Injury Update >.<

Haha, for all of you terribly anxious to hear how my toe is doing 😛
I finally went to the clinic on campus, and it was so bizarre. I had to check in, pay a fee, go to one doctor, tell them what was wrong, go to the correct doctor, pay another fee, get an X-ray in a different building, go to another building to get them looked at, pay another fee, go back to the doctor to tell them what was wrong, then sent to pharmacy, pay another fee, go back to the pharmacy, get medicine, and finally leave.
Turns out I fractured my big toe. They tell me they can do nothing for it since it’s so small, and so we ask if I can medicine and they give me what I assume to be pain killers, and send me on my way. I have learned my lesson with unknown medicine though so I took it to the program directors and it turns out it’s just more anti infectants. So… I have a fractured toe, no pain killers, no ice packs, no shoes that fit, but hopefully no infections. I did limp down to the grocery store and in lieu of ice packs (which they apparently don’t believe in here) grabbed a bag of liquid yogurt and threw it in my little freezer, works pretty well.
I looked it up online, since I had been given no instructions for care, and turns out I’m correct on the icing and elevating. It did also say, however, that it may take six weeks to heal, so really hoping that’s a lie.
Ah well, we all know I’ve done worse!

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One Response to “Injury Update >.<”

  1. Texas Auntie Says:

    So sorry to hear about your toe! Maybe you can find a local shoe shop that could make you a shoe or boot to protect your toe? Meanwhile cutting the toe out of a pair of shoes might help. Forget learning any martial arts for awhile. Try not to kick anyone, and get well soon!

    Your cousin Andy (also known as Jake) has also experienced unusual health care in other countries. Sick with the flu in Hungary one Christmas night in 2007 and with no ibuprofen/aspirin in the household, he went to the all-night health care center. They fixed him up with two prescriptions. When he returned to his in-laws apt. he looked both prescriptions up on the internet – before he tried them! Seems they were both banned in the U.S. in the 80’s! Needless to say he waited until morning and then bought some ibuprofen enroute back to Germany.

    Also in the Fall of 2003 just days after moving to Italy, he had to have an emergency appendectomy at a local Italian hospital. (No American military facilities close by.) The fact that he did not speak Italian was remedied by a translator supplied right before surgery who told him what was about to happen. Andy told us the hospital was right out of a WWII movie – open wards with lockers w/o locks and open outside doors for anyone to come and go as they pleased. His passport, wallet, keys etc. were just tucked in his unlocked locker in the open ward while he was off to surgery, but he said all was still there when he returned. (Did I mention this was in Northern Italy? Outcome may not have been as pleasant had he been in Southern Italy!) He said they took pretty good care of him, but unlike in the U.S. where usual appendectomy surgery is now done through a small hole and the appendix pulled out, in Italy they still cut you wide open with a nice incision. He has always felt they sewed him up too tight and with a pucker or two to boot.

    After living in Europe for 11 years, working 3 of those years not with our military but as an EU resident, he is a BIG supporter of NOT having government controlled health care! Quality of medical care to him is very important having experienced what he calls “third world” care! Also when he worked as a resident on their economy he paid for his FREE health care as do all EU citizens through his tax rate which was 58% straight off the top of his check to the government. That’s right…58% straight to the government before he saw a dime in pay! In addition in Germany you pay ad valorem tax (like our sales tax) on all normal purchases of around 18% and if you buy a “luxury item” such as a tv or washing machine (they don’t use clothes dryers) you get to pay an additional tax too. He says the people are taxed to death and the only way you ever accumulate any savings is if you have a second business that you run “under the table”.

    However, back to the medical issue…in other countries you can purchase directly over the counter a lot of medicines that are controlled by prescription here. I don’t know if that is so you don’t have to go through the scenerio you experienced of being shuffled from one area to another for medical care, but can go by yourself directly to “GO” and just buy what you think you might need for treating yourself and unload the medical system. Do we regulate medicines here to protect our people or to provide nice profits for pharmaceutical companies so they can conduct more R&D for new medicines – quite probably both since our system does not have 100% financial backing from the government’s taxes like in a lot of countries.

    So the big question here in the USA right now is…do you like your health care and want to keep it…do you want to throw it out the window and go governmental…or do you want to fix only the parts that are broken? Second big question is how, when do we go about it and at what speed?
    Do we want to pattern our medical care after EU’s/Canada or China’s?
    It’s a major issue and as you found out first hand, it becomes VERY personal when YOU are the patient!

    On another note…cousin Matt is in Qatar for R&R from Kuwait. As their C17 took off from Kuwait the landscape view was dry, dusty, brown desert. As they landed the landscape view was dry, dusty, brown desert. His buddy looked at Matt and asked, “Did we really go anywhere?”

    Study hard and keep up the blogging! Any chance for pictures???? Looking forward to having your folks here this weekend!!!!! Love, Auntie

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