I think I’ve done a great job of painting a lovely picture of life here with the birds and the horses. The parades and parties. The pool and the Mercado. But the fact is, I’ve been sick off and on since I arrived. Many people speak of the adjustment period and intestinal distress. No big deal. Everybody gets it and then you get over it. So I went to a recommended Mexican homeopath. He put the stethoscope on my stomach and declared, “Muchas gases!” Really? I could have told him that but I took his natural remedy for another week until I realized, this is a big deal to me. So I went in search of an MD, thank you very much.
Meanwhile my neighbor Ria tells me all I need is Pepto Bismol. She carries a small amount when she goes out and has a swig before eating or drinking. Okay… I’m no doctor but I’m pretty sure Pepto isn’t the answer to the party going on in my gut. Bless her heart, she brought over a container of homemade chicken feet soup. Okay… Ria says that it cures everything including wrinkles. I thanked her for the soup but I did not thank her for the mention about my wrinkles.
My friend Bettina sent me a text, “I’m bloated, have diarrhea, am nauseated. It made me think of you.” So sweet.
Anyway, I was outside and here comes Ria all upset because she hasn’t been able to reach me, and how am I, and how’s the soup holding out etc. etc. I told her I am going to see Dr. Hernandez, a real MD. She of course said, “Oh no! He’s the Gringo Doctor” and I thought, “Thank God!” Dr. Hernadez diagnosed me with a parasite, gave me some pills and now I’m better.
How did I get it? Nobody knows but everybody seems to get at least a touch of it. I’ve heard everything from “It’s the ice cubes, they have to have a hole in them to be safe.” to “It’s just in the air.” to “Don’t trust your home filtration system.” I’m trying to build up some immunity by not breathing and drinking more tequila than water. So far it’s working.
The donkey in the photo is the little guy I encountered on the road walking to my Gringo Doctor. I picked him some grass so now we’re friends.