Since that time, my doctor has been treating my heart condition with a combination of different medications. This includes very aggressive medicine to reduce my blood pressure to very low levels, a statin drug and continuing to keep my diabetes under good control.
Now, though, I need some further treatment. This year, 2016, has been a very expensive year for me, medically. For about the first 4 or 5 months of 2016, I was undergoing some fairly extensive treatments for my eyes due to Retinopathy. This included having surgery on my eyes 9 times so far this year. My eyes are starting to show some real signs of improvement now, though, so I am hoping that I will have put that episode behind me.
For my heart, right now, I need to have an angiogram, which is a test where they put a dye in your blood so that they can observe to see if there are any arterial blockages that are obstructing blood flow to my heart. This procedure is not so expensive, but if blockages are found then I need to immediately proceed to having angioplasty. Angioplasty is the procedure where they use balloons to open up your arteries and then place stents in your arteries to keep them open and keep the blood flowing. If this procedure is needed, I am looking at a cost of between P1 Million to P1.5 Million in order to get my health back and to stay alive. This is equivalent to between $21,000 to $32,000 in US Dollars. Because of the amount of money I have spent on my eyes this year, I just don’t have the money at this time.
I have PhilHealth insurance, but that has already been figured into the prices that I have given previously.
One of the problems or downsides of living in a foreign country like the Philippines is that health care can be tough. You can’t get a US health insurance policy and expect it to cover you here… it won’t. There are private insurance companies here in the Philippines, but it is expensive, and due to previous conditions it is doubtful that I could get such coverage anyway.
I am not the type of person that likes to ask for help from others, so this is very hard for me to do. But, I am going to ask my friends and readers here on this site and my other sites if they can help me out. If you feel you can help me out, I have set up a Go Fund Me (click on the Go Fund Me to make a contribution) page to collect funds from those who wish to help. I would really appreciate your assistance.
If you can pitch in and assist, I will be eternally grateful, and I will literally owe my life to your generosity. I have already gotten some help from local friends here in Davao (expats and Filipinos) and I am so grateful for that, but I need to supplement that so that I can move ahead with the life saving procedures that I need. I hope you understand.
I am not trying to pressure you, and I have no problems with those who cannot or choose not to contribute. If you can help, though, as I said, it would be appreciated greatly.
Right now, I am hoping to move forward with this procedure during the first week of October. I believe that I can be ready by then. My cardiologist is scheduling everything to take place during that week.
Thankfully, the procedure has become a fairly routine thing these days, and takes only between 30 minutes and 2 hours. Most cases are in the 30 minute category, it is the complicated cases that take longer. I am hoping that mine remains routine and is short. After having this procedure recover is quick, just a couple of days to a week. They say that you will feel like a totally different person after the procedure and getting your heart back to working as it should. So, I am hopeful and excited to get it done!
So, if I have helped you in any way in the past, answered questions for you, helped you with problems related to moving to the Philippines, or whatever, can you consider helping me? It would be a big thing to me, and I would be eternally grateful.
Thanks for listening.