by Ryan Trinidad
Today I visited the local clinic in the Black Rock neighborhood. With a major climate change and difference in my diet, came some feelings of tiredness and dizziness. I have been having these feelings for the last few days and thought I was just tired because of the heat. But I was doing everything right, eating as much as I could, drinking lots of water, taking vitamins every morning. I knew something was wrong when I went to get lunch and felt like I was going to faint.
The clinic was very full with many people waiting to get checked. I finally was able to sign in and talk to the lady at the front desk. Apparently international insurance doesn’t pay in a timely manner, 6-8 months according to the doctor. Which was unacceptable to her, and I agree, so I was forced to pay my bill out of pocket. After a long wait, I was finally called to the back where I waited even longer for the doctor. She was very nice and knew exactly what she was doing. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with a low sodium count, resulting in a dramatically low blood pressure. I also had a clogged left ear, which threw off my equilibrium. A combination of the two would have resulted in me fainting if I didn’t visit the clinic today. Thankfully i went when I did.
The doctor was fine, but everything else was “different” to say the least. The wait was lengthy, the facility seemed really small and not as clean as it could have been, and my “global” insurance didn’t cover my fee. More is to be thankful for in this situation though. I didn’t faint, and I know what to do to get better.