Thursday, May 8, 2014
Chapter 20 of Book 1
Medical Care in Mexico!
I am in San Diego tonight after surgery and thought about not doing a chapter tonight on my blog. But when I was getting ready to go to the hospital this morning, I was doing things only a single woman would do and thinking back to other surgery trips. It is therefore appropriate to change some order.
Here I am alone for the first time having surgery in my life, and I thought about what if? Not my first surgery, but my first surgery alone. I found myself packing my suitcase just in case something happened to make things easier for my friends and family in case I had a complication. Stopping at the desk and telling them if I did not return to not call the police.
Driving to the hospital I recalled my last surgery trip in Mexico. Several of us girls took the bus from San Miguel de Allende to Guadalajara for cosmetic surgery. Now some girls won’t admit to having plastic surgery, and some of us do as I do. I also believe in telling the truth about my age. If you lie and make yourself younger, everyone might say, "Wow, she looks bad for her age." If I am going to say a wrong age, I will say I am older. So they think, "Wow, girl, you look great." I have a friend who was a professor who also always says that she is older than she is. She thinks that she gets more respect that way, without having to earn it.
There are great surgeons in Mexico and the medical care is wonderful and at a cost comparative to the 70’s in the U.S. I am only here in San Diego as I have US health insurance. But for most of my medical care in Mexico I pay out of pocket. Many times the co-payment in the U.S. is more than the actual cost in Mexico.
On this trip we took the first-class bus to Guadalajara. Now a bus in Mexico is similar to a first class airline seat.
We had brought our own picnic basket of champagne, cheese, crackers, grapes and nuts. We had our own personal party on the trip. Everyone had different things done, and I will only write about me as the others prefer to not be mentioned.
I had a breast reduction as I was tired of men always looking at my breasts first. Everyone had different surgeries, except we all had our arms tightened.
I am always thoughtful and the leader of the group, so I went last. That way I could help each girl go into surgery and be there when she came out. When I woke up, I asked them to take my IV out; they said no, you might need pain medication. I replied I am not in pain, and if you don’t remove it I will. So they did. I went into the room my friends were in and said. “Okay IV’s out. We have all been fasting and we need a real meal.” They all said, “We are in pain.” I told them I would take their medication with me and inject them if they really needed it. They all whined and wanted to stay. Then I mentioned shopping and they all were suddenly in. It was so funny we were like the movie, “Walk of the Penguins.” We had to keep our arms at our sides and could only move the lower part of our arms. But we shopped and had a wonderful meal and went back to the hotel, and I gave everyone a shot and they slept well.
I am staying in a hotel tonight, rather than driving back to Ensenada via Tijuana in the dark and also just in case I have a complication. I had my liver biopsy this morning and a CAT scan later and many medical appointments and tests between. I went from one to the next dragging my IV on its stand and in a hospital gown.
This is the reason I moved to Ensenada as I have a medical problem for which I can have free treatment, even though reasonable in Mexico, it would be punitive to me in out-of-pocket expenses. My son is in Ensenada to help me, and he just had his first child, so I am being a grandma. This will be in a later chapter.
I would like to mention that you can buy a medical insurance policy in Mexico from the Mexican Government when you have your FM2 or 3 and depending on your age or your medical problems. It is approximately $500 US per year and covers everything. Every doctor in Mexico in private practice has to give a day per week so you could have the best in all of Mexico, but at the very least a great one.
There is also an insurance plan you can buy in Mexico that is reasonable http://www.skymed.com/ that will fly you in a private plane or helicopter to the hospital of your choice in the
U.S. if you have U.S. insurance and are living in Mexico.
Bus line in Mexico:
Tourist Office in San Miguel de Allende:
Article on San Miguel de Allende:
Great Plastic Surgeon in Guadalajara, Jalisco:
Dr. Antonio Ramirez Cuevas
Hospital San Pio:
Av. Lopez Mateos Norte 766
Phone: 3616-8558, 3615-4449, 3616-6661 or 3616-6062
There are many different specialists operating at this hospital.