So shes been doing some part time nanny gigs and generally enjoying it and making a bit of pocket money.
But last week she took care of a child that was a bit ill with the flu or something. And I was thinking "oh no, hope she doesn't get it from the kid". And sure enough, seems shes gotten the flu or something.
The medical methodology for getting treatment over here is possibly lacking compared to Taiwan.
Because 3 days ago she complained about the possibility of having the flu. Headache, fever, throat pain. So we called up Kaiser (our health service provider). And they have a 24 hours hotline that is really pretty good in the sense that you can get to speak to someone quickly.
The receptionist talks to you a bit, makes sure she is talking to the person with that medical record number. Then she puts you through to a nurse practitioner. And the nurse said to come in the next morning for a quick throat swab to rule out Strep Throat.
Which we did yesterday morning. And got the results this morning of NEGATIVE. But strangely no meds were prescribed for her.
So by tonight her headache is three days long. Intermittent fever and still pained throat.
So called up the hotline again tonight and got a appt with the doc for tomo AM>
Ibuprofen and Aspirin don't seem to do anything cept cause her a tummy upset. And now we are having her take an acetaminophen 500mg to see if that works.
Hopefully a simple case of the common cold !
Now the methodology is different here. We have to call up the hotline and then have a chat with a nurse who then suggests a next step.
IN Taiwan you just go to the hospital nearest you, see the doc you want to see and you get a ton of meds.
Here you don't get any meds (which may actually be ok) but you go through the process.
ToMo we see the doc, after the nurse practitioner has ruled out strep throat. IN Taiwan an emergency room visit after hours will still be extremely reasonable in this case. But over here, even with health coverage that we have (which is on the high end) we still will have to pay 50 bucks for the Emergency room visit. Versus 10 bucks for the normal doc.
If you don't have any health coverage at all in CAlif. YOu can see a doc for free only if you collapsed in the street and you were deemed homeless. Otherwise a simple ER visit can be a huge bill.
My bud spent two hours in the Emergency room once, because he may have possibly had his fake hip joint slip out.
They just gave him 2 aspirins and held him for 2 hours in a room for observation.
The bill was 17,000 US dollars billed to his health carrier !!!!
Can you say ludicrous ?
p.s. oh the nurse tonight asked if the wife had been to West Africa lately? I wonder what sort of epidemic is going on over there in West Africa? Ebola? or what?
And i made a minor faux pax (not really intending anything evil) when i said "West Africa ? NO, but West Oakland YES". I meant it as that we haven't really traveled anywhere far. forgetting that we had been as far away as Monterey though. But i may have sub-consciously thought of West Oakland when West Africa came up because of the large number of black people living there. I am often in Oakland, but not West Oakland. And that is really what i meant. But I thought perhaps my saying West Oakland to the nurse tonight may be construed as less then PC ?
Now if MRS Clinton had said that, there goes her chance for winning the Presidency this next election.