The Senor had not been feeling well Saturday afternoon, not too unusual as at age 73 he has range of maladies, aches and pains including leukemia. But by 10:00 he was in serious pain with what he was sure was appendicitis. The symptoms were quite similar to mine just prior to my appendectomy a few years ago. So we hailed a cab and headed to the emergency room at Hospital Mediciel. Fortunately I knew where it was as the cab driver wanted to take us to another clinic. I was able to give him enough directions to finally get us there.
The nurse and doctor on duty spoke good english and examined the Senor with care and but couldn’t confirm a definite diagnosis even with a ultrasound. They wanted to keep him overnight for observation and if there was no improvement they recommended transferring him to Morelia, about 3 hours away) where there are bigger, better hospitals with specialist. I know in Mexico it is expected that a relative will spend the night with a family member, but by this time I knew he was in safe hands and the thought of my spending the night there wasn’t appealing to me and I was anxious to get back and contact our travel insurance to get things going if moving him to Morelia would be necessary
I returned to the Hospital early the next morning to find the Senor feeling better and wanting to go home. They insisted on pumping some more medicine into him before we could leave and about 11 we were on our way back to the apartment. It’s one of those things that you always worry about “What if I get sick or injured in a foreign country, will the medical community be safe and adequate” We felt very safe, in a very clean facility and they were very forthright about the limits of Zihuatanejo’s medical capabilities but had a plan for getting the Senor to a place that could provide more help if necessary. Fortunately it wasn’t necessary.
He feels better, but not over what is most likely a bowel disturbance of some kind. He was anxious to get back to our apartment and sleep as he couldn’t sleep in the hospital and insisted I continue with what had been our plans to spend the after noon with friends at their lovely home and pool in the Porto Mio area.
So feeling slightly guilty I did and was able to enjoy a lovely afternoon with friends old and new and enjoy this phenomenal view.
The Senor is still not feeling good
but felt somewhat better during the day, but this evening is running a temperature. signing off KO