Thursday, 30 December 2010

1st Appointment

As mentioned in a previous post, we chose our clinic based on its excellent English language website. It just so happens that it is also one of the most 'famous.' In Konglish, 'famous' translates to popular and/or best. It certainly was popular. On a random Thursday morning between Christmas and New Year, it was amazingly busy. I commented on this fact to the nurse, and her reply was 'we're very famous for our work'.

This 'very famous' clinic is at the CHA hospital, in Gangnam, Seoul. The international clinic nurses were excellent, spoke excellent English, and walked us around the hospital, showing us where to go and translating forms and stuff where needed.

To be honest, apart from a couple of forms, we managed well enough without translation. Generally Koreans speak enough English to get by, and doctors usually have a very good level. The other good thing about the Korean health service is that things move very quickly. We'd made appointments, and I imagine without them it would have been a little slower, but we were seen on time.

My husband's consultation went as expected. Fill in the form, see the doctor, give a 'sample.' Unfortunately he didn't take a picture of the room, but says it was like a love motel with a lounge chair and a TV with only one channel - showing porn of course. The nurse was very careful about confirming his identity before putting the stickers on his 'cup,' which is reassuring.

My own consultation also went more or less as expected - I suppose because I've done my research. I did have a nasty shock when the doctor said he wanted to do a hysterosalpino-contrast sonogram, immediately. Now, as I understand it, this procedure is quite painful. I suspected he would want to do one, as taking my word for it that I need IVF without any English or Korean medical records wouldn't make him a very good doctor. Luckily, he decided to put this painful test off til next cycle, so now I have that to look forward to.


Conversation sample about HyCoSy:

Me: Is it painful?
Doc: Sure

long pause

Me: Do I get an anaesthetic?
Doc: Sure... well, painkillers.

pause

Doc: People say it is the worse pain they have ever had and don't ever want to have that procedure again.

1 comment:

luckyme said...

Thank you for sharing your blog Kat. Your clinic sound very organised and as you say, despite the crappy situation, you really do have age on your side. I had a salpingogram (perhaps your test is more extensive) and read all sorts of horror stories and found it wasn't as bad as I anticipated. I took paracetamol and ibuprofen before hand and if I'd been more organised I would have got something codeine based from the pharmacy too. Good luck!