatrician when the Boss is sick and our family doctor we used to walk to was $20, $30 something for a housecall. My mammogram and ultrasound last year were $80 with no insurance. There are times where I really don't miss the States.

Kimberly said...

Glad you found a good Dr. Back therapy has been the best thing I have ever done. Hope it works as well for you.

Nonohoicha said...

OH...wow...paraguay to canada...that is scary..

MOM ARE WE THERE YET?
No, we're just getting into Panama, it'll be a few days yet. o.O

Rebecca said...

No I can not imagine! Yikes! That had to stink.

Charles said...

I am glad you have found a good doctor. I hope you feel right as rain asap. I know it is hard to move in while feeling bad. Hope Jewel is better too. How is your Father and MIL doing?

My dad is SLOWLY improving. Interestingly God is using dads presence along with ours in the home. People, both staff and residents and their families are gathering when we sing and pray.

Ever seen a revival in a nursing home? We may be truly be soon.

Canada to Paraguay... I get tired going to next town.

Steve n Vickie said...

Hmm, I believe the jeep of one of the Bolivian missionaries, while I was down there was driven all the way down from the states. I always thought it would be kind of a neat trip. An adventure for sure. Sounds like you've got quite a doctor. Good for you!!