Feb 27, 2012, 7:46 AM
Post #5 of 15
Thanks a lot for that answer. What I am trying to do for those who may be new to your area is for you to share those experiences with others in your area who may not be familiar with the hospitals that are in your area. That is great that this hospital you mentioned is that good. Can you enlighten all of us a bit more as to the questions I asked. It would really be appreciated by many I am sure.
There is nothing quite like needing a hospital and not knowing which ones are good and which are not. It seems as though you have a lot of positive information to share. I would hope you would take the little time and share that good information with the rest of us, in case we ever have need of such a facility in the Guadalajara area.
Here was my experience when we had to take my father-in-law to a well known and respected doctor for a serious infection including the beginning of gangrene to his foot. We had to find a hospital fast as he was deteriorating fast. At 80 plus years old this was nothing to fool around with. The doctor (Ramon Corona is excellent. The hospital conditions such as you will see.
My father-in-law has a really bad foot and the toes on that foot were turning black. He is a diabetic, but his problem stems from an accident he had years ago while working at Pemex, when his foot was crushed.
Like many Mexicans, he decided that doctors were too expensive and of course he had no insurance. He is 84 years old. As a result of the accident, the nail on his big toe and the one next to it, was deforming. Instead of going to a doctor to get the nail pulled and let a new one grow in, he kept cutting it and cutting it himself, until there was almost no nail. His toe became infected and he just kept cutting away. As I said he is a diabetic, which has interacted with the situation, until now his foot, yes the whole foot, is infected. I finally convinced him that he needs to go to a specialist, or to please choose his spot in our Memorial Garden at the house. His sugar hit 226 and he had a temperature starting to get a little high. His back around his kidney area are was painful and he was peeing about 6 or 7 times a night.
We found a specialist in San Juan del Rio after first going to a couple of non descript doctors (so he would not have to spend so much money). That was after he lost about $6000 Pesos on these "$50 Pesos "Pharmacy doctors" . . . . . . I said "no more" and that he either had to go to a good recognized doctor who was a specialist or suffer the results, and pick his spot out in the garden.
We finally found this specialist who seems to be pretty good. The first day out patient cost for debridement and dressing the foot, $1000 MX. After a six hour wait for the doctor who was in surgery, the doctor came and looked at his foot and provided a good thorough wound care, then we found out there was no room at this doctors’ hospital, so we had to bring him back (the following day) yesterday. Cost for a five day stay . . . . . $30,000.00 MX (that’s just the cost of the hospital) and the place is not very well maintained. It is clean enough, but the furnishings are in terrible condition, including a mattress picked open, by previous patients, etc., but the television is (believe it or not) a top name, flat screen as good as I have at the house. There is no source for heating food for the patient and no kitchen facility (even a common kitchen) for the patients or their family to be able to use. Oh yes . . . . . by the way . . . . . there is no running water!!!! This doctor may be good but his hospital is in terrible condition. As far as I am concerned it should be closed down! The name of this hospital is Clinica de Especialidades Medicas, de San Juan del Rio.
Supposedly the water problem is being repaired, but the hard water stains tell me different. We'll see if it is repaired before he is to leave the hospital. . . . . . . . . Hard to believe.
An update on the treatment (day three) there is definite improvement the foot has now lost the black color and his sugar has dropped by a little over 100 points. He is n continuous IV drip with a double bag of IV’s running into him 24 hours a day. He gets continuous meds injected into the IV’s. He is to remain in bed, and not get out even to go to the bathroom. His foot is under an iodized lamp of some sort 24 hours a day.
Like I said . . . .the doctor is good, no doubt about that at this point, but his hospital is not and I really think for a place that is a specialized facility for treating infections, it is really a place for prime concern.