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Seeking Plastic Surgery Abroad

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Few months ago, a friend’s father was seriously burnt and was admitted to the hospital for treatment. His father wanted to burn the pile of rubbish in one corner of the factory’s compound. The pile of rubbish was burning very slowly and he thought the fire was going to go out. Without realizing the danger, he went to get a can of remaining petrol from the store room and poured it on the pile of rubbish. All of a sudden, the fire burst out and spread up to him and his chest, arms, face, hair. Even his shirt was burnt. His scream was heard by his son who immediately rushed out to find his father rolling on the ground and immediately called the ambulance.

His father has been discharged from the hospital and has recovered from the ordeal of the fire accident. But the scars on his face and arms are quite unsightly and his family members are encouraging him to do plastic surgery. Being a businessman, he understands that it can be quite unpleasant for him and his clients to see his scars on his face.
My friend and his siblings are encouraging their father to take time off for a holiday. After all, he has been working very hard all these years. My friend suggested a holiday plus medical trip for his father and he mentioned 2 places in particular. The mother has a sister staying in Phuket and the father has a brother staying in South Korea. The parents can visit the aunt in Phuket and at the same time seek plastic surgery in Thailand. They can stay with their aunt and save on the hotel expenses. Plus, they will not be alone in a foreign land. Or they can choose to visit their uncle who is residing in South Korea and seek plastic surgery in South Korea. South Korea is well-known for plastic surgery and their uncle will be very happy to play host to them after all these years.

The parents agreed that what the son suggested sounds good to them. Meanwhile, they will have to get more details through medicaldeparture.com concerning the doctors and clinics and also the treatment concerned. After that, they will have to decide whether it is Thailand or South Korea. Both the aunt and uncle are happy to welcome them anytime. Whichever place they choose, my friend and his siblings will be comforted to know that their parents will not be alone.


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Prevent Yourself From Being Sick While Traveling

If you have health concerns, see your doctor before traveling.  Ask for advice and recommendations regarding your health issues to avoid major problem while you are on a trip or vacation.  If you are flying international, always secure an insurance.

There are many people who are, unfortunately, become ill while on travel.  Some may have gotten the sickness due to the irritants in the surroundings.  Others may already have been carrying an illness that is controllable.  But some of the illnesses just attack without warning.  Heart disease is an example.  So it is highly recommended to keep track of the blood pressure everyday.

Just recently I heard that two of my girl friends became widows.  Their husbands died due to blood clots in the artery.  It was extremely heartbreaking because my friend #1’s husband collapsed in the gym while they were doing workouts.  My friend #2’s husband was found lying in the kitchen floor.  Both died due to blood clot.

We cannot really tell what’s gonna happen. They said prevention is better than cure.  Yes, I agree.  To be able to prevent the illness from occurring or from getting worse, we should seek an advice from health professionals and be in the know about blood clot and it’s risks.

Made It Home Without The GPS

I went to see my doctor today.  I did not bring my daughter because the weather forecast said there’s 80% chances of rain Tuesday and Wednesday.  It would be inconvenient to take her with me to the doctor’s office while it’s raining.

You see, I am confident driving in heavy rains.  I have done that before but if there is someone who can take care of my baby while I am on the road, I will be worry-free.  Hubby came home from work to take care of baby while I was gone.

I took US380 to McKinney.  Thirty minutes is a long drive to me.  The purpose of meeting my OB-Gyn is to consult about family planning.  Hubby and I agreed to only have one child.  My doctor explained many things but she asked me three times.  Do I really want to do it?  I answered yes.

Going home, I took a different route.  Instead of going back to US380, I took the back roads going to Wylie.  Without the cheap GPS I bought from a friend, I tried using my memory for familiar signs and turns.  And I did it despite of a bad weather!

Support Your Local Community Pharmacy

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What I always pray to God is that each and everyone in my family stays healthy and well.  But we cannot avoid being sick.  Mild illness is fine because it can be treated with over the counter medicines.  With my grandfather’s situation, he has an illness that needs to be treated by prescription drugs.  He takes a few couple of medicines including vitamins.  My mother is the one in-charge in buying the prescriptions.  Sometimes my cousins contribute an amount of money in addition to our budget.  So saving money with prescription medicines is very important to our family because we do not have a lot of resources.  I wish my grandpa has a pharmacy benefit like most of the patients have here in the US.

Like in Walgreens Pharmacy, for example, we receive good prices on prescriptions.  Walgreens is working to keep their pharmacy patient customers by offering Walgreens Prescription Savings Club.  For $10 a year, a family membership covers everyone in your immediate family, including a spouse, dependents 22 and younger and pets. Individuals may join for $5. Join and receive discount prices on your prescriptions.  Other benefits include:

  • Savings on more than 8,000 brand-name and all generic medications
  • Discounts on flu shots, pet prescriptions, nebulizers and diabetic supplies
  • Bonuses when you purchase Walgreens brand products and photofinishing services

Though we are not a member yet, this is something to think and talk about.  Why is Walgreens coming up with such program?  Because Walgreens is not a part of Express Scripts’ network anymore.  And it is effective January 2012.  Is it a big deal?  You might ask.  The answer is, yes.  To understand more about the Walgreens and Express Script issue, please read the press release.  And you can find it at http://bit.ly/y6RTpL.

Express Scripts is one of the biggest pharmacy benefit managers in the United States.  Their primary responsibility is to process and pay prescription drug claims.  And Walgreens has been a part of Express Scripts pharmacy provider network for years.  Since they are not connected anymore, Walgreens Pharmacy patient customers whose prescription insurance plans are managed by Express Scripts, will be forced to find new pharmacists.  And I think it will give more hassle to the customers.  On the other hand, they can always request to mail the prescriptions to their homes.  But it might cost an extra money too.  Of course customers do not want to lose their benefits.  Valuing the local community pharmacy is also important to keep them continue to provide cheaper prescription medicines.

Anyway, this is why I am really wishing that we’ll have this type of benefit in my home country.  (Sigh).  Or, maybe we already have one in the Philippines that my family is not aware of.

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