Busy Day… “Fit at Last”
Last night I am with the ‘big bosses’, we stayed at a condo unit. We played a card game called ‘tong-its’ (I lose about P400). They ordered food yet I am limited to fish and brocolli. I arrived home past 12 midnight.
Early morning I went to SM Lazo medical clinic (I missed one station of the LRT, I am supposed to disembark at Pedro Gil, but for some reason I got occupied with someone, only to find out the train is moving towards the next station – Quirino. I walked back.)
I arrived at the clinic before 8:00 AM, only to find out that the staffs are celerating a mass, and will start office at 9:00 AM.
In order not to waste time, I decided to renew my NBI Clearance, I thought I was lost when the cab driver did not drop me at the area I am familiar the establishment is located along Taft Avenue. But was surprised when he pointed the old building at Carriedo in Santa Cruz Manila. Now here is the bad part, each and every applicants are required to pay 20 Pesos to enter the premises in exchange for a ‘stub’. (Hmm… imagine if there are a modest 1,000 applicants a day in that area, NBI can collect 20,000 Pesos per day for this stub).
I decided not to pursue my plans there at it is so crowded, I estimated myself to finish the process till after noon. There is a long queue for the payment of fees, and another long queue for the verification/mugshot.
I went back to the clinic instead, which I conveniently did thru the LRT at Carriedo Station. I should have done that going there if only I knew the new renewal center is located there. Anyhow, this time I did not miss the correct station.
Back at the clinic, I found that my card has a mark, “For Liver UltraSound” I ask the receptionist handling IPAMS account if she is employed with IPAMS or with SM Lazo. She responded that she is connected with the clinic. I explained to her my case, that I had a second opinion with my blood works and the findings are totally different. Obviously she is not in position to discuss this matter with me so she directed me to the doctor at the 2nd floor.
At the waiting area, I am overhearing similar predicaments from patients with different findings from SM Lazo and with other clinics they consulted. When I was called by the doctor, I showed her the lab result from other clinic and the PRC License of my wife as a Dietitian/Nutritionist while explaining that I underwent a low cholesterol diet program and weight management exercise. I further explained to her my position and my inquiry on the big discrepancy between their lab’s findings versus from other clinic. Our discussions is going in circle, and I can sense the lady doctor is beginning to get annoyed so she instead asked me to talk to the medical director at the 5th floor. I went to see their director but unfortunately was on-leave, thus I was entertained by his deputy (again at the waiting area, I can hear laments from patients of having different clinical findings). For another time, I explained and raised my points. It is but usual that I hear the same line of defense from the earlier doctor. In the end I agreed to have myself be subjected to a liver ultrasound (and payment thereof of P400). My weight was re-measured and found I am losing a couple of kilos.
I went to the 3rd floor for ultrasound, where the doctor in-charge had diagnosed me to have “mild fatty liver” yet everything else is normal. I was instructed thereafter to consult again the doctor at the 2nd floor. Perhaps the first doctor I met do not intend to see me again, a different doctor was assigned to me (this time male). I presented him the result of the ultrasound and the findings from other clinic. This time the doctor’s tone is a bit positively different. After long discussion it became evident that I am fit-to-work. I even asked him if I need to have medications, he simply mentioned that it is optional, but recommended to continue my diet and exercise.
Fit at last!