Let’s start the day bright and early with a little bit of a chuckle, shall we? Not typical marketmanila fare, but my experiences with doctors/nurses often turn into amusing vignettes, read a good one here, so I thought I would share this. :) I figured the Christmas holidays are a pretty deadly combination of too much rich food and a restricted exercise regimen, so I decided to get a blood test today to see my numbers at their worst, and to scare myself into action for the rest of the year after my doctor sees the results. I called our usual blood-sucking sukis over at LCM, a laboratory that does home service, and they promised to send a nurse at 7am today, Tuesday.
The doorbell rang at 7am sharp, a properly garbed nurse made her way into our dining room, and I sat down and prepared to give up some blood. It was so early that I barely noticed that the nurse had arrived with three other companions, all dressed like nurses/medical personnel. At first I thought they might be new nurse trainees, so I smiled and let them watch me going through the motions of taking a blood sample. I briefly toyed with the idea of screaming loudly when pricked by the needle, but thought that would be mean, and besides, it was just too early in the day… Then I realized they were wearing “Lifeline Arrows” uniforms, an emergency ambulance company that covers our area, so I thought it was just some new procedure…
Vials of blood harvested from my veins, a quick BP (blood pressure count) of 110/80 and I paid the bill and the four nice folks were shown to the door. It was only at this point that I noticed there was a full-fledged ambulance out front, emblazoned with the Lifeline Arrows logos, and with EMERGENCY painted all over them. Apparently a small crowd of neighbors and assorted passersby/gawkers were looking curiously at our gate/home, wondering what bloody emergency might be underway! Was it the guy who heads off to the market at 5:45am who had a heart attack when he realized he left his tomatoes at the market? Were major body parts severed by a kitchen gadget? I jest, of course, and I am grateful for their concern, but what a mini-spectacle!
Apparently, all because LCM, the medical testing company, and Lifeline Arrows (the ambulance/emergency company) are now affiliated/merged together. So when a request for a blood test comes in, and their normal nondescript service vehicles aren’t available, they apparently hitch a ride on a Lifeline Arrows ambulance to do the tests! Yikes. I suppose I should be thrilled that there was a fully equipped ambulance outdoors should I have needed it after my blood test. Only in the Philippines… :)