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My fiancé went to st lukes for her physical and during the X-ray process they found a spot in her lung. She was handed a slip and told to cancel her interview (which happens to be scheduled for May 15th, 9 more days from now), and come back on the 20th of May for a follow up.

Today she went to her local doctor in Angeles City and got another x-ray and found out she has pulmonary embolism. Doctor wants to put her on meds for 1-2 months and wasn't too concerned.

Question 1: can she call st lukes to forward this information to them and get cleared for the interview?

Question 2: is pulmonary embolism a condition that would keep her from coming the states until it is healed or cured? It's non contagious and highly treatable.

Question 3: if it is a non disqualifier condition, how can we get st lukes to sign off on physical and keep the interview date and not out her through the torture of fighting Manila traffic and waiting hours to see a doctor again? She found out in one day what they prolonged for three weeks to run more tests I take it...

Thanks so much!

Erik & Gilyn

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My fiancé went to st lukes for her physical and during the X-ray process they found a spot in her lung. She was handed a slip and told to cancel her interview (which happens to be scheduled for May 15th, 9 more days from now), and come back on the 20th of May for a follow up.

Today she went to her local doctor in Angeles City and got another x-ray and found out she has pulmonary embolism. Doctor wants to put her on meds for 1-2 months and wasn't too concerned.

Question 1: can she call st lukes to forward this information to them and get cleared for the interview?

Question 2: is pulmonary embolism a condition that would keep her from coming the states until it is healed or cured? It's non contagious and highly treatable.

Question 3: if it is a non disqualifier condition, how can we get st lukes to sign off on physical and keep the interview date and not out her through the torture of fighting Manila traffic and waiting hours to see a doctor again? She found out in one day what they prolonged for three weeks to run more tests I take it...

Thanks so much!

Erik & Gilyn

A pulmonary embolism are blood clots in the lungs. A sevre case can casue a person to pass out or even die as the body cannot get oxygen from the lungs. It is treated with warfarin or other blood thinners. The only danger is now the blood does not clot like it used to so bleeding from cuts is an issue.

Not sure how to get this cleared up with St. Luke's as I am sure they are thinking TB and may require a clean X-ray before issuing the medical.

Dave

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Why does she have to wait until the 20th? Can't she just go down and cough into a petri dish?

Welcome to the forum.

Agree with Dave&Roza. You are asking questions about a potentially serious medical condition. This needs to be addressed and treated promptly. You should be asking these types of questions of her doctors and the folks at St. Luke's. It is more serious than just spitting into a petri dish.

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I understand where you are coming from. Is it possible to show up at st lukes and finish the test? Is there a reason why it was scheduled 2-3 weeks out when most get to come back the next day?

No one here can tell you why they do what they do.

I suggest calling St Luke's and asking them.

They are the only ones who know why such a late date.


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Yeah, pulmonary embolism is potentially life threatening if not taken care of. As already stated a pulmonary embolism is caused when a thrombus breaks off in the vein and travels to the lungs and becomes lodged in the lungs. It has to be treated with blood thinners and potentially if they continue to reoccur with filters implanted. I would think though if this is only a one time deal that she will be fine, luckily it was caught. A thrombus can cause an embolism that is sent to the brain or heart as well causing stroke and heart attacks. Anyway, I am sure she will be fine, but she may be on blood thinners for a while. I don't see why she wouldn't receive her medical clearance, but only they know for sure.

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Any medical findings outside of St. Lukes doesn't matter to them. That being said, others have already told you that this is potentially life-threatening and I'm glad St. Lukes caught it. Blood clots could possibly form from prolonged sitting in a confined position (like a very long plane ride) which is risky for her so you guys should take care of this first before anything else. Think of her health before anything.

Also, yes, it is not contagious, but she wont immediately get health insurance and getting sick in the US is extremely expensive so best to take care of it while in the Philippines right? I'm not sure if money is an issue to you but still, make sure she is fit to travel before anything. At this point, your concern is to make sure she doesn't get any more blood clots or not to make the current one worse.

Have you called St Lukes to let them know what her doctor said?

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Why does she have to wait until the 20th? Can't she just go down and cough into a petri dish?

Duuude... she should wait the 1-2 months until she is cured. If you love her, you DO NOT want her flying 18+ hours in a plane with a pulmonary embolism.

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Travel should be far from your mind. You should be focused on treating the PE urgently.

Long haul flights or long bus rides increase risk of DVTs (commonly in the trunks). These clots (often originating from trunks) sometimes circulate from the trunks and wind up producing a PE.

I could share you with mortality data, but sufficeth to say, this is someone you care about whose health is well beyond any immigration concerns.

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My friend St. Lukes just did you and you fiancé a favor. IMHO you should be listening to what the EXPERTS are telling you. Get her to her family Dr. and get the low down on what is next and then be in communication with SLEC. You can fix this but you can't IGNORE it!! Don't be :bonk:

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