Privacy?

I have to tell you, the USA place high,high value on patient privacy rights. But here, not so.
I was in the doctor's office the other day sitting across the room from the receptionist. She says, "Ma'am Beth, how old are you?" I told her my age. Then she asked me my weight. Not wanting to broadcast that to the entire waiting room, I got up and sat in the chair next to her and answered her remaining questions. I'm sure everyone could still hear, but it made me feel better to not be talking across the room at her.
Afterwords, I was thinking to myself, "my,how I've changed." Four years ago I was appalled when this first happened. But now I know it is just part of life here!
(I was also pleased I could answer her height and weight questions in centimeters and kilos! That is the standard of measurement here!)

My Birthday Party

On Monday I will turn 51.
Mikayla planned a birthday party for me today.


James and I ready to go to the party!


Many of my friends holding up the Birthday Girl!


"Aunt Judy" and I. Judy helped Mikayla in planning
this party for me.

It is very special to me that my daughter took it upon herself to plan a party for me. She asked her "Aunt Judy", a wonderful friend here, to help her with the preparations. Mikayla baked lemon bars, brownies, and cookies for the party. Judy made cake and cookies, too. There was a veggie tray and punch.
It was fun to talk with friends and have some good laughs. I thank God for the blessings of friends and family. It has been a special afternoon for me.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.
Lord of all, to Thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.

Update on Flora Mae

In October I had blogged about Flora Mae and Rico. To read more of their story go to http://reachinternationalhealthcareandtraining.com/content/mae-and-rico
But I wanted to give this update to you on Flora Mae's surgeries!


Mae, our neighbor's foster child, has a walker now! She has had two surgeries to fix her leg that has been broken since she was 5 years old. She's doing extremely well since her surgery last week! She has an external fixator (since the first surgery last Dec), but is finally able to start learning to walk again. Doc's say maybe it can be removed in a couple of months. What a day that will be for this child who has been crippled since she was 5 yrs old!!

It is so cool how God works. That walker Mae is using had been given to her a few weeks ago by the landlord of the house Dr. Sam and Sherri rent! At the time it was given to Mae it didn't look like she'd be able to use it for a long time. But this past surgery found her leg healing up better than the doctors predicted, which has allowed for Mae to start practicing walking now!!!!

"Lord of all to Thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise..."

Drainage

The drainage system here is not the most efficient so when there is a heavy rain fall, the streets flood very easily.

Last night, Kurt, Kirsten and I were driving near a local mall during a very heavy downpour. As we slowly drove through the rain-flooded streets, the water was about 1 1/2 - 2 feet up the side of our car. Thankfully it didn't get into the car engine! We didn't stall!

The streets here flood easily. We are thankful our house is on top of a hill!!!

Filipino Driver's License

Well, after four years here, I took the plunge and got my driver's license today. You need to understand driving here is nothing like USA driving.
When we first moved here it looked so confusing and frustrating; but there really is a rhythm and rhyme to the flow (or non-flow) of the traffic - - you just need to remember not to be in a hurry going anywhere!!!!

_the waiting area at the LTO (Land Transportation Office)

Another angle of the LTO area. Thankfully, I was guided through the
process by a wonderful Filipino colleague who handles government
document issues for our organization. The whole process took about
three hours.