"This life therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal, but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed." --Martin Luther

Saturday, September 12, 2009


I had a mole burnt off on Monday. I have had this raised mole on the inside of my elbow for quite sometime. I just happened to notice it was a different color a few weeks ago and it looked suspicious. Lori has had quite a few removed so I had her look at it and she said yup, get it checked out. So we went in Monday to have it looked at. We had brought Hailey to the ER on Sunday because she was having stomach pain and fever that had been going on and off for 5 days. We found out Monday morning it was a raging urinary tract infection. The doctor looked at my mole and said she’d take it off, make an appointment. Lori was next and she needed hers taken off, but the dr. wanted a specialist to do it due to its location. She called to get Lori in and asked if he’d do mine too, so we got appointments for that night.
He took one look and said my mole was fine, actually more of a wart-thing. So he would just burn it off, not cut out. I went to the treatment room to wait. He came a few minutes later and gave a shot of something like novacane, but stronger! I didn’t feel a thing about a second after he injected it. Then the nurse comes and tells me about something she is going to put on my leg. It was like a big brown square paddle thing that she put a bunch of Vaseline on. Then she put it on my leg and wrapped it up with a towel. I had no idea what she was doing. She explained it was so I wouldn’t get big shocks. What?! Apparently they were basically burning the mole with electricity. It took all of 3 minutes to do and I just have a burn mark on my elbow that will heal in a few days. Very weird. Total cost-less than $100.
Hailey is doing much better. She really hates the medicine, but the doctor said it really was a bad infection and wants lab work on Monday just to be sure she is okay. All her labs and dr. visits related to this illness for one month-$65 visitor fee. And yes, they did the standard malaria test that is included in every visit.
The doctors here answer their own phones, set up appointments for you themselves and even call you from the waiting room! Quite a different experience. I suppose they have to do it that way to keep the prices down

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