A few weeks ago I wasn’t feeling so good, I had pressure in the chest that would last about fifteen minutes and then go away. I got worried and drove back to the US and went to an ER to get checked out. As a prior heart patient I thought it was the prudent thing to do. The kind folks there checked me out and kept me overnight to be safe. In the AM my Cardiologist checked my tests out and made an appointment the following day for a consultation. Then I was scheduled for a stress test the next day. The results of the stress test didn’t come in until the following day. The results show I have some scaring that may be causing some problem with the arteries contracting therefore I’m another medication to help keep the arteries open. The medication seems to be working.
On another note; I had to have some work done on the house. The roof need to be recoated. Every five years the roof needs a new coat of roof sealant . While the men were here coating the roof I had some garden work done. I had trees planted and other trees and bushes pruned and the garden cleaned up. All day there was work being done on the house and garden. The garden looks neater now and I feel better after having the roof sealed. We don’t get much rain here, but when we do it is a gully washer and a leaky roof causes a lot of expensive damage.
Here are a few photos, nothing dramatic, about the work that was done. The truck was filled up with debris from the garden twice.
filled truck 2x with debris
I had the men working on my house move some rocks and plants for my neighbor
Men working on roof
I am getting close to having lived full-time for six years in Mexico at the same address. I have never lived that long in one place in my life. I also have never been happier. Mexico isn’t for everyone there are lots of differences between Mexico and the USA some nice some not so nice. I am still learning the language, and finding out things about the culture yet my desire to remain here is as strong as ever. I’m an odd duck, I am happier living in a country other than the one of my birth in a land who’s culture and language I don’t fully understand than in the country of my birth. I wear the label Expatriate with pride !
As an aside I’m writing this as my housekeeper is cleaning my house and we are chatting back and forth about the house who called what her children are doing and what I should buy in the store for cleaning supplies, all in Spanish! Which gives me a smidgen of satisfaction as I flunked Spanish and French in High School ! So take that you teachers in High School !
Just short of two months post-op double by-pass and feeling well for the most part. I still have some occasional pain in the sternum area that is not debilitating. My energy seems to be improving as I can now walk (slowly) two miles a day and I don’t need long naps so much. I thought with the walking every day I would lose weight but that hasn’t happened. I have adjusted my diet to limit salt and fat as much as I can. So, not losing weight has frustrated me. I can drive myself to town and do my own shopping still don’t feel like driving to town at night for dinner. I think that I’ll feel better about driving to town soon as I’m getting more stamina every week. Tonight I’m going to the local Camp Cantina for dinner with neighbors it isn’t far from the house. I like their Taco Salads, they are very well done and tasty.
Next week I plan to drive myself to El Centro CA for a doctor’s appointment. My Cardiologist recommended that I have a GP locally and the appointment is next week. I’ll go up to the “Old Country” the day before and stay in a motel overnight so I’ll be rested for the appointment with the new doctor. After the appointment I’ll do a little shopping and return to San Felipe. Hopefully all will go smoothly.
Further update for the month of June;
I have been able to enjoy some social visits and now can drive long distances as long as I use my special belt to minimize my back pain. I have driven by myself to the “Old Country” several times including a visit to a new General Practice Doctor in El Centro CA. She sent me for a mammogram and a bone scan both are unnecessary and the lady at the mammogram clinic was so rude I got up and left. Long story but for some reason I seem to attract health care professionals who are either rude, uncaring, and or incompetent, my tolerance of such people has gotten shorter as I get older.
I have been more socially active going in town for breakfast, joining neighbors for the full moon gathering and dining out in town. This improves my spirits and give me an opportunity to socialize and feel more engaged with others. I still get tired from time to time and need to rest for a while a short rest and I’m almost back to normal. I have been tending my garden myself and it feels good to out in the early morning working on the garden.
I also have been taking care of myself by having my hair colored and a pedicure at a local salon. Getting these done improves my looks (I think) and my self-esteem. here is a photo of me and my friend Irene getting our pedicures.
The ladies doing the pedicures were caught off guard they usually are smiling and joking while they work and they are very dear to me.
Now it is the fourth of July weekend there will be lots of parties and fireworks hopefully all pets will be kept safe so they don’t run away and get lost.
That’s all for now will chat later.