Thursday, September 1, 2016

Returning to the land of the living

I am finally home from the hospital. I don't know the name of it at the moment. Later on, I will write it out for anyone who is interested. It was an excellent hospital.  I have nothing but good things to say about it. I was here at home for four days with no food or water. It was after several days of diarrhea. My landlord realized that I hadn't been outside for days and he contacted my friend Ellie. She contacted Leslie. Within a few minutes I had four women here, helping me. I was really out of it. They called the doctor who came here and said he thought it was my gall bladder. But I was so weak that they couldn't do anything except try to get me healthy enough for surgery. Leslie was with me all the way. I think I would have just died if it hadn't been for her insisting that I go to the hospital. IMSS was totally out of the question. I was at death's door and could not deal with them at that point.

I was in the hospital for I think four days with constant intravenous injections of antibiotics. I had sepsis and blood poisoning when I left Ajijic. My white blood count was too low for them to operate. They finally gave me white blood cells because the doctor said I could die if the gall stones didn't come out right away. I am probably getting all this medical information wrong. Just writing what I remember. So they took out the gall bladder and sent me home. I am stronger now, recovering.  I think the hospital bill will be around 15,000 American dollars. But I doubt if I would have survived the IMSS hospital. It was touch and go for a few days with me. I had constant supervision in the hospital. Everyone was so respectful. Leslie was always at my side. 

Strange, I remember the feeling of floating away at one point. I knew I was dying but it was so peaceful!  I don't know if I would have made it without all the loving helpers and especially Leslie. She refused to let me give up!

So that is my story for now. I think I will be okay....... I am glad to be alive........ Thank you all for the loving wishes for my recovery. 
P.S. Hospital Puerto Hierro Sur.

24 comments:

  1. Patricia, I'm so glad to hear that you're on the mend now. That must have been such a scary experience! Pleased to hear that you had excellent care and good friends to take care of you!

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  2. Patricia,
    Welcome home! Isn't it a wonderful gift in life when you have such good friends you can count on when you really need help. It must feel good to be sleeping in your own bed. Now just relax and take care of yourself.
    Donna

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    1. Hi Donna, Yes, I feel so blessed. And so happy to be alive and alive in Mexico. P

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  3. Thank goodness you are okay! And bless the landlord who decided to call Ellie - she knew who to contact to get your women friends involved. Wishing you a speedy, peaceful recovery. Hope to see you later in the month.

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  4. Hi Pat, Thank GOD FOR FRIENDSHIPS>>>>.p

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  5. Hi Pat,
    So glad you are feeling better. Sending my best wishes for a speedy recovery! I bet Chico and Olive are glad you are home, too.
    Hugs,
    Karen in VA

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    1. Thank you. Yes they are sticking close to me. P

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    2. Just popping in again to say "hi" and I hope you had a good day,today!
      Karen in VA

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    3. Thank you Karen of thinking about me. Yes, today was good. Hopefully I can swim again soon. P

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  6. Hi Pat,

    What a scary situation! Thank goodness that you have a concerned landlord and friends who were able to get to you quickly. Glad to hear you are home and on the mend.

    Scott

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  7. I've been worried and wondering about you. So happy to hear you're home and on the mend. What an awful ordeal! Prayers remain with you that you regain your strength soon. Bless you and your friends - and your landlord! Thank you for checking in with all of us.

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    1. Thank you for thinking about me Barbara. P

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  8. Dear Pat,
    So very glad to hear that you are home and on the mend. How wonderful to have such great friends by your side and a landlord who looked out for you, too. Take care of yourself and I will remember you in prayers NOB!
    P. Perry

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    1. Thank you. I can always use prayers.... P

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  9. My hisband has always said it is better to have a good neighbour than a faraway friend. Thank goodness your landlord was looking out for you and called your friend. Take time to mend. What a scary experience.

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    1. That is a very interesting concept. And so true. P

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    2. That sounds very scary. I am glad you have people looking out for you and are able to help you.

      I had gallbladder removed a couple of years ago. If you eat fatty food there is no gallbladder to process the fat so be sure you are near a bathroom afterwards! Ha maybe to much information but I wish someone told me.

      Hope you are feeling better soon.

      P.S. A while ago I tried leaving comments and was not able to - hopefully this comment comes through.
      Cathy

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    3. Hi Cathy, Very useful information. Thank you for that. P

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  10. Hi Pat, I have been reading your blog for a while and I enjoy it thoroughly ; in fact I look for it almost daily. I am just not the tyoe to blog or comment but your situation compelled me to respond. I am so relieved to hear that you are doing better; what an awful experience that seems to have turned out for the better. Aren't friends just the best; I am so happy that you have good people around you! You are truly blessed. I hope you are takeing good care of yourself and following the doctor's instructions. Your pets must have been beside themelves with worry for you! They must be providing you with a great deal of comfort. As you recuperate be sure to eat well, drink plenty and slowly exercise and before you know it you will be good as new. Take very good care of yourself. Sue

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    1. Thank you so much for your good wishes Sue. I feel much better today. P

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  11. I guess the moral to this story is... if you live alone, you MUST have a good support system no matter where you live. Some kind of system that requires chatting with at least one person on a daily basis. Stuff can happen so quickly...or sometimes so slowly that you don't notice. Thank god the landlord stepped up in the nick of time..but what if he'd waited another day? Too scary. There really needs to be some kind of alert system in place. A calls B..B calls C ...C calls D......

    Stay safe,

    Kip

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  12. I totally agree with you on that Kip. I am in the process of also getting emergency numbers and emergency people to go to the free hospital. Your friend, p

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