Wednesday Write-Up: From Stem to Stern-My Medical Check

I have so appreciated all the love, support, and “get-wells” I have received in response to my recent posts about my medical woes. You all have made me feel so much better in every way possible!  Just knowing there are so many people who care is amazing! You are all the best!

I have been talking about getting a medical check here in Thailand since we got here and finally I did it! Today! I want to tell you about it, because it was awesome!

I am so excited to be getting a medical check up!
I am so excited to be getting a medical check up!

A friend of mine here in Phuket recommended Mission Hospital, in Phuket Town, for its excellent service and inexpensive prices.  She was not wrong! I just have to tell you all about it, mostly because I hope that someday America will have awesome and cheap medical care like this, and maybe a little bit to brag about the great parts of living in Thailand. Please don’t hate me for rubbing it in… Thailand is just fabulous!  I cannot keep it to myself, you should come visit and have a medical check-up, too!

I called up Mission Hospital yesterday and scheduled an appointment for this morning. I wanted to get the “Standard For Female 35-50 Years” medical check and the scheduler was easily able to communicate with me and made me an appointment for first thing this morning. (Just a side note, I am not yet 35, but it had all the procedures that I wanted done, just had to clarify.) I had decided I wanted to go first thing in the morning, because part of the exam is fasting blood work… so no food or drink for 8 hours before the appointment. Knowing that I am severely a little bit cranky if I do not eat first thing in the morning made me want to get it out of the way first thing. I would pity the people around me if I had to wait all day to eat… it would not be pretty.

I arrived this morning and was helped through the quick paperwork process and given a medical record card. I then waited for about 20 minutes (I was 40 minutes early) and was then guided by a nurse (who would end up being my nurse the whole time) to give urine and stool samples first.

Have you ever had to give a stool sample? I have not, until today… and I am not a person that can just poo on demand… sorry if that is TMI, but I guess I am getting close to an age where this will be a common practice? Will I need to become adept at going number 2 in a cup for every year from here on out? I hope not…  it seriously took me a whole day to work it out!

Sorry for that detour. After I returned with my lab cups, I was measured and weighed (I have lost 8 pounds since being back in Thailand! Woot Woot!) and taken for my blood work. I had one vial of blood drawn and they tested everything under the sun as far as I could tell. Then I was ushered for an EKG, then a chest x-ray. After the chest x-ray I was finally allowed to eat and drink, I was given 15 minutes before my next test! Sweet hallelujah! A wonderful thing about this medical check is that they also give you 100 baht (about $3) in food from their vegetarian cafeteria.   I ran over there and grabbed some fresh pineapple juice and a couple of carrot muffins. I would have had some of their curry, which was highly recommended to me, but it was just too early in the day for me to have spicy curry. Ack, here I am digressing about the food again…

The full list of what I had done today.
The full list of what I had done today.

After I inhaled my food, I went back and met up with my nurse again, she led me to the Gynecologists office, where after waiting for 20 minutes, I was brought in for a full annual exam. I found it very interesting that they gave me a large sarong sack to wear on my lower half, it was so much more comfortable than those horrible paper sheets that tear so easily back home. I know, I keep getting side-tracked, but these kind of things are note-worthy in my opinion.

I was then shown to another doctors office by my nurse, who gave me all the results of the tests that I had completed (yep, no stool sample yet) and also gave me copies of them all as well. After that, I was finally able to give the final sample needed… Success!!! How embarrassing. And I was done.

I have a coupon for a dental exam that was included in the price, but I was ready to be home, so I will go back for that some time later this week.

All of what I had done today (plus the dental check later on) only cost 3920 baht ($122.00 USD) and I was done within three hours. I cannot even fathom how much time and money it would have cost in America  for what I had done today. I am so thankful that there is wonderful medical care here that is also so affordable!

And now for the results, because I know you all are wondering! As it turns out, I am perfectly healthy! Also I am O Negative blood type. Interesting, right?!

So as it stands with my exhaustion and this cough that seems to keep coming back, I guess I will just have to wait it out. I have started taking an excellent multi-vitamin that has iron, the B’s, D, magnesium, and zinc along with all the other normal stuff that multi-vitamins usually have. I have been taking that along with Evening Primrose supplements for 3 days now, and I think things are looking up! I will keep you all updated as things get better and better (because I refuse to let them get worse!).

Have you ever had a medical check up in a foreign country? What was your experience?



  26 comments for “Wednesday Write-Up: From Stem to Stern-My Medical Check

  1. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
    July 9, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Yay for good results! Put it down to toddler fatigue then. (And ageing – you not-yet-35-year-old 🙂 .)

    I cannot imagine the stool sample thing I’ve never done it. It must feel good to be a universal blood donor. I’ll remember that in the event of a zombie apocalypse – you can definitely be on my team.

    • andthreetogo
      July 9, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      Sounds like a good plan to me… We must always be prepared for the zombies! I have to stop getting tattoos so I can actually give blood 🙂

      • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
        July 9, 2014 at 10:41 pm

        In the zombie apocalypse that will be less important.

        Although you might have been talking about a non-zombie apocalypse situation.

  2. Friend
    July 10, 2014 at 12:28 am

    So glad to hear of all the positive results of your tests Jen. How good of God to give you such a great experience in your exam. It was very interesting to read of Thai procedures and cost! How wonderful. Praying you will get your energy and verve back soon!

    • andthreetogo
      July 10, 2014 at 8:01 am

      Thanks friend! God is so good!

  3. joylovestravel
    July 10, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Sounds super efficient and well organised! Glad all is well from one O negative to another!

    • andthreetogo
      July 10, 2014 at 8:04 am

      O negatives unite! Lol 🙂

  4. Cyndie Tobin
    July 10, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Yeah, good news. You might want to check on your electrolyte levels and/or take sea salt tablets or cell salts. Hot weather depletes you and causes tiredness even if you are in air conditioned spaces. I’ve always heard that if you put a sea salt tablet in your mouth and it tastes good, your body wants it.

    • andthreetogo
      July 10, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Oh that sounds like a good idea! It makes a lot of sense! I will try it! Thanks auntie!

  5. freebutfun
    July 10, 2014 at 2:00 am

    We had a detour to a hospital in Bangkok too just when we were about to leave the country, and have to say the same thing: the care and treatment was excellent!

    Happy to hear it’s nothing serious you’ve come down with. But even nothing serious can be very annoying, so get better soon!

    • andthreetogo
      July 10, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  6. thriftytravelmama
    July 10, 2014 at 2:39 am

    So very glad you are “normal” 🙂 and that you had such a great experience. And you are right – it would be scary to compare the costs of the same procedures in the US! What a nice surprise to get a sarong for the annual exam. In Germany, you get nothing – not even a scratchy paper gown!

    • andthreetogo
      July 10, 2014 at 8:07 am

      Oh my, really?! I am not embarrassed by being seen by the doctor, but I do like having some coverage… Now I am wondering why I like the coverage… Hmmmm. Must just be something I am used to or something. I certainly wasn’t covered when I had my daughter… Haha. 🙂

      • thriftytravelmama
        July 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

        It’s just something about having the option, right?
        Oh my, yeah, modesty just flies out the window during birth. At least I was used to that after two other babies :).

  7. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    July 10, 2014 at 3:25 am

    What an experience! No. You will never get that here. Our system is broken by bureaucracy. Don’t settle for feeling bad if “there is nothing.” Don’t settle. And lol! We always send the stool specimen cup home with the patient!

    • andthreetogo
      July 10, 2014 at 8:08 am

      I think that would be a better idea! So much pressure. Haha.
      I am going to see if the vitamins help and if not… I am going to start with eliminations in my diet… I am really hoping the vitamins will work though.

      • thehomeschoolingdoctor
        July 10, 2014 at 8:11 am

        Time will tell!

  8. 5sOnTheFly
    July 10, 2014 at 11:03 am

    So glad to hear you have a clean bill of health! The medical system in Thailand definitely does sound pretty great. We are taking advantage of our three months in one place here in Merida, Mexico to get in a dental visit and vaccines; we have also been impressed with the short waits and reasonable prices compared to the US. We had planned to take care of all this while we were in Vegas, but we ran out of time. In the end, it was for the best 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      July 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

      I would definitely agree that it was for the best. Medical and dental care, especially dental care, is sooo expensive in the States!

  9. The Vanilla Housewife
    July 10, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Good to hear everything is okay! I laughed at stool exam because that is a common requirement over here if you are employed. Annual physical check-up includes stool exam and the most dreaded one for most of us. 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      July 10, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Oh my! I would keep the same job forever!

  10. thankfultravelers
    July 10, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    That sounds so incredible efficient! We could certainly take lessons there!
    Thankful there is nothing bad bad. Praying for total restoration of feeling great!

    • andthreetogo
      July 11, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Thanks mom!

  11. Sue Slaght
    July 12, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Glad to hear that all the tests came back fine. Sounds very efficient and inexpensive. don’t know if you consider Canada a foreign country. We are quite fortunate here as there is no charge for medical services, although dental is not included. Here one takes the container home to give the stool sample. 🙂 Thankfully.

    • andthreetogo
      July 12, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Do people from outside Canada also get free care? I’m curious.
      It would have been a lot less pressure to do the sample at home. 🙂

      • Sue Slaght
        July 12, 2014 at 8:05 pm

        No I am afraid you need to live here and have a provincial health card. The card is free I think in all provinces.
        Yes definitely more relaxing to perform the deed in the privacy of one’s own home. 🙂

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