Right now, our family is supposed to be in Nepal, soaking up a new culture and eating new foods. Instead, we’re still in Delhi, our trip put on hold because I was the lucky winner of a three day/two night all expense paid (sponsored by Cigna insurance) stay at one of the country’s finest hospitals!
Things I found particularly interesting about the hospital:
- Parking is RS20 (less than fifty cents) per 8 hours. The US could learn from that!
- They have an exterminator come daily to spray for mosquitos. After the initial shock that they were spraying toxins around all of the sick people, I became thankful due to the fact that in the room next door the patient likely had a mosquito born disease such as malaria or typhoid.
- Tea is delivered at 4:30 am in order to awake you for your morning vital checks, subsequent visits by housekeeping, etc. The first morning I was sure that it was a mistake and someone next door had ordered chai. But no.
- Doctors give you their cell phone numbers. Great right? Just remember that’s why they’re constantly taking phone calls during your appointments or consultations.
- No one wears gloves. Not even the one putting in your iv or taking your blood.
My left kidney was swollen and a kidney stone was lodged in the ureter tube. Never a dull moment!
Rather than head to the hospital and take any doctor, we decided to make an appointment with a doc who knows my extensive health history and allergies. While we waited for the appointment, I visited with my mom about home remedies and drank a concoction of 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup coconut oil. And waited. No change.
When we arrived at the hospital for the appointment, the doctor had canceled his schedule for the day for personal reasons. I ended up going potluck with the doctor after all and upon examination was told it was an emergency to be admitted into the hospital to resolve the blockage.
After lots of tests, fights about refusing antibiotics that I have severe allergies to, one night “sleeping” in a hospital bed with my toddler on one side and iv on the other, one night alone with no electronics or even a book, 4:30 am chai deliveries without requests, 3 CT scans because the staff made mistakes, refusal of more CT scans because of radiation, etc., etc., I begged to be released and do the rest of examination as an outpatient! I was released Monday evening and am happily resting at home. I am rid of the blockage and stone (thank you lemon juice and oil) and will continue other tests as needed.
And for all of your curious minds. From my experience: Natural childbirth pain > Kidney stone pain.