I wanted to write you and tell you that I am overall very happy with the results that I got, despite signs that may have pointed otherwise. I suppose that I was just scared and untrusting of foreign doctors, despite the research that I had done. (I think this has something to do with being American). And I didn’t know exactly what to expect or what was normal post operation. I had so much to lose had things gone wrong – most importantly my job. We are without sophisticated or private medical care. Our “medics” on base are our co-workers too. And here in Iraq, you are on your own, much like I was (initially in Thailand).
“…I was frightened my journey could turn into some horrific story of a naive, young girl who travelled to Thailand in the name of surgery at a lower price. Now I know this is not so. I smile so much more now, although I still feel a bit like Mr Ed. :)”
I wish my friend had not joined me. I felt pressured to get well too soon and to be ready to go out and adventure, only to be stuck in the room most of the time while she spoke to her boyfriend on the Internet. She dominated the trip, what I saw, what I did, and where I stayed. She acted as though I owed her something for her presence, when it was she that invited herself along for the trip just 2 weeks prior to my departure, with FULL knowledge of my agenda. She made me feel as though my choices were horrible. I suppose I wanted to be able to do it all too – get the work done, explore Thai culture, and sprinkle in some adventure.
Please send Doctor Chartchai my apologies, and let him know that I am pleased with the results I was frightened that my journey could turn into some horrific story of a naive, young girl who travelled to Thailand to be butchered in the name of surgery at a lower price. Now I know that this is not so.
Please know that I am thankful to you, Nong, the doctors, and all the staff at Bodyline Patient Care.
Tanya Taylor – USA