After several years of stomach problems, I had a really bad gall bladder attack and had to have it removed. My last surgery was a C-section over 35 years ago and I can definitely say that my experiences with the medical system here in Vallarta has surpassed anything I ever experienced in California. I had gone to Amerimed to see an ER GI doctor. The receptionist suggested that I might want to go directly up to Dr. Hoya’s office. He had done testing on me before. I was able to get to see him within 30 minutes and he said that my gall bladder had gotten to the point where it needed to be removed. Made the appointment for the surgery.
When the day came and I was wheeled into the OR, everyone there were very friendly, made me feel calm, and were all bilingual. Things went exactly I had been told to expect and within an hour ended up in my room. It was different than any room I had experienced in Calif. A single hospital bed with all the usually equipment and wheelie trays. There was also a single lounge chair and a large single-cushion Naugahyde couch that was big enough for someone to spend the night by a sick relatives side. The nursing staff was kind and competent, although not all of the nurses on the ward spoke English, all the nurses I’ve met in the ER were bilingual. A lot of medical words aren’t in my vocabulary yet simple pantomime got the idea across.
There was no pain after the surgery. They brought pain meds before they needed to be asked for. Had some interesting dreams……Project Runway: The Hospital Gown Challenge. When I felt better and done sleeping around midnight, I clicked on the TV. Not a lot in English to choose from, but just clicking thru the channels I came across one X-rated channel with a 3-way going on. How interesting. I guess it came with the cable package. It wasn’t broadcasting the next morning. An interesting little anecdote to tell people. I can’t comment on the food, as I will be on a liquid diet for the next week. They did something I was never allowed to do in the States. I was allowed to bring and use my current prescriptions. At the correct time I just showed the nurse what I was talking and she entered the information in my chart. I wasn’t charged an outrageous sum for one pill like in the States.