From a hospital bed
Hernia operation some time ago.
"An inguinal hernia is a protrusion of abdominal-cavity contents through the inguinal canal. They are very common (lifetime risk 27% for men, 3% for women), and their repair is one of the most frequently performed surgical operations." – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inguinal_hernia
Yesterday, I had a bilateral inguinal hernia operation. Since the hospital did not have wifi and/or I didn’t take a long my netbook and, maybe more to the point, I didn’t expect the to stay the night there, I could not post a problem.
Now, I am back home and here comes today’s problem a bit late.
When I came to Spain last fall I was granted membership to Spain’s social security system due to my lack of income. What I had in my bank account, a number between epsilon and delta, was never required information. When I got a job in December I got social securitiy membership as part of my job.
My medical expenses for my hernia problem:
Doctor appointment at my medical centre to report the problem. (a)
Doctor appointment with specialist to determine if an operation was called for. (b)
Hospital doctor appointment to determine the exact character of the problem. Here it was detected that I had two hernias, not one. (c)
Hospital blood test, x-ray, heart test for the operation. (d)
Hospital operation and room and food for 24 hours. (e)
Prescribed medicine to be used after the operation. (f)
Removing the metal stitches in a week. (g)
Evaluation by the hospital doctor in ten days. (h)
Estimate a-h. Please note that I have no other medical insurance than the one mentioned above.
I shared room with a waiter who was operated for the same problem. We wondered how it was to live hundred or more years back with this kind of problem. The image at the top gives a hint.