Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Morning Thoughts --- My IMSS experiences

I went to the IMSS clinic in Chapala yesterday to see my doctor. She couldn't read my chest X Ray because she said it was blurry so I have to redo that. She wants me to have an EKG on my heart because I am having breathing problems. She said I have to lose weight. (So what else is new?) And she can't see me again for another month. I might be dead by then. 

I refuse to return to that IMSS hospital for the X Ray or the EKG. I will have to find someone in town to do these things. From now on, the IMSS is only for emergencies. Trying to use it for anything else is futile. If you want to know specifically--- think of any nightmare you have had where you were trying to do something and things always happened to stop you from doing it. You were sent to different experts, down long hallways with crowds of sick people and into different directions and you had to redo everything but the end never came. People were talking to you but you couldn't understand anything they said and your interpreter was on his cell phone punching out a text message instead of listening to the doctor....  

That is IMSS in a nutshell!  Go to get a blood test? There is a line of maybe fifty people in front of you. (And each time I have to pay someone to drive me there, interpret, and drive me home. That isn't cheap.)  On and on.....   From now on it is to private doctors. If  a truck runs over me and I am bleeding to death, okay, send me to the IMSS hospital.  But otherwise, NO! Knowing now how the system works, or doesn't work, I would most likely bleed to death anyway before finally getting to see a doctor. 

It is much quieter in town now but I still can't use the spa until next week. It is getting hotter in the afternoons. We are getting into the hot season. It is dry too. The hills are brown. But the Jacaranda trees are in full bloom. Beautiful. 
I am glad that Easter vacation is almost over. Next week, all the Easter visitors will be gone and most of the part time expats too. It will be very quiet in town. And maybe I will be able to cross the carretera again without fear of getting run over. I don't want to find myself on a stretcher in the IMSS hospital, bleeding to death. 

Jacaranda trees in bloom. 


  1. Beautiful trees there! I would love to see them in person someday! Sorry about the medical problems today...hope you can get other providers for the services you need.
    Take care,
    Karen in VA

  2. Oh that does sound so frustrating.
    Lovely Jacaranda trees!

    1. Hi Cathy, Glad you agree with me. I thought I was the crazy one. P