Jak Się Masz, America?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408
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I needed cataract surgery. I read everything I could find about it, and my heart and wallet were in bitter conflict. I followed my heart and walked into the Daytona's office of Dr. Filutowski with the wallet in tears .

Filutowski is big name here in Central Florida. Besides Daytona Beach he has offices in Lake Mary and Orlando, and I, of course, did not expect to see him personally, however, it turned out Dr. Filutowski was available earlier than any other surgeon.

At consultation with him, he "fluided" in, young at his 56, tall, in envious physical shape, charming… Asked whether I was from Poland, and when I said I was from Russia, uttered several appropriate phrases in excellent Russian with a pinch of that sweet Polish accent. Konrad Filutowski was born in Poland.

Doctor FilutowskiI had surgery on January 29. I prepared, I greeted him in Polish, and he smiled. The surgery was relatively quick and uneventful and I bid him Do widzenia.

I had a post surgery consultation next morning, and then they scheduled another in one week. The office called me and asked to come one day later, because Dr. Filutowski was supposed to be in his Daytona Eye Center and wanted to see me.

I was surprised as they have other doctors, optometrists, who do the post op consultations, but hey, if the boss wanted to see me himself, I was flattered.

After all the check-ups and numerous drops, I was told to wait for Dr. Filutowski. He emerged, as always: nice, quick and efficient. I greeted him in Polish again, and he switched to Polish, probably thinking that I would have easier time with Polish than English. Well, I knew the subject, and I knew a few words in Polish, gestures also helped, so for a short time I was still following him understanding, probably not more than 20% and guessing the rest, and I did quite well, but then there came a moment, when I could not follow him at that pace, and with all the awkwardness of your chin and forehead tight against the equipment, I mumbled that I did not speak Polish, and he immediately said “Глаза широко» in Russian… (eyes wide open)

My wife later said with the authority that if I did not know Polish, I shouldn’t have provoked Dr. Filutowski. Of course, she is right. She has such perfect hindsight, the best in the world, that she doesn’t even need Dr. Filutowski to do any correction to her eyes :)

But I digress… It is really not about my cataract surgery. It is about the American dream. My American dream and Dr. Filutowski’s American dream. And American dream of millions and millions of others...

His family came from Poland 42 years ago, when he was only 14. He received his undergraduate from Columbia College in New York, then his MD in Ophthalmology from the prestigious Cornell University Medical College…

“Dr. Filutowski is the Founder, Chief Surgeon and Medical Director of the Filutowski Cataract & LASIK Institute, which he founded in 1990.

He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine. He teaches other doctors to perform LASIK and cataract surgery”

His first office was in Daytona (it is still here). Why Daytona? I think being a racecar enthusiast and owning sport cars has something to do with it. After all, Daytona is the birthplace of SPEED and speed is sure something that Dr. Filutowski cherishes…

He is younger than me, and he came to the country not at 40 like I did, but at 14 (a credit to his parents), and we are in different weight classes in this respect. A multimillionaire successful doctor and a modest real estate broker specializing in beachside condos, but we are very similar. We are both success stories. One bigger, one smaller...

We came from different countries, but we both made it here, millions of other immigrants made it here on their own, we got on our feet, we are Americans, proud and happy…

Dr. Filutowski, if you are reading this, thank you. If you ever need a condo or villa in Daytona area for quiet moments away from your surgery centers, let me know. And I promise, I would not tease you with my terrible Polish. Except, maybe, for “Jak się masz, doctor", when I see you again.

I took this photo with my IPhone at our initial consultation. 2 weeks later at the surgery he did not have his beard, so he looks even younger now :)

P.S. Jak się masz? means How are you? And Do widzenia means Bye-bye.

P.P.S. Now, that I could see with my both eyes, it is even more reason to call me about beachside condos. You can also visit my site www.Daytona-Condos.com. It is under construction at this moment, but in just a few days you would be able to do all type of searches from there.

Added later: He is not from my home country. I am from the Soviet Union (Russia) and he is from Poland. And this is the beaty of America, where we all became Americans

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Glad to hear your eyes are doing great and done by someone from your home country. 

Feb 08, 2014 03:09 AM #1
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Jon- glad it was successful.  And there's something warm and nice when you meet someone from home... no matter where home is. 

Feb 08, 2014 03:18 AM #2
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Success is success, not judged as big or small.  I am proud to call you a fellow citizen and you are doing a lot better with language and customs than I would do if I lived in Russia.  Salute.

Feb 08, 2014 03:20 AM #3
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Kathy - he is not from home. He is from Poland, and I am from Russia. he knows Russian because it was mandatory at schools. I know a few words in Polish.

Feb 08, 2014 03:38 AM #4
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Gerard - I tried to correct it in the blog as we are not from the same country, and we speak different languages. He happens to know Russian, and I only know only a few words in Polish

Feb 08, 2014 03:43 AM #5
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Lis - thank you, but I am sure you would do the same in Russia. Need causes miracles :)

Feb 08, 2014 03:44 AM #6
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Hi Jon - Inna did not inform me of your pending surgery.  I am glad that all is well with the procedure and recovery.  

Take care.

Feb 08, 2014 07:38 AM #7
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Ted - it was getting on my nerves. Loss of binocular vision was taking a tall, and I wanted it done. So far I am happy. The other one will wait a little bit, but probably would also need the surgery soon.

Getting old, my friend... :)

Feb 08, 2014 08:20 AM #8
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Hi Jon, One of the many possibilities we all face in our aging process and I am glad you came through it fine and all is well. We are lucky to live in this day, when decades ago, the surgury was not as certain for outcome.

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Jon, what a great success story and wonderful experience..and so you did not finish about the 'wallet' thing did your medical insurance pay for it? or did you have private insurance...I don't think you are 65 yet and know Medicare does not cover eyes....

Feb 08, 2014 09:16 PM #10
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William - I often think about how people lived and died let's say a hundred years ago. There was usually only ne heart attack. The first was often the last. Losing teeth meant you did not have a replacement. Getting a cataract meant going blind.

The progress in medical field is incredible.

Feb 08, 2014 10:30 PM #11
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Ginny - you are right. I am not 65 yet. I did not have medical insurance, because of the heart attack, so my only option was Obamacare...

The surgery is either basic, covered partially by my insurance, but the deductible made it practically all my cost, and upgrade to laser assisted surgery with femptosecnd laser was a heafty increase in cost, not covered by any insurance.

So, I am happy, the wallet is not very happy and is whining :)

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Glad the surgery went well.

Success is measured in different ways and often has different reasons/goals.

Feb 09, 2014 01:48 AM #13
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Than - true. Success can be small or big, but being happy is just being happy. Can't be quantified

Feb 10, 2014 11:17 AM #14
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Jon, congratulations on your successful surgery and your success as a real estate agent. I would love to hear more about your years in Russia! 

Feb 11, 2014 03:38 AM #15
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My grandfather spoke Russian and Polish.  He lived in Brest Litovsk for a time as a young man.  He taught us to say "Jak Sie Masz" and to reply by saying "Dobrze".

Jon, I gather your surgery went well and I'm glad to hear it.  Be well, my friend.

Apr 03, 2014 12:20 PM #16
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Hey Jon -- Inna just alerted us to your recent surgery. Sending you my heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery. You have a lot of friends here wishing you well.

Apr 06, 2014 01:16 AM #17
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Eric Kodner - wow, only today I noticed your comment. 2+ years later... Looked at the date, and now I understand why, I had a bypass surgery just a few days prior and was not a big communicator at that time.

So, with such a huge delay I can now answer "Dobrze" to a heartfelt " Jak Sie Masz"

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We spent a couple of incredible hours with you last night. Olga and you went to such lengths to make us feel comfortable in your beautiful home. The conversation was Spirited and intense at times and so interesting! We look forward to seeing you Wednesday.

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