- not to take it lightly, truely an experience. not to sound cold, but it reminds me of kaiser hospital/system back in the states. you never mentioned, whatMessage 1 of 7 , Oct 31, 2005View Sourcenot to take it lightly, truely an experience. not to sound cold, but
it reminds me of kaiser hospital/system back in the states. you never
mentioned, what finally happened to the baby...if he/she is all and well
- The last time I saw the baby was when the doc at Liberia hospital took her in. I heard later that plastic spider loged in the throat was abstracted withoutMessage 2 of 7 , Oct 31, 2005View SourceThe last time I saw the baby was when the doc at Liberia hospital took her in. I heard later that plastic spider loged in the throat was abstracted without surgery :) My wife and I went to the home where the incident occured. When I walked up I could see the baby inside then someone took the baby and went to a back room, I could see thru the window. They never answered the door.
After all is said and done this place is still paradise. We love it here, especially when we go exploring thru rivers and streams. Nearby there are beaches that are so isolated that you rarely see anyone there.
I would think that more would be interested in what happened. But if most of you are in the 'central valley' I guess that wouldn't happen there so I supose it doesn't matter?
- ... My opinion would be that more were extremely interested in what happened, but then it only takes one person to ask a question for the rest of us to satisfyMessage 3 of 7 , Nov 1, 2005View Source
> I would think that more would be interested in whatMy opinion would be that more were extremely
interested in what happened, but then it only takes
one person to ask a question for the rest of us to
satisfy our curiosity and interest.
My wife and I have discussed this issue of emergency
care many times. Both for ourselves, and for others.
Thankfully, she is a nurse, and that helps in many
cases. Many of the locals know of her experiences, so
it is not uncommon for them to be on our doorstep. She
does what she can for primary care and provides
recommendations of the needs for more experienced care
if the need is there.
In the states, she could not afford to provide the
care with the liability she would have to take on.
Although, in emergency cases, even there, that mindset
goes out the window.
In the campo, one has to be aware that experiences
like these are not isolated cases. It is part of life.
We know that if anything life threatening happens to
either of us, our life may terminate perhaps a bit
prematurely. But then, that is a decision that each
must make for themselves. It's just a part of the
trade off one must make to be satisfied living in the
area we live in.
Of a benefit to our area, there is now a Doctor,
trained in the US, within 20 minutes. You may have to
drag him out of the ocean, off of his surf board, to
get assistance, but that is better than an hour's
drive to a hospital - and the borderline care that
would occur there.
It is just an honor to you that you went the extra
mile to help.
And so much for my dos colones, now inflated to un
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- Interesting thread on first aid here. One thing that is a really good idea is to purchase a very complete first aid kit. Accidents happen and you don t want toMessage 4 of 7 , Nov 1, 2005View SourceInteresting thread on first aid here. One thing that is a really good
idea is to purchase a very complete first aid kit. Accidents happen
and you don't want to be sitting there wishing you could find a
butterfly band-aid while someone is bleeding.
Our substitute housekeeper and cook while Ana is in school is involved
in volunteer work here and her husband works as a driver for the Red
Cross. They are trying to get me involved with rescue equipment - one
of the things that they lust for is my climbing gear. We were supposed
to go out rapelling a couple of weekends ago, but I couldn't make it.
I wonder what I am getting myself into here. Since we are the largest
city near La Fortuna, I assume the Red Cross here is involved in
rescuing tourist at times.
We have had our share of injuries on the fincas - but so far, there
hasn't been any issues with getting assitance in Monterrey where there
is a clinic. Also, in a small town often everyone KNOWS where the
doctor is all the time.
Joe - I think there is a trade off - true, you might not be able to
get to a doctor quickly which might shorten your life - but then again
you might be lengthening it by living in the campo away from the
polution of the cities.
- prompted by the first aid post, i felt like piping in for earthquake preparedness. part of earthquake preparedness is knowing that your neighbors likely willMessage 5 of 7 , Nov 1, 2005View Sourceprompted by the "first aid" post, i felt like piping in for earthquake
part of earthquake preparedness is knowing that your neighbors likely
will NOT be ready for earthquake complications.
we keep two barrels of water standing at all times, with a little
bleach in them. we keep many cans of tuna, flashlights, batteries,
blankets, bandages, a radio, candles, first aid kits with
sewing/stitching materials, local anaesthetic, antiseptic. we also
keep large jugs filled with water for flushing and boiling, in
addition to the barrels.
make a household plan as well. when we had the last quake that just
went on and on and on, and really rocked the neighborhood and threw
things off the shelves, we were in our designated area with shoes and
layers of clothes on, and went to sleep there on the floor on top of
our blankets, with all our stuff there with us. it was a good good
drill. while the neighbors were scrambling for batteries and candles,
we were sleeping lightly on the shaking floor, ready for whatever
i've seen what happens in many neighborhoods where people are not
prepared. sometimes people take to the streets like it's some kind of
new years eve festivity, some wander around praying and crying, but
i've seen few who seemed to know what was going on. many just wander
around the front door of the house, and many will go sit in their
cars. i have never seen anyone go outside and holler to see if
everyone's okay. we do that. we check outside for anyone who needs to
holler for help. no one seems to have any direction until somebody
starts acting responsibly.
my husband was here for the big one in the early 90's, and barely got
himself and his daughter out of their large house while the columns
were crumbling down. he was pushing someone in a wheelchair, and that
guy suffered a gash from the columns along his shoulder that went
almost to his elbow. but my husband was ready with supplies and water
and first aid. there was no infection and he didn't bleed too much.
i urge everyone to just do some simple permanently standing
preparations, and remember you might be one of the few in your
neighborhood who thinks ahead for this, so stash plenty of water.
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- One of the things we use rarely, but when we do, it is great. We have a hand pump filter that would probably filter sewage water if I needed to. I tend to keepMessage 7 of 7 , Nov 1, 2005View SourceOne of the things we use rarely, but when we do, it is great. We have
a hand pump filter that would probably filter sewage water if I needed
to. I tend to keep it with me if I am out in the campo. If I doubt the
water and my water ran out - I just wander over to the nearest spring
and refill my container.
These are not very expensive - less than 100 dollars - and then you
don't have to worry about running out of water. Those who want water
can help pump!