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  1. I doubt having a 30 day "under consideration" stamp would be an issue for an airline (not that I put it past them). I have a valid permission to stay in Thailand that expires after my flight lands and even if they don't believe that to be the case, I would get 30 days on arrival anyway. Going back and forth about it in my mind, going to get a multiple entry. 1800 Baht down the toilet saves me either a second trip to CW or an early morning panic at the airport. Appreciate all the advice!
  2. Thanks for this. I hope that they don't have an issue with doing it for the under consideration period. I'm trying to avoid a second trip to CW for the second reentry permit but maybe I'll just have to bite the bullet to make sure.
  3. Hi all, I am going to be doing another 1 year extension of stay to a Non O visa based on marriage and for the first time ever I will be traveling during the 30 day "under consideration" period. I know I can keep the entry alive with a re entry permit which I will get on the day I apply at CW. The thing is, I'm leaving twice during that period and it doesn't really make sense to buy a multiple so I plan to get a single at CW for the first trip and another single at Suvanabhumi for the second. Two questions: 1 - is there any issue with this? Apart from being a waste of passport pages! Learned never to assume when it comes to this stuff. 2 - I want to get the second one at Suvanabhumi around 5am. Very usefully the airline official website lists re entry permit service is both 24/7 and open 5am to Midnight. Either of which is fine but still thought I'd check. Thanks as always.
  4. Extension of stay for Chinese citizen

    Thanks for your comments. I will be able to check her passport when she arrives soon and see exactly what entries were given and for how long as she may misunderstand what she had. Good to know she can extend for 30 days, thank you.
  5. Hi everyone, I have a friend who's a Chinese citizen who's struggling to find the correct information, and having searched all over Google and the Bangkok immigration website I'm not getting many clear answers. Two main questions: 1 - can she extend a 15 day VOA entry at CW? If so, how long will the extension be? 2 - she has had 3 tourist visas for Thailand issued in China in the past. Every time she has been given 30 days on entry. Can she extend at CW for 30 days for CW? (If you can provide a link to the actual rule on this that would be great too!) thanks as ever for your assistance.
  6. Pound Weakens.

    Out of purely selfish concerns, what do you guys think the effect on the Eur will be? Seen quite a dip this morning.
  7. Wife diagnosed as HIV+

    Thanks for the info Sheryl, I'll get her to look into that and report back how it works out.
  8. Wife diagnosed as HIV+

    Just want to make an update now that it's been a while since the last one. Eventually, the rash went down, I'd say it took about another week to fade away to the point it wasn't really obvious from a distance. Still now there is some faint sign of the rash on her arms and legs, like little dark spots under the skin that get more prominent when she's hot. The Doctor says this is normal and will just take some time to fade away. After the first month of medication had finished my wife went back to her SSF hospital to get more medication. It was another drama, with her coming for an appointment, the Doctor not being there, then having to wait while the Doctor came back. The Doctor then told her she should change medication because of the rash and prescribed something different. She then had to see the Psychologist again who said that she will give her the same medicine (at my wife's insistence. I told her not to change anything without the go ahead of Dr Asda) again. Eventually she was given 2 month's supply, again for free. In the meantime, her request to the SSF to get her registered hospital changed to Rajavithi in Victory Monument was approved. There is a limited window of time each year where you can change hospitals, and a limit to how many people each hospital will take, so luckily it all worked out. She hasn't been there yet but as a big hospital with a lot of specialists, we're hoping the experience will be better. My main reason for wanting her to change hospitals was in case she needs to be admitted for any reason, and the two private insurances that she has don't work out, at least we have a decent back up option. She enquired about the blood tests at her old SSF hospital but the hospital said that if she wanted them more than once every six months (the first one being six months from her first visit), that she would have to pay for herself. As it is much cheaper, my wife went back to the Red Cross and got the blood tests done there. The tests were similar to last time, except this time we added on a few things - liver function, kidney function, a urine analysis, and didn't need to do a few others (HIV test, Hepatitis etc). The results came back and her CD4 had gone up to 650 with a percentage of 30. Her HIV viral load went down to 51. We went to see Dr Asda again later that week to go through the results. The Liver Test came back with a few things a bit high, which is to be expected as it is coping with the medication, but he said if they stay at that level he is happy. He said that the CD4 looks very good and the HIV viral load is where it should be, and we're hoping it will be undetectable by 3 months into treatment. We will get another round of blood tests in two months and see how things are. As for costs, the medication is free so that's a good thing. The blood tests cost somewhere around 3000 Baht a time, the consultations at Bumrungrad between 1000-1400 Baht. In general it's just a part of life now. There is an alarm every evening for her to take her pills. She didn't drink or party before so not doing so now is not a major issue not to do it now. We're lucky in a lot of ways to have caught it early enough and to be able to get good treatment. Thanks to the many on this forum who have given constant support and an outlet for me to discuss my concerns and hopes, it's made things much easier to deal with.
  9. Wife diagnosed as HIV+

    One week on from the peak of the rash, it seems to be improving. A week ago it really looked terrible, it was bright read and all over her body and face and to be honest, a little scary. I think it's human nature to see something like that and think that it's something really serious and terrible. Right now the rash seems to be fading. From bright red, the patches have faded to something resembling a bruise. They are still very noticeable but appear a lot less "angry" than they did. On her face and neck they have faded to the point of not being noticeable unless you're looking for them. On her arms, legs and back they are far more noticeable but seem to be fading. Apart from that, no other major side effects have reared their head (touch wood). She will go to get more drugs from the Government hospital and will try and convince them that they should do another blood test to see how the medication is working. I hope they do, otherwise I will pay out of pocket at the Red Cross. Either way, I will be taking the results back to Dr Asda to look over. So now we are about a month into this whole thing and it's been quite a journey. For anyone reading this in the future, it will be ok, just stay calm and take the necessary steps to get things under control. Will continue to update as things go on.
  10. Wife diagnosed as HIV+

    Thanks for your message and recommendations. I have bookmarked the page! I agree that no Doctor, even the best of the best, is infallible. In my profession I have areas that I'm an expert in, however that certainly doesn't mean that I never make any mistakes, or recommendations that are less than optimal. I definitely appreciate having resources to double check everything!
  11. Wife diagnosed as HIV+

    Thanks for your advice. Luckily my wife is covered under the Social Security system so her treatment is free. The trips to Bumrungrad are at my insistence and only for Consultation with the specialist. As this by itself is not highly expensive (if we did lab work and got prescriptions there, that would be another matter) it is worth it to me to be able to speak to someone in English who I can ask all the questions I want to and who can advise me on how to navigate the system in the most efficient way. I know that many others aren't so lucky and have to go fully private for treatment, although with the Red Cross service it isn't hugely expensive now. The insurance I have (a joint policy with myself and my wife on it) was taken out several months before we got the diagnosis and we haven't used to it claim anything yet. As we don't need to do any further declarations and the renewal is guaranteed (as part of their conditions) I fully intend to keep this policy running, especially as they guarantee coverage of a child without a medical declaration required. If something big comes up it gives us the option to go private rather than worry about relying on the Government hospital entirely, so we're lucky to have that option.
  12. Wife diagnosed as HIV+

    I agree, would have been nice if they told my wife that in response to the exact question "is an HIV specialist Doctor working today and available to see me" before she went, but there we are. At least we have the option to pay out of pocket and see a Specialist at the weekend for quite a reasonable price, I'm thankful for that.
  13. Wife diagnosed as HIV+

    Thanks Sheryl, the information definitely helped. The result of the consultation with Dr Asda was that he acted as if it isn't a big deal, which is good because that's what I read about the situation too. Definitely helped put my wife at ease about it. He prescribed some Eucerin cream and a strong antihistamine and said it should be improving within a week. Only need to stop taking the medicine and seek urgent attention if she starts to get ulcers in and around her mouth and eyes, fever or any other severe reaction. To be honest, she looks pretty bad (I'd say similar to how someone looks when they have chicken pox, it's extremely obvious) but hopefully it will go away soon enough. As far as his recommendations for a good SSF hospital, he said the best choice would probably be Bamras in Nontanburi which has a lot of specialists but is quite far, another would be Rajavithi in Victory Monument which is much closer. The general advice was that the bigger the hospital the better and to check their list of Doctors to see how many specialists work out of there. If it's quite a few they're more likely to have someone who knows what they're doing available more of the time. I won't go into specifics but let's say the feedback on my wife's current SSF hospital wasn't exactly positive. So right now my wife is knocked out on some strong antihistamines but generally ok and tomorrow we'll see what the situation is with switching hospitals.
  14. Wife diagnosed as HIV+

    Just to clarify, I told her not to stop her HIV mediation (I'd rather she had a rash than came off cold turkey on the advice of a Phramacist who didn't even check for possible interactions) and not to take the antihistamines. I bought some calamine lotion and we've been applying that all day. It might not be ideal but I'm quite sure it won't make things worse and it helps relieve the itching. So now I'm waiting to see what happens tomorrow.
  15. Wife diagnosed as HIV+

    Thought I would post an update as things are going on. My wife started the medication around 2 weeks ago and mostly it has been fine. Little bit of dizziness at night time (especially when getting up to use the bathroom during the night) and a bit of morning dopiness but otherwise nothing major. Then on Thursday (two days ago) she started to get a rash in just a few spots on her legs. Not itchy and quite consistent with what I've read is a common side effect from Efavirenz. From some of the pictures I've seen online it isn't severe, but it's pretty noticeable all over her body, I would say 50% coverage in small, mostly light red dots the size of a one baht coin or so (some larger and more pronouced). Today she woke up and it had started to itch so she called her SSF hospital to see if the appropriate Doctor was there today so she could go and check. They told her he was so she went off to the hospital. Of course the Doctor wasn't there at all, and won't be until Monday. No surprise there. She saw another Doctor who said "I don't know much about this, come back Monday". They then gave her an appointment Monday without asking what time she's actually available and sent her to the pharmacist. The Phramacist told her to stop taking her HIV medication immediately until she saw the Doctor and gave her some antihistamines (without checking what medication she's already on, which includes antihistamines for ongoing allergies). Pretty sure this advice is both wrong and dangerous for several reasons. I asked my wife immediately to call Bumrungrad and make an appointment tomorrow. I'd rather spend the 1300 baht or whatever it is and have a Doctor who knows what they're talking about check her out. Actually that's not true, I'd rather her assigned hospital would do it properly and free of charge as they are meant to under the SSF. There's a difference between long waiting times and not the most modern facilities, which are to be expected, and dangerous incompetence. Not sure they didn't cross the line today on that one. But the situation is as it is, I've been here long enough to know how things work and know how take it in my stride. I'm blessed that 1300 baht in Doctor's fees don't mean a huge amount to me in the scheme of things. I just feel so sorry for the people who don't have that luxury and have to blindly follow whatever advice is given to them - I hope one day that isn't the case for them. So, will report back. Feels good to share!
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