We are in a cold front, and we are expecting a really bad one this weekend. The Diario de Yucatan says to expect 6degree celsius. Yikes!
Last week, well actually about 5 days ago I got a sore throat, no big deal, I have allergies and that sometimes happens, So I started taking an allergy tab, Laritol D. It helped, but not for long.
Then I started to cough; first dry cough, then really nasty chest rattle cough, that was 2 days ago. Then cough till you pee coughing, gads I hate getting old. I thought it was a bit of bronchitis. Then last night I had a hard time sleeping because my chest would rattle as I breathed in and out.
And then there are the chills, then the sweats, hmmmmm, must be something?
My yucatecan friends say it is because the weather is so up and down right now.
So anyway, I knew/know intervention is needed. I went over to the farmacia Similares this morning. I went to the one on Avenida Itzaes across from the Chedraui. It is quite close to my house, and I use it frequently when I need meds.
Many of the farmacias here in Merida have a Doctor onsite. This is such a smart thing for non emergency stuff. The young Doctor I saw is Dr. Humberto Marcelo Solis Martinez, young, and cute, just fyi. Medical Certificate on the wall. The fee was 40pesos, cash. He took my bp, looked in my ears, listened to my chest, as I tried to breathe in and out – which caused a rather lengthy coughing jag.
He prescribed an antibiotic for the infection in my lungs, an expectorant for the phlegm, and vitamin c. He offered the antibiotic as 2 options, injections or oral. I elected for the oral even though the injections would have had faster results. Mainly because it would require 3 separate injections. Now I could have purchased the 3 injections, received the first there and returned to have the others administered or administer them at home. Now to be honest, I tend to be a bit lax in follow through so knew getting the pills was the smartest thing.
I took this photo to show how incredibly sensible things are here –
Consultation – 40pesos
Medical Certification – 45p
Child Health and Wellness checkup – 40p
Pregnancy checkup – 40p
family planning – 40p
blood pressure taken – 15p
administer an injection – 20p
test glucose – 30p
eye wash – 40p
take out stitches – 35p
take out sondas, sondas are tubes, like catheter, gastro tube, etc – 45p
remove an ingrown toenail – 55p
nebulizer treatment – 55p
curacion, which is essentially a treatment – 35p
get stitches – 55p
How much sense do these simple things being able to be done at such an affordable cost?
I love the medical care system here!