After consulting with Rivadavia’s radiation doctors — and getting yet another doctor’s finger wiggling up my ass — the whole department encouraged me to forego treatment in the public hospital and instead seek treatment in a private clinic.

The head of the department said that the machines in the public hospital were obsolete and would be much harder on my body.

“If it were me, I would sell everything, my television, everything, in order to get private care in this instance,” the cute, chubby Colombian doctor insisted to me.

I don’t have health insurance and cannot get it at this point. So, private will cost me out-of-pocket.

Still, a 6 week radiation treatment will cost between 4500 and 5500 Argentine pesos, or around $1400 USD. I’m guessing that’s cheap by U.S. health care standards.

My friends have all encouraged me to go the private route and my boss has offered to loan/front me the money to do so. That little ChipIn widget on the right is even more important now: I make less than $900 USD per month. That’s not bad for Argentina but I’d be homeless again in the States.

Anyway, I’m going in to get my tattoos today in preparation for the beginning of radiation treatment later this week. The three dots will help the technician home in on the area of cancerous growth.

Pretty close to my ass. Or, as Beth said the other day: Butt cancer!!!

Which it’s not, but that really made me laugh.

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