March 16 Monday -- first thing today was arranging transport to a hospital for Roger. The hotel had a taxi pick us up, brought Roger down in a wheelchair and provided us a translator. The Benh Da Khoa Tinh is large and antiquated by our standards. What they lack in fancy beeping equipment, they make up for with compassion and expertise. I have nothing but good things to say about this experience. The hotel, cruise director, and travel agency all worked together to be sure we had an English speaker with us at all times. The nurses and doctors all knew a little English and one young nurse took an opportunity to practice and learn some new words. The total cost for labs, ultrasound, and a four hours fluid infusion was $139. The nurses still wear white and were very friendly and attentive. I wanted to give them all a hug when we left. We decided that if someone had to get sick this was the place to do it. There was a wonderful view of a park and the bay from the hotel room.
An interesting note, ultra sound images are shown realtime in the waiting room. Some of those waiting were mesmerized by them. The gender of babies are not revealed to prevent abortions because of gender.
One of the guides that stayed with us, Star, spoke wonderful English with little accent. He said he learned it from drinking wine and beer with foreigners in the bars of Ha Noi's Old Quarter. Which means, he is fluent in cursing and slang.