A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!


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Jan 14, 2008 – A week ago on Saturday afternoon, I realized that the earache I had was getting bad. Mid-weekend is not the ideal time for finding medical care, but off we went to the Ajijic Clinic, which states it has 24/7 care. Like many clinics in Mexico, it’s more than a clinic — this one is a small hospital as well, with fewer than a dozen beds. But a friend had knee replacement surgery there, with the specialists coming out from Guadalajara, and she can’t stop singing the praises of the care she got.

Once there, I only had to wait about 20 minutes before I was seen by a young woman doctor. She checked my ears and confirmed what I suspected, that I had an infection. She gave me prescriptions for antibiotics, ibuprofen, and antihistamines, which we filled at the large, modern Farmacia Guadalajara (part of a chain) across the street.  She and I spoke in a mixture of Spanish and English.

On Tuesday I went back to the clinic because my ear was again getting worse and had kept me awake in the night. This time I was seen by Dr. Alfredo Rodriguez, who has worked there for many years and speaks excellent English. He said there was a lot of debris in the ear and so he cleaned it, excavating all sorts of yucky little bits of encrusted gunk, which he showed me as they came out. I appreciated seeing what each painful attack yielded. Made it more worthwhile! I wonder, would an American doctor have shown me the gunk?

So now I’m healing and reflecting on the care I received. The costs were very different from what they would have been in the US: 150 pesos (about $14 US and that is not a typo) to be seen on the weekend, and 250 pesos for the office visit where Dr. Rodriguez spent more time doing the cleaning. The meds were about 800 pesos on Saturday, and 300 more on Tuesday, and without listing exactly what I got, you can’t really compare those with US prices.

Something else I like is that when I went in both times, I didn’t need an appointment. Like on the weekends, the Ajijic Clinic treats patients in the order of arrival during the week too. I waited closer to an hour, as Dr. Rodriguez saw a young Mexican woman cradling her obviously very painful arm and a Canadian woman I know. The clinic does offer appointments for seeing any of the numerous specialists who come out from Guadalajara part of the week.

By the way, Dr. Rodriguez is listed as one of the best doctors in Mexico in a book called Mexico: Health and Safety Travel Guide, written by some doctors. He and I chatted about the quality of care available in Guadalajara — it is really top notch. For many things, it is among the very best places to go in North America.

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