This is my first report coming straight at ya right out of Moscow. I’ve been here a for three days now and admitted yesterday. I thought I’d share some of my initial thoughts.
First is that Dr. Fedorenko is fantastic guy. He’ll do whatever it takes to make his patients feel as comfortable as he can. Also one thing I thought was interesting was during a conversation about the procedure he gave props out to Dr. Burt. Thought that was cool.
The first thing that people need to be aware of is that there is a huge language barrier in Moscow. I’m not talking about just the hospital, but really everywhere I’ve been in the past few days. I’ll talk specifically about the hospital itself. I’ve only met two people that speak English, Dr. F and a young lady that works in the x-ry office. It’s a little frustrating when someone is talking to you or them and you’re acting it out with your arms. This is a hurdle that can be overcome though.
The second thing that I’ve come in contact with is the food. If you’re a picky eater, be aware that the food may freak you out a little bit. I’m trying to keep an open mind and do the best I can at eating most of the food. It may be a challenge at times. Also you get delivered food 4 times a day. Breakfast is around 8:30 am, snack at noon, lunch at 2 pm and then dinner around 6:30 pm.
That’s my first observations so far. The first day getting settled in was a little overwhelming but it’s better now. I have to go through a bunch of tests this first week. I’ve completed a swab test, blood draw, ultrasound of my stomach region, x-ray of my nasal area and an ECHO. I have a few more tests like a MRI and then we’ll see if there is anything that might disqualify me. I don’t see that happening. I think I’ll probably start the first phase this coming week. I’ll keep you all updated the best that I can. If anyone has questions, please let me know. I’ll give you all the info that I can to the best of my knowledge.
Thanks for staying tuned. Aloha!