Going to the Doctor in Mexico – Day in the Life of an Expat

Day in the Life of an Expat in Mexico - Going to the Doctor
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Going to the doctor in Mexico. Not something that a person would normally write about, much less photograph. But when you are an expat, a person who has moved to a country that isn’t their birthplace, everything tends to be a little different from home. For the most part, it’s all good. You accept it for what it is and move on. But for those that remain in their homeland, I thought it would be fun to share my point of view as an expat in Mexico. Something as simple as going to the doctor is a change from the norm for me :-)

Day in the Life of an Expat in Mexico - Going to the Doctor

UPDATE: It was brought to my attention that the photo of my blood being drawn was offensive to some. For this reason, I  updated the post so that this picture appears less prominently. It will not be removed as having blood drawn was the main reason for this doctor’s visit.

Tristan, our four-year-old, was my travel buddy for the day. This bus stop is only a block from our home and great for catching bus #17 to the west-side of town.
This was a first for me. Our bus driver apparently needed a pit-stop. He returned to the bus with a sandwich in tow. I guess everyone gets hungry, even bus drivers ;-)
Day in the Life of an Expat in Mexico - Going to the Doctor
This doctor in Mexico specializes in surgeries like c-sections and appendectomies. He is also our family doctor. Why? He speaks a little English and medical terms can be complicated. We also like him. He is funny and kind. So we pay a little more than the going rates, and we travel across town just to see Dr. Ferinando.
Day in the Life of an Expat in Mexico - Going to the Doctor
Fun part. Getting blood drawn is always a hoot. I also gave them a urine sample. Complete lab results and my doctor in Mexico cost me $700 pesos. That is about $37.50 as of today’s rates, 3/22/18.
After the doctor, Tristan and I visited the veterinarian next door. They have bunnies, ducks, guinea pigs, and a two-legged dog. Don’t be sad. The dog is really sweet, and they saved her after she was hit by a car. She has a home now.
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That taxi driver was negotiating a price for those boots. They don’t ever call them yard sales, or garage sales, in Mexico, but that is kinda what this is. People set up little “bazaars” and sell their goods. And I don’t know if he bought the boots or not ;-)
This dog may have a home but many Mexican dogs do not. We call them “street dogs”. Sometimes it is a very sad sight. That is why I said don’t be sad for the two-legged dog that lives at the vet down the street. Be sad for the “street dogs”.
Ahhh… tacos!!! I couldn’t eat that morning due to blood being drawn, so food was definitely on the agenda. Tristan enjoyed it too :-)
And our last stop before boarding the bus for home… Oxxo! I am not picky about my coffee and almost every Pemex gas station has an Oxxo convenient store. Oxxo has coffee. I like coffee. First tacos, then coffee. Tristan had a juice :-)
The best part of the morning, besides spending it with my little son, was hearing this old guy play the guitar and sing to us on the way home. He isn’t the first bus musician we have encountered. They make for an interesting bus ride. And of course, I tipped him.

Signing off in Mexico, Tina

Originally posted on Los Gringos Locos on March 24, 2018

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