Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Photos of the Revolution Day parade

These two little kids are stuck in traffic on a float. They look tired. I was tired by then too. It said online that it started at nine thirty. I was there at nine and it had already started. So I chased them for blocks, taking photos all the way. Then I had to walk back home so I took photos from the front of everything. The kids were so cute in their costumes and doing their routines. It was worth all that fast walking for me. 

This is my favorite photo. The little girl was so sweet, on her way to join the parade but she stopped for me so I could take her picture. 

The little girl in the above photo was dancing.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Morning Thoughts

Yesterday was Maket day. I went down for a little while with Chico. I am over the Pneumonia but just doing a little bit each day. I still don't feel strong enough to go to the spa. I didn't even have enough energy to take any photos at the market. I bought a very large pewter bowl for ten dollars. It is on my kitchen table with a screen over it that happens to just fit. Here are some photos of it. 

This is it with the screen on top that I already had. 

It has designs of veggies in it.

This is the bottom of it. 

I always look at the junk dealers stalls for treasures. I have a small collection of pewter. Other than this piece, I just bought a few veggies and walked home very tired. I am trying not to overdo it.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Morning Thoughts

Today is the first day of feeling normal physically in weeks. I must be careful not to overdo it. That is my way. Overdoing everything. And then I pay the price with a setback. So all I am doing today is some housecleaning, laundry and maybe a short walk with Chico. Tomorrow is market day and I will walk down and buy some veggies. Hopefully on Thursday I can get to the spa. I hate that cave steam room but it would be a good thing for my lungs.

The weather here has been beautiful. I sit in the sunshine in the afternoons. Friends have come down and I haven't been able to visit with them. Maybe in a few days I will feel up to doing that. One friend just returned from a trip to Iran and she has a bad case of Broncitis. Another friend has emphysema. I feel for both of them. Not being able to breathe is very difficult. I am glad my problem is over, hopefully, now.

DON'T OVERDO IT PATRICIA!  My advice to myself that I hope I can keep today and the next few days. Funny about physical pain, it is so easy to forget once it is gone. Otherwise women would only have one child and say, NO MORE.  I remember when I was in high school and had my appendix out. I thought that if the pain would go away and I could get out of the hospital, I would be happy for the rest of my life. But I forgot once I was well and went on with all the heartaches and triumphs that come with being alive. The memory of that pain completely forgotten. 

This is the high season now, although this entire year has felt like the high season. There doesn't seem to be a low season anymore. The hotels are pretty much booked up now until around April. If you come down without a reservation, good luck in finding anything.

I have been sick for many weeks. I missed most of the Day of the Dead celebrations and I don't know what else. Staying home is now my safety zone and I almost don't want to go out in the world again. Hopefully, in a few days of being well here I will be bored and feel like joining the living again. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A few Halloween photos

Unfortunately I was sick on Halloween. I was planning on going trick or treating with this group of friends. But my friend Dulce sent me these photos. I was so sorry that I had to miss it. I am feeling better. Maybe in a few days the doctor will say I can go out in public again. 

How could anyone say no to those beautiful smiles? There are a few more photos plus the article about the Thriller Dance posted on 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Morning Thoughts about the doctor and Pneumonia

I was asked again about how I am feeling. So here goes....  I went to the doctor yesterday at the Ajijic Hospital. I usually don't recommend doctors or restaurants or dentists because others may have a different experience but this time I want to recommend the doctor there. His name is Dr. Antonio Herrera Cuesta. He comes in at different hours so it is good to call and find out when he is there. Here is his number: 333 4547783. He is a very young man and very soft spoken. One thing that I love about every doctor I have seen in Mexico, and I have seen a lot, they are all very kind and will listen to what you say. They do not make you strip of your clothes, weigh and measure you and treat you like a body first. First and foremost is that they seem to care about your personality and your spirit, and the body comes next. And they only look at what is troubling you. No invasive other stuff and no sitting half naked in a cold examining room for what seems like hours in the USA.  One of the main reasons I live here is because of the medical care, because of the doctors and nurses I have seen and the hospitals.

Okay, I went in at four thirty and the doctor was right on time. He seemed to be surprised at how much better I had gotten in one week. I have been taking very good care of myself. I told him that is why I didn't want to check into the hospital that first day that I saw him a week earlier. Plus the expense and having no one at home for my animals.  He was dismayed but didn't push me. Later on, when I found out just how dire my situation was, i might have changed my mind about that. But this week there were no more bees in my chest or ghosts talking about what to do with me when I arrived wherever a person arrives after dying. I was much clearer. But i am still not well.

He said it was okay for me to walk a bit so i did walk to the hospital and back but i can't be around people for another seven days and sees him again. He charges 300 pesos. That is around 16 dollars. I noticed on the board, a night at the hospital is only 900 pesos.  They also have an x ray machine but I didn't ask the cost and they have a lab and full operating room and one or two hospital rooms.

Anyway, my daughter-in-law who is a nurse had told me to get pregnazone and use it too. So I bought a box. I told the doctor and he said no, that there was a shot that worked better and has no side affects. So He gave me another bunch of prescriptions. I walked to the generic pharmacy and bought the shot and almost everything else and walked back to the hospital and for 30 pesos the nurse gave me the shot. I have to get another one today. I think it is a steroid.  And I have another round of antibiotics to take and of course the noisy nebulizer.

I walked home. And it takes most of my day just doing all this drug routine but my garden is beautiful and sunny. I have been sitting out there and enjoying my plants. The barking dogs next door--not so much.   No more sightings from the pit bull that so casually walked into my house a few days ago, took a huge dump in my kitchen, drank Chico's water and walked back out the front door. 

I constantly drink herbal tea with honey and then juice.....   So, hopefully this will be over soon and I can get back to the spa and spend a lot of time in their natural steam room.  Thank you all so much for your outpouring of concern for me. I really appreciate that. Looks like i will live a bit longer but i will maybe wait a couple of days before writing again. I wrote an article for under blogs. Maybe it is published now, about the Thriller Dance. Haven't done anything since but I do have photos of the trick or treaters I was sent to put in another article when I am up to writing again. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Morning Thoughts

The last of the Day of the Dead holidays are finally over, I think. I can never be sure about the holidays here because they last so long.

 I am very sick. I have pneumonia. I went to a different clinic than the expensive one I went to the first time. I had about three days of being well, just enough time to go to the Thriller Dance and then it hit me again. So off I went to the Ajijic Hospital, afraid of what he would say. And I was right. He wanted to immediately put me into the hospital there. I said no. For many reasons, money being one, my animals at home being another and the third is I hate being in a hospital. I can take better care of myself at home. 

So I bought a nebulizer at the Guadalajara pharmacy and a bunch of meds and walked home. It sure seems like a long ways when it is impossible to breathe. But I made it. Put the nebulizer together and no steam. I worked with it most of the day and realized that the instructions inside the box and the photos of the parts did not match the parts, and all instructions of course were in Spanish.   So no treatments that day. The next day I went back to the pharmacy with the useless nebulizer, feeling even weaker, and the manager spent a lot of time there trying to get it to work. He agreed that the directions didn't match the parts. But he finally knew enough about the part that wasn't listed that it was missing a very small and essential part in order to make stem. So he put that other part in and it worked. 

Today is my second day of being home and doing the nebulizer every few hours. Friends have brought me food and I stupidly spend too much time looking at the US news. Making myself depressed. I can't do much else. Just walking from one room to the next is exhausting. I really feel sorry for people with permanent lung problems. And I am hoping mine won't be permanent. It sounds like a bunch of bees are in my chest and also people are having conversations in there. I can't quite figure out their words, just all their noises. Maybe it is ghosts trying to figure out how to kill me off while I am here and sick. I know that some people die from pneumonia. Okay, I am ready. Take me away if that is what you want, you ghosts inside my chest, chattering away. How fitting, to die on the Day of the Dead Holiday. 

But, hopefully, I will get well  and be able to live again. I have had this same sickness twice this month and a cold before that.

The Day of the Dead celebrations were wild here. It was too noisy to sleep. My neighbor spent the day with his friend hammering something between our two roofs. All day long and it sounded like he was right in my house. I have never complained to people here before but I was sick and hurting and it was almost nine at night. They were still hammering. I yelled out the window, asking when they were going to finish. They said, another hour. Then I heard a strange noise in my kitchen. It was their dog. He somehow had climbed up their roof and over to mine and fallen down onto my patio after he tore down my sun shade. Then casually walked into my house, took a huge three piece dump in my bedroom and walked into my kitchen and started drinking Chico's water. This is a big, very strong looking pit bull.  Scary looking but very gentle. Chico and Olive were too stunned to do anything but watch him drink. 

At that point I went off the rails. I made him go out my front door and yelled at my hammering neighbors that their dog was in my house. I forgot that I hadn't combed my hair that day and was wearing my night clothes which means an old t shirt and old lady cotton under pants, nothing else below that.

As I was yelling at them, the dog just casually walked home and I realized that I looked like a total fool . Maybe one of the scary trick or treaters.    That was my Halloween night......

Other than that excitement, I have just been stuck in my house trying to keep on breathing......  and hoping those chattering ghosts in my chest don't win this battle.  Maybe I will spend some time sitting in the sunshine in my garden today. I hope your Day of the Dead holiday was more fun than mine. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Photos of the Thriller Dance at the Ajijic Plaza

I am sick again. So I didn't make it to any other Day of the Dead celebrations. But here are some photos of the thriller dance.

Above is Cortlandt Jones. He directed the dance. Below is him without make up.

Below is a photo he sent me of him in the original Michael Jackson Thriller Dance. He said he is behind Michael Jackson and on the right.

I really wanted to interview him but I got sick again. I have the same problem I had a couple of weeks ago. Guess I will have to force myself to see a doctor today. Here are a few more photos.

At the end of th dance they did a line dance and everyone was invited to join in

Each year the dance is for a nonprofit organization. This year it was for the Tepehua Center. 

Later on, when I feel better, I will write an article with more information for blog. This is about all I feel like doing for now. I think the men in the above photo were about as tired as I feel now.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Morning Thoughts

Chico is looking towards the window. It is closed most morning these days because the air is very cold now. But he loves to listen to all the noise outside. We are coming into one of the noisiest times of the year, the Day of the Dead, which means many days, not just one. Last night and early this morning, the dogs were going crazy because of the fireworks were already going off. My neighbors have three little dogs and one large dog and they all hate the fireworks. I remember the first night I slept here, I thought someone was breaking into my fence because they all throw themselves against a wooden door every time there is a loud noise from the fireworks. I have lived here over two years and they still react the same way with each time. 

One year my neighbors closed off my street, put tables and chairs outside and partied all night long. Loud music, fireworks, eating and drinking, what a night. 

There is so much going on in all the towns that I could not possibly see it all. There are people at the cemeteries, cleaning the graves and putting beautiful wreaths on them and in the evening, sitting on the graves of their loved ones, eating and drinking and playing music.  There are all the altars in Chapala where they have closed off a couple of streets. There are several parades. Today is the Thriller Dance in the afternoon at the Ajijic Plaza and then a parade.  I will for sure make it to that. And I have been invited to go Trick or Treating with friends. I am looking forward to that too. 

These next few days will not be times of relaxing in the peace and quiet.  There won't be any peace and quiet. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Morning thoughts

It is cold here in the mornings. Much too cold for me to go swimming. I am going to have to get used to swimming in the afternoons, when it is always crowded. I forget that we have a winter here too.I only remember after it arrives and it is cold in the mornings and nights. 

This is the weekend of the Day of the Dead. The Thriller Dance will happen on Saturday in the Ajijic plaza. Last year I didn't have a camera that worked. This year I hope to get some good photos of it. I always enjoy this event. And I have been invited to go Trick or Treating with friends and their litte girl. We will go early in the evening so I can get photos of that too. All the altars will be set up in Chapala and people will be cleaning the graves and spending time with their dead loved ones. 

I am almost completely over my Broncitis, or whatever it was. I was never told, just given a useless shot and useless medicine. And overcharged.  I think usually TIME is the best healer for illnesses like that.

It is great to be able to go outside again, and just in time for the holiday. Last year my neighbors closed off the street and brought in tables and chairs and had an all night party. No sleeping for me but it was fun for awhile to listen to the loud music. I must remember to get some candy for their children. 


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Morning Thoughts

This morning for the first time in weeks I am going swimming. It is still cold outside and I am still a little sick. But if I don't go I will end up stark raving mad from all these days of just sitting around the house. I can understand why solitary confinement is such a horrible punishment.

This weekend is the Day of the Dead weekend. Lots of things will be happening. I feel good right now and that is a plus. Maybe I will be able to go out and enjoy some of the activities.

This morning a friend commented on my blog and I was unable to post her comment or answer her. For some crazy reason blogpost has changed things around. Now instead of sending comments to me so I can post them, they send them to another site that is totally incomprehensible to me. So I cannot post comments nor can I answer comments. I will try being patient. That worked the last time blogspot messed up my blog. I must apologize to anyone trying to reach me through the blog. It just won't happen for now... I may have to bring in a computer expert. I am seeing one this weekend. Maybe he can figure it out and get it working again.  In the meantime, I apologize for this next glitch......

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Morning Glories

These are all the same flower. I was so happy to be able to take a short walk with Chico that I put on all three photos, for good luck. And for hoping to be well soon. 

Feeling better

Today I feel well enough to write a little bit on the blog. But still am not completely well. One very important thing I have learned is that if I walk into a clinic or doctor's office and see NO Mexican patients, to walk right out. I can't stress enough how there are two economies here, the Expat and the Mexican. Just as people joke about there being two times. M.T. And E.T. Mexican time or expat time. If you are dealing with Mexican time, well just be patient. That time could end up many hours later than agreed upon, or even days or weeks later.  Or not at all. And don't bother calling that person because you will just get another time set up that won't be met. At that point just give it up and go on with your life.  You can mostly count on Expat time. 

When I first got sick, I could have walked about two blocks further to the Ajijic Hospital and seen a doctor for 300 pesos. Instead I thought I would try the clinic just one block from my house. The doctor was walking out the door as I walked in so I only saw the nurse. She listened to my lungs and gave me a shot and a hand full of prescriptions to have filled.

 When I went to the counter to pay I knew I was in trouble because the clerk was adding up a very long line of figures. It came to Two thousand pesos and I hadn't even seen the doctor. Then is when I looked around the waiting room and saw no Mexicans.  But it was too late for me by then.

They rented me a nebulizer for three days at eighty pesos a day. When I took it back I complained about that bill. And said I was feeling worse. The nurse said that I was really sick and needed to see the doctor and she would see if she could get the appointment a bit less expensive for me. I was sicker than when I first walked in the door a few days earlier.  And I was angry at the bill, about ten times what other doctors charge, IF the doctor hasn't decided to go the expat way of treatment and billing. I will never return to that clinic and only see doctors that I already know, reasonably priced ones.  

Anyway I wasn't even told what was wrong with me. I could hardly breathe. So I am guessing broncitis. I am writing about this as a warning to new people. Find a good, inexpensive doctor before you get sick. Don't let yourself get caught up in the net of expat prices.   Unless you are rich enough that price means nothing to you. Then I say, lucky you and ignore the rest of this post. 

I am still a little sick. It has been about three weeks. I am guessing that I could have stayed in bed all that time and had the same results as paying to see that  nurse and buying all those meds. They did nothing to help me either. 

  This place is really changing. I must be more careful with each encounter here now in order to avoid the expat economy. I do my best not to write anything negative on my blog. It always returns tenfold but I am very upset at their charges. I will not mention the clinic. I just want to warn others about how things have changed here and to be careful before you see the doctor, and ask what to expect to be charged. Look around the waiting room. Are there any Mexicans? If not, you can guess that you are going to be charged expat prices. 

Many very fine doctors here charge three hundred pesos a visit and specialists charge six hundred pesos, maybe a little more now. But I have never been charged two thousand pesos just to see a nurse and get a shot. As I wrote earlier, things have changed here. Since I am still sick, I won't write much more for a few days. I just wanted to get this off my mind as a warning to others. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Chico and I walk home from the Ajijic Plaza

I love to see men taking care of their babies.

This man cares nothing about the light. Red light? Who cares. No one is going to run into a man on a horse. So he went on across the street.