|In Front of the Hospital|
|Ok, Time For One More Pic|
|Coming Out of the Tube|
So, we went down to the registration window to register to see a doctor who could order the blood tests. Sunday apparently is a very busy day for seeing the doctor, because arriving to the waiting area we discovered that I was 60th on the list of numbers. But, that was ok, because there are around 6-8 doctor's offices for that particular area, and seems we only waited for about a half hour.
Lo and behold, the doctor I saw on this visit spoke directly to me in pretty good English! I mentioned that he was the first doctor that had communicated with me directly. He told me most Chinese doctors can speak English. I told him I suspected that but up until this point, they all spoke through my friends who came to translate and that I appreciated him speaking directly to me.
We told him why we were there and he ask me a few questions about my symptoms, reached over and poked me a few times in the belly and saw that caused no pain. He told me he did not suspect pancreatitis in that my symptoms were not consistent enough with pancreaits. I asked him what he did suspect,and like a good doc, he said that until he had more information he did not want to speculate. (At this point, we did not have the CT films). So to the "injection" lab we go (after paying for the lab tests 30yuan = $5 USD)
Ha ha, another great experience. We go up to the window where you give your information, and this time there is only a "Chinese line" that is everyone crowds around up front trying to be next. So, I looked at my students and said do you think I should go Chinese on the line, and they said yes. So, I kind of worked my way through every little opens space and was in front of the window in no time flat. Once there, I give my order slip to the nurse. Now, this is sort of like a Chinese Bank Teller window, where there is a piece of plexiglass between the teller and the customer and a small slot at the bottom, only this one had slots running horizontally across the bottom and a few more in the middle. I sit down in the chair on the opposite side and the nurse reaches through and straps my arm to find the vein. First the left arm. She can't find it. She calls her workmate over. She can't find it either. I am a little more "thicker" than most Chinese people so, they are probably not used to searching under a little more flesh for the vein. The ask for the other arm, strap it up, and viola! They find the vein, insert the needle (she did pretty good-on par with most needle sticks I've had for the purpose of drawing blood). Now, I can't remember if she took one vial or two. I was too busy looking at the little measuring cup and and test tube that I soon found out was going to be for my urine sample.
That's right, not your standard U.S. issue urine sample cup, but a small measuring cup with a tiny handle and a pour spout, more like a ladle. The whole thing is about as big as the 1tsp size in your cooking sets. Yes, you had to fill the little cup, and then pour the sample into the test tube.
They told us that the results would be ready in about an hour. So, we went and got a boazi (steamed bun with a meatball inside-pretty tasty, even though it is pork, I can usually eat at least one with no trouble because none of it is fried and there is very little oil). Took a walk to the museum down the street, which was pretty much closed because the were holding a home decorating exhibition in the main lobby.
|Jia Hui & Zhu Zhu at the Museum|
Well, 1:15 rolls around and we were heading back to see the English speaking doc. Bummer, he was gone! The worker told us he was doing an operation. I asked when he would be here again and they told me he only works on Saturdays. ( I have no idea why he was there on Sunday, but glad he was). I was not in any pain, and the doc indicated that he did not think the situation was as urgent as the other guy did, we decided that we would go see if my CT scans were ready and save some time for this week when we would go back to see the doc who had ordered them. They were still at lunch, so we had another 15 minutes to wait.
When they opened, they told us that they were not ready. Zhu Zhu asked to speak to the guy who'd called us back. So, he comes back out and tells us they probably would not be ready until Monday. Zhu Zhu showed him the blood test, but it was like he did not know how to read it and did not say anything about what he read. So, we left to go home. All told, we had been there for almost 6 hrs, arriving around 8 and leaving just a little before 2-the longest time I've ever spent on all my visits. But, that was ok, because I was really kind of wanting some blood test to be run anyway. I figured they would need to in order to rule out or in any other problems-especially concerning the spotting on the pancreas and the spots on the adrenal glands.
I will return tomorrow, Tuesday, the 20th, pick up my films, and take those along with the results from the blood test and urine sample to the do who'd ordered the CT. Hopefully, there will be some definitive answers. If it is just gallstones, I am still looking for the Lord's leading on how to handle them. My desire is to try the meds that will dissolve them, but surgery may be an option. As long as I stay away from the fatty foods, oil and such, I've been relatively pain free.
I do have a friend from my Teachoverseas days who is now working in Beijing for Disney. She is going to try and get me some contact info for the "expat" medical practice there in Beijing. China is testing in some of the larger cities the allowance of western medical facilities, which includes some small hospitals run by foreigners. They are a bit more expensive (how much more, I don't know) but the quality of care is such that many Chinese prefer to use them as well.
Well, that is it for now. As always, thanks for reading, and your prayers are coveted and appreciated. Main thing I look for in prayer is wisdom for the docs, and a Romans 8:28 attitude for myself. Healing would be nice, but His will be done not mine. Thanks again, and until the next time...