On the mountain road between Lushoto and Mombo, Tanzania.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Tanga City, Tanzania.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Dar es Salaam on March 8th.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Appointment with the hospital

Not an emergency though... don't worry! Full story below.

Yesterday was an interesting day. We had to get a legal file printed off and mailed back to Canada. Just some stuff related to Ruth's father's estate. So we had to find somewhere to do that. I thought about a library, and a computer store, or an internet cafe but couldn't find any decent looking options using google maps in the town we are in. Guaranteed there would be somewhere, but instead we chose to drive a half an hour to the larger town of Kumluca.

We found somewhere to park close to the downtown, and just started walking around, looking for somewhere that might do the job. Just by luck, Ruth poked her head into a shop that looked like it was a local office supply, school supply type of place. He had a big photocopy machine, and I asked through google translate if he could print off a file from email. I sent him the file, and sure enough he got it done, and sold us an envelope as well.

Then I tried to find a post office. Google maps kept directing me towards a bank, and when we got there, what looked like a bank was closed for lunch. (Later we realized that this was actually a post office!) I thought that was odd, but we there was another post office mentioned in the town we are staying, so we went back there. Sure enough, what google has labeled as being a bank is actually the Turkish Post Office... PTT for short. It cost 5.5 lira ($0.90 CAD, $0.70 USD) to mail the letter back to Canada. 

It will be interesting to see how long it takes to get there. Not that it matters, we have already emailed copies back to the lawyers office.

Okay, on to our medical story...

Turkey is one of the cheapest places in the world to get corrective eye surgery done. In fact, they even have special packages that include the surgery and accommodation and everything for people who come here for medical tourism.

We both hate having to wear glasses. But the cost of getting this stuff done in Canada is ridiculous. We've thought about getting it done in Mexico, but we just never made the effort to look into it. But when we met Joe and Josee when we were in Kas, she told me that she had looked into it, and gave me some info that I followed up on.

The hospital group I chose has several locations in Turkey and combined, they perform 2,500 eye surgeries per month on foreign patients!

Not only do they perform laser eye surgery, but they also do lens replacement surgery for those who are not suitable candidates for the laser. It's all very high tech! I hadn't really done any research on it, but now that we have an appointment to see a doctor we have been educating ourselves.

We have an appointment on Thursday in Antalya. We are already booked for a two week stay there, partly because we are hoping to get our eyes fixed in that time. If we have to stay longer, we can.

We will be seeing Dr. Hakan Sivrikaya for our initial appointment. He speaks fluent Turkish, English, Russian, and German.

The initial appointment costs 360 lira ($58 CAD, $45 USD), and the cost to fix our eyes should be between 7,000 lira to 15,000 lira ($1,100 to $2,400 CAD, $900 to $1,900 USD) per person depending on what needs to be done. 

The initial appointment cost is applied to the towards the total treatment cost if you get it done within 10 days.

So, interesting stuff and we look forward to reporting back to you next Thursday!

Ruth made a delicious baked salmon last night. I am so lucky to be married to a good cook!


We are under voluntary quarantine again for the weekend. But, it's pouring rain outside, so it's a good time to be on lockdown!

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10 comments:

  1. If only the place setting lived up to the quality of the meal (lol).

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    1. Yeah, things like that are lacking in this place. They don't even have any table knives at all, and only 3 of these glass plates and 4 glass soup style bowls! We are making do though. :-)

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  2. Dinner look gorgeous.

    Friend would be very interested in eye surgery.

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    1. It was delicious! :-)

      We will give you a full update after we have our checkup and then IF we do go ahead with the procedure we will also give you a full update on that too.

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  3. Being able to get Sunglasses off the rack and getting Reading Glasses next to them is a total life changer. Consider it a Health Improvement but just remember to get the Glasses Required Restriction removed from your driver's licenses when you return to Canada.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the experiences.

    It's about time.

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    1. Yes, we are looking forward to just getting normal sunglasses again. Hopefully we won't have to worry about the reading glasses but we have heard that it is different for everyone.

      I don't have that restriction on our driver's licenses to begin with!

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    2. One thing you might consider asking the eye doctor is the effect of the high mountain altitudes, and also the exertion of climbing, on very recent eye surgeries. That might be crucial to your Tanzania plans. I hope all goes well....

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    3. This is already on our list of questions to ask. We are thinking that altitude might not have a huge impact because many people are flying in for the surgery which means they are also flying out. Now exertion at high altitudes might be a different story but yes, it is a question that we definitely want to have answered beforehand. Thanks for mentioning it to us. :-)

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  4. Haha, I was going to mention the tiny plate and funky silverware also, but someone beat me to it. Looks like a great dinner, but sorry the kitchenware is lacking. Will be interesting to hear about your eye surgery consultations!

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    1. Yeah, things were definitely lacking in that department and we sent a note to our host so that he could stock the kitchen a little better to the next guests. At least the oven worked, it operated at little too hot though so I had to remember to keep a very close eye on what I was cooking in it.

      Our appointment for our consultation for the eye surgery is tomorrow morning, we will make sure to report back with the results. :-)

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