Our stories and photos typically don't highlight the difficulties of living in Mexico; waking up and driving to work in the dark for the majority of the year, summer humidity the devil himself would find refreshing, complicated and [to my American mind] ass-backwards laws...blah, blah, blah. Life in Mexico is just like everywhere else in the world.....[nope, that is a blatant lie]. It is pretty frikin' rad; a margarita and the beach are always just steps away. Whatever is ailing you, doesn't bring ya down for too long. There is too much beauty and vivacity flowing through the streets. Not to mention the blatant reality of how horrific life has the potential to be.
While surfing last week, I cut back on a wave and ¡POP! went my left knee. I have been hobbling around like a gimp for the past week. Bitching, moaning and grumbling.
There have been a few other surf accidents which have kept us out of the water, for short periods of time; sea urchins, bruised/strained ribs, portuguese man o wars, what-have-ya (how can this story be forgotten). In the past, we have tried interesting remedies to get our bodies healthy quickly. Placing a sliced tomato on Sam's ankle overnight to help extract the spines of an urchin, as well as, inflating spiderman floaties to protect my ribs; utterly genius, if you ask me! I don't think it is possible to Macgyver-up a device to help with my knee; pool therapy and lots of patience, is in my future.
Mexico's health care was recently ranked 5th by International Living. From the little experience we have in this area, I do know it is affordable and easy [for us] to access. Some of the local pharmacies have promotions; Mondays 15% discount on prescriptions, Saturday vitamins 25% discount. The last several times we have been deathly ill from 'Mexi-belly', we have called a doctor to come to our house; under $50 usd for both of us to be seen and receive medicine.
Being injured is never fun. Especially for Sam, since I have been a total hag this weekend; adjusting to my new [temporary] situation. However, I honestly believe there is always a valuable lesson unfolding from the change of pace; bringing new opportunities and adventures.