The Khmer New Year holiday is over now and, albeit reluctantly, people have gone back to their routines beginning Monday. After five days of having empty and very quite streets, today we woke up to the usual hustle-bustle of every day living in Phnom Penh.
Just before the holidays, a friend of mine had an emergency medical situation. She had to undergo a major operation here in Phnom Penh to which she relented after prodding and assurances from her doctors. A lot of expats gave her recommendations about a local specialist so she didn’t need to go to Bangkok for treatments anymore. She is out of the hospital now and is recuperating well and good in her home and will be tied down for months. No worries though. Thanks to both her and her husband’s diligence in paying their taxes, she is eligible to claim for a social security disability.
As expats in this country, it is imperative that we have protections like this in cases of emergency as costs of medical treatments are very high. There are a lot of horror stories about falling ill and how exhausting it can be, physically, emotionally, and especially financially, considering that one cannot go back to work right away. Having said this, I am reminded of this ad for multi-vitamins in the Philippines that is very much applicable to expats like me…the tagline says “Bawal ang magkasakit.” In English, it means, don’t get sick, or something to that effect.
Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery, Furry Mommy.