Doctors Mom Mike and Chris
Doctors Mom Mike and Chris
I often post a problem on this Travelogue, and readers give me great advice, 85 percent of the advice is off-topic. Nevertheless, this is the job of a critical thinker, to separate noise from chaff, to harvest the wheat in the middle of a windstorm.
One great thought can change the world!
Mom is for ideas
Mike is an expert in Sciatica exercises
Chris is for ideas, and points me well.
Readers are for ideas.
I think you call this an inversion table, a person who works out way more than normal would understand. You use this to exercise your stomach muscles, to get a six-pack if you comprehend.
My friend Mike has one of these tables; I got on it the last time I was in the USA to see if it relieved pressure on my hipbone. I worked out daily for about 15 years.
Bauang or San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Ok, I am here in San Fernando, La Union Philippines trying to visit a Physical Therapist, a little Medical Tourism here in the Philippines.
I got on Skype.com yesterday, called my friend Mike in Fort Wayne, Indiana and learned something. Mike is a Sciatica expert. Now, he told me his Chiropractor taught him all the exercises. I have been warned not to use a Chiropractor and this is good advice. A stupid anyone can cause me more harm than good, I have already hurt my back just trying to stretch it, a person must be careful.
I AM NOT A NORMAL PHLIPPINES EXPAT
I am not a fat, ugly, beer drinking, cigarette smoking pool player that has never exercised in their life unless forced by the Military. I am 100 percent opposite, I played all the sports, high jumped and pole vaulted in high school, I for some reason an in a the body of a 53 year old man, truly and annoyance.
11 years of travel has destroyed my body, I have specific muscle groups that have atrophied, I am very strong, but not in comparison to 11 years ago.
The problem with travel is you leave all your friends who are smart and are surrounded by idiots…. That is until you find new smart friends; generally, idiots surround me because they outnumber the smart friends.
Skype.com is the solution to keeping your smart friends close, however difficult to find hotels with Internet that functions and cheap.
I am in the Lorma Hospital trying to interview all the Doctors to see if they are on the side of smart or idiot. I am strict, I expect way too much from people and I get it.
I have found two Doctors that know more than most and speak English good enough to diagnose something, not everything. Their English is great, and if you have lower back pain, something Sciatica, this is a cheap resource.
Doctor Edward Chiu, Orthopedic something.
300 Pesos per visit or about six dollars.
Doctor Acacia, a female Physical Therapist
250 Peso per visit about five dollars
I made a mistake on Hotels, I should have gotten a Hotel closer to the Hospital, it takes me about 30-60 minutes to get to the Hospital through the horrible traffic, and I am going to find a nice hotel close to the Hospital.
Pain of Trip problem, if you want to exercise, work out, get in good shape, you need to live close to the gym. I need physical therapy and I need to blast my muscle groups, I need to stretch and do it right. Well, the time added up, one hour to go, one hour to return and one hour to exercise adds up to three hours.
This is a lot of time spent jacking around and not effective or efficient, I need to shorten this time. On the other side, I do get to visit all the small shops and learn how Jeepneys and Tricycle Taxis work.
As best I can surmise, it cost 60 Pesos to take a Taxi from the Bali Hai East Hotel to the Lorma Medical Center, I will try it today. This is about 1.50 dollars, not a big expense.
I was laughing, I am a lightweight compared to all the Expats of Americans around here, and I am small person in compared to them. I do not think many of them can lower themselves into a tricycle taxi or climb into a jeepney. They are fat impaired, truly a problem in the Philippines and good reason for them to play pool and not move.
Fun crap, and interesting, I am hyped up, ready to kill a bear, I am going to solve this body problem, there is zero reason to accept I am 53 years old, especially in the Philippines.
I do have trouble ignoring the obese men around me, and to keep my mouth shut, but so be it.
I say I am fat, but to me 5 pounds is too much, I am 20 pounds overweight as I sit here, this will be gone in the next 30 days.
Doctors Mom Mike and Chris
I am in the Philippines.
I sometimes am in Thailand.
These types of comments are on topic and typical of travelers or tourist who come to these countries. I allow more of this crap when in these two countries because I would not want YOU to come here by accident thinking different.
I want you to know what to expect.
Chuck is the champion of wrapping wisdom inside a pig ear, although I am think on this particular point he was way over the edge.
I moderate under two major delete notions, you will get deleted if:
2. You are trying to provoke me to be angry.
3. Blatant attempts to advertise a link without adding any good comments.
Saying - Your site is great... hehehe, then putting in the link, they do not lend to the discussion.
Other than that, I normally let them fly.
Hey, I feel great, I got him to stop referring to the Boys dressed like Girls, and now he is contributing more and winding people up less. Wisdom is not always pretty.
Andy, Youre in PAIN and have every right to be a bit extra surly and opinionated about the majority of single or recently hooked up male visitors to S.E Asia.NOT to diminish your self diagnosises and feeling out intellgence of the various experts and doctors you are seeing as I do exactly the same I do remember a Howard Stern interview regarding back pain. More or less the doctors hed interviewed said back pain was psychosomatic. An example was made of coolies in Asia who carry huge weight on their backs and how strong the human back muscles were and how sometimes when someone is NOT so happy with some facet of their life their mind somehow tricks their body into being an obstacle. Another thing came to mind, there was a best selling author who wrote a book on the benefitrs of jogging who died of a heart attack while jogging at a relatively young age, late 40s to mid-50s. One thing I have noticed during the brief periods of time I remained sober or without any kind of mood enhancer was that I took things and life SO SERIOUSLY , lacked a sense of humor, became more obsessively detail and task oriented that Id drive my wife and others near me crazy. But then again I also notiuced an incredble CLARITY almost like a psychic thing using daily events to direct my future paths in life and choices.
Food for Thought! Andy, HOPE you are feeling better ASAP. Nothing meant as any sort of criticism as YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE as each of us like Popeye the Sailor man said,I YAM WHAT I YAM.
Yes, this is all my opinion, and I do edit my thoughts to make anyone happy. This is the reason people read my blog, to find the truth without the crap.
Website are about 90 percent misreprentation, my writing will always irritate readers, it does not fit into the stereotype the readers expect. If you read my writing, you are forced to think and feel...
Oops, I am sorry, this is the goal of writing.
Disagree jerks, but think, do not be fat, stupid slugs.
I am living a life less normal, this is not a pipe dream, it does mean you have to walk on a different side of the road than most people. I live a simple life, I call it crap when I see crap, I call it work when it is work, and I am not trying to make friends out of the world. I have no plans to love by all people, this would mean I was a liar.
Sorry Vic I havent heard much from Howard Stern since 2004 when we sold our house in CT and moved back to the Philippines. Started listening to him and read all his and Robins books and watched his film from 95 when we moved our daughter back to USAS public School in Santa Cruz, Ca near the beach. From 99 to 2000 when we homeschooled our daughter for a year while traveling around the world we came back and was disappointed about his divorce but still listened to his show sometimes. Heard his interview with Eric Dexter ( Eric and Mac Horns sex around the world website - dont think its allowed to post the their site ) . Anyway SO WHAT did Howard say about the Philippines? Nothing hed say would surprise me.