Thoughts from Russia with Coffee…

A photo of a cup of coffee.
Coffee Time…

This morning while drinking my cup of coffee, I was thinking that it is time to winterize the village home. Other words, get it ready for the long Russian Winter…

Looks like we will try to do that this weekend because according to the Russian news this is going to be a Winter that we will not forget

That settled I thought about a very good article that I read yesterday. It was about the doctor care in Russia. It was called, Limitations of Russian Medical Care by American Russia Observations Blog…

Robert MacDonald the owner of the blog has a flare for much detail that I really like. He has lived in Russia a long time and I only hope that I may live here that long also…

The article caught my interest because I have much of the same experience as he does with Russian medical care and I, much like him, have had good experiences with Russian medical care and doctors

His blog reminds me that, No it is not a perfect world but with the right attitude you come to an understanding that not all glitters with gold in America and not all is dirt in Russia…

The next thing that came to my mind while drinking my coffee was that they have turned the heat on in our building. That is the sign that Winter is coming. Now I love winter so Russia is an ideal place for me… 🙂

One more thought crossed my mind as I am finishing this article. One of our friends in the village had gotten pneumonia. He was prescribed antibiotics. The antibiotics were to be given by injection. Now in America he would have to go to the doctor and get all the shots done. He would also have to have a prescription for the antibiotics. He would also have to have a lot of money to pay for said shots and antibiotics or very good insurance

In Russia no prescription needed, no doctor or nurse to pay to give the shots and very little money for the antibiotic.  In fact in Russia we do it all basically ourselves…

The reason it came to my mind is that I am needing to have the steroid shots again for my arthritis, it has been several years and the effects have worn off completely. Like the last time, all I have to do is go to the pharmacy and get the steroids and needles and give them to myself. Simple, easy, cost effective but not painless… 🙂

That is why I love Russia…

kKEETON @ Windows to Russia…

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