From the visit accounted for on the 21st April entry, I was booked for a certain GMOPD (GM Outpatient Department) 7 days from then and was sent home with pretty much same tablets. While I was happy for the treatment, I could not say the same of the appointment – mainly due to the same concerns expressed on the above noted diary entry. This I accordingly commucated to my brother amongst others. This morning (being the morning of the said appointment date), I received the following message (via the LC Messenger) from him: “the day of the GM appointment”. Probably seeking to hear if I was up and preparing. And below was my reply:
“Morning and true. Having some good ideas of not honoring it. Several factors influenced the resolution. But the greatest of them is a concern to have to be attended to by female carers even in sensitive operations. Both the anticipated checkup procedures seem to involve the loosing of cloths (probably just shirts though) and I am still not sure if this is not partly to blame on the patient in the event that an opposite gender is present and….
Well we got these medium release tablets yesterday upon which we have a fair hope. After all, once the checkup is finally/fully done, I shall either have to choose between daily treatment or surgery still. And yes surgery is sadly just as involved and hence medical care providers of the opposite gender are dreaded still.
I am dreaming (affordability is dependent) of seeing a private Cardiologist early next month – at least these should be ready to heed gender preference requests than state center carers as you pay the bill/invoice. I hear its around R2K. Surgery is even more pricey but the option of daily treatment is an acceptable alternative to it (though it be preferred). Yes we continue to look up to God for the whole – and wait thus on him.”
Yes it is a subject we (myself and him) had only touched briefly some time ago. I therefore cannot predict exactly his position on the matter but we should hopefully discuss it further over the phone soon. May the Lord show mercy overall in Christ Jesus’ name.