Got to see the doctor at 3:40 p.m. A few minutes into my appointment I was glad I had chosen to stay as he truly listened and had a great bedside manner. He told me he would have to order a complete lab analysis (blood work). Since it was already late in the day they would not have the results to him until the following day, so set up an appointment for Thursday.
The lab place was next to the clinic so I did not have to go far...which was good because my legs were hurting like hell...so much so that I had to take a cane with me for support. I am a coward when it comes to needles but I must admit that I barely felt the prick. Was told my results could be viewed online as soon as they became available and they gave me a control number and code in order to access them.
How much do you think it cost me for a full blood work and urinalysis? I paid $605.00 Mexican pesos.
605.00 Mexican pesos divided by an exchange rate of 12.50 = USD $48.40
I was so surprised at the amount as I used to pay $185.00 American Dollars when I had lab work done at my Del Rio doctor's office...that was only to check my cholesterol level and liver function while I was taking Crestor (drug used to lower cholesterol).
Went back Thursday and was given my results...already knew my cholesterol would be through the roof... and it was. My blood sugar did not look good either but for now would not require medication.
The lab results indicated I had a severe infection...would you believe from the cold or flu that I had back in December and January that I never went to the doctor for. Regarding the pain in my legs...it should be gone in 10 days...sure hope he is right. I have only taken the medication for one day and already I feel better. He charged me $300.00 Mexican pesos for the office visit, that translates to $24.00 American Dollars.
Even though I buy my medication for high blood pressure at a grocery store, I decided to go to one of the better pharmacies in Ciudad Acuna...Farmacias Guadalajara...as they tend to move a lot more merchandise as far as patented medicine is concerned. I did not like them and as exclusive as they are was surprised they gave me a receipt I could not even read because the ink was almost invisible. Complained to the clerk but she just shrug her shoulders. You can bet your bottom dollar, I will never be back!
|My drug stash|
They did not carry one of the medications I required so I went to another popular pharmacy Benavides. Not only could I read their receipt, they offer a discount card to people 45 and over and special prices at different times of the month. I will definitively come back here if I require more medication.
Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.