Saturday, January 30, 2010
I hope I spelled that right. After going to the private doctor and getting the rundown Issac asked the doctor at his work about the surgery. She said that the hospital that is with the Popular has lapriscopic equipment and that the service there is good. We decided we need to check out this option because it will prob be half the cost. Issac was very clear that if at any point I am uncomfortable with the hospital, doctor, or anything we will spend the money to do the private one. Iv been in this hospital visiting and going with friends a couple times and it doesn't look much different than the private hospital I was in for the baby. Wednesday we went into the clinic to see what the procedure was. We were told to come back at 7 in the morning in order to see the doctor. As we were pulling the kids out of bed I was thinking that there wouldn't be a lot of people there since it was so early. I was wrong. We go there at 7 sharp and found ourselves somewhere around 15th in line. So I waited in the car with the girls until Issac saw we were getting a little closer and then we joined him in the line. When it was our turn we explained our situation and she gave us a number (basically put us in line for the doctor) but asked us to set aside until the other nurse showed up and could make out our file. The normal seguro doesn't even have files you have a booklet that you carry in and out with you which is your file. Then after waiting for more than an hour I sent my husband home with the girls, he had worked all night and the girls were getting restless. It was close to 930 when I was called to see the nurse. She took my history and my blood pressure, weight, and height. This all went pretty well I thought and she understood me quite well. Then it was time to wait again. It was after 11 when the doctor finally called my name. Here is something interesting everyone one else had also been in there since 6 or7 am but you didn't see one annoyed or frustrated face. Its just what everyone expects so you just sit and wait. the doctor was great and spoke excellent English. He did have to think about his words a little but when spoken has little accent. I continued speaking in Spanish unless I didn't know the words and it all went well. Thankfully after the examination and history he decided I for sure have either stones or chronic inflammation in my gall bladder. He of course questioned me on why we were living here if I was a nurse and could be doing quite well in the states and I was open and honest with my answer's. I did tell him that after the surgery I would be looking into working here and he said that the way I had been communicating and the fact that I have my degree I should have no problems finding a job. That I just need to be sure I can write in Spanish well (for the doctors of course. lol) He then wrote up my referal for the surgen and thankfully by now my husband had come back to get me because I didnt want to confuse the process. He gave us one paper and put two copies of the same in the office. Apparently there is one guy who brings all the referals to the hospital and scheduals them all then we go back to the same clinic on Thursday and pick up our appointment date which will be in some time the next week. I only hope the next appointment goes and smoth and that he says what we want him to say.