Saturday, August 08, 2015

A tired Ambulance Day

I needed some cat and dog food, to charge my Cel and to check out prices on a back-pack sprayer. Lorena needed something which I don't remember and Vero needed some baby stuff from Farmacia Arias. Off we headed for a quick hour long trip.

At the last water crossing we came across Reina, a neighbor,  who told us that the old guy sitting on the side of the road slipped while crossing the water and fell. Lorena noticed he was crying from the pain. He was with his wife but very little she could do so we put our heads together and decided he needed a ride to Centro de Salud. Luckily people passing were helpful because he needed to be lifted into the car. Two moms, three kids and me were joined by this elderly couple into Melaque.

I got a wheel chair at Centro de Salud and again passer-bys helped move him from the car to the chair. Almost immediately the nurse determined he needed an X-Ray on his knee but Seguro Popular was not there so he had to go to Rayos-X's which is about 4 blocks away. More pain for him and more helpful people getting him into "the Ambulance".

We left he and his wife at the X-Ray shop while we did all our chores and came back about a half hour latter. He definitely had a broken knee and two X-Rays at 300 pesos a piece was 600 and she didn't have that much. Only option was to head back to Pinal Villa for the wife's money and Lorena and Vero had clothes in machines and hungry families.

I went back 20 minutes later to take her and her 600 pesos to the X-Ray shop and was relieved to find family there with a vehicle and ready to take over "the Ambulance" duties. All in the life of living in a small and relatively poor community.


The construction of the house finished in April 2011 and I'm pretty much settled in. As of March 2014 I'm in preparation for rain mode for this coming summer. That includes sealing and painting things and dealing with drainage issues from last year.

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