Last night the rainy season officially started with thunder, lightning and pouring rain until 4:00AM. Lilly rode out the storm sitting on my head while licking my ear. The thunder and lightning blended nicely with the glow and music coming from the clubs on the malecón below. Apparently nothing dampens a good party in PV. Since our new temporary apartment doesn’t even have Spanish TV, I watched a DVD of Pride and Prejudice with subtitles to pass the time. It’s a good movie, especially after a screwdriver. KR didn’t hear any of this, nor see the season’s first light show, as she was sleeping like a log in the hospital after surgery.
Well, where do we start in catching you up?
How about KR’s new temporary apartment in the large condo building next door to La Corona? KR moved in this week as it has a pool, kitchen, running water, and all the amenities that the previous place didn’t. It’s quite lovely with a nice view of the malecón. As it’s now getting hot, I can attest to the very positive effects of splish-splashing in the pool.
Which I guess brings us to the surgery, as the pool played a role. After going to one of my favorite restaurants on Saturday night, KR, Harriet (who was staying with us for a couple of days) and I come back to the apartment and started playing in the pool. A couple of screwdrivers into the evening and I’m relaxing on the float (Harriet and KR say I was passed out with said screwdriver in the float’s cup holder) and KR gets out of the pool and slips on the wet cement floor and cracks a piece of her elbow off. She’s in lots of pain, so Harriet wakes me and I jump into action – that is I jump out of the pool and jump into bed for the evening. No sense for all of us to lose sleep, huh? The next morning I do my part in getting KR ready for the doctor by getting us all vanilla lattes from Starbucks. Someone has to remain calm during the chaos.
Harriet takes charge in a way only Harriet can. In short order, the following happens: a call to Harriet’s doctor gets us off to hospital #1 for a 9:30 appointment; a 10:00 X-Ray (it’s not good news, KR needs surgery); a call goes out to the #2 orthopedic surgeon in town (the #1 is vacationing); we arrive at hospital #2 (which is brand new and spotless) in which we check KR in before noon, meet with the surgeon to learn tonight’s as good as any for surgery; which KR has from 5:30-7:30; it goes without a hitch but KR has to stay overnight; I come by the next morning to go over home care requirements; check KR out less than 24 hours and is back “home”. I’m writing this from the window seat on UA Airways #363 back to LA.
All of this costs us less than $4000. Doctor #1 and X-Ray about $100. Hospital costs about $1750. Surgeon’s costs about $1750 (as only Sam can do, he found a video of the surgeon on the internet. Here it is if you’re interested : http://www.hospitalcmq.com/en/our-videos.html ). First round of prescriptions about $120. Collateral damage is a little tougher to estimate: the Iron Duke sprung a lead in itsradiator and the electronics counsel on the ceiling fell off while driving back from the hospital. I walked around the corner and found Hectar, who will fix it on Monday. KR has her own unique way of looking at costs as she thinks this was expensive – about the cost of the refrigerator she had wanted: )
KR will be a wounded warrior for the next three weeks or so. Her arm is bandaged in a sling, but doesn’t have a cast. The doctor says she shouldn’t drive, but we’ll see. Walking everywhere will probably do her good.
As for La Corona, see pictures below. We’re well on the way building the new wing, Raphael’s Folly, and it really does add a lot of space. We’re still waiting on the elevator to put in the shaft that we’re constructing. The top deck is 80% complete as is the pool. Our goal is to get most of the outdoor stuff done in the next three weeks. We then have some serious decisions to make regarding bathrooms and kitchen details, but that’s fodder for the next trip.
UPDATE: In the week or so since beginning this post, KR has adopted well to her one-winged status. She can’t really drive, so she’s walking more and taking taxis when needed. The boys at La Corona have built her a new, easier to use stairs/ladder to the second floor. It now rains mightily every night, scaring Lilly to no end. True to his word, Isidro’s crew keep on working whether rain or shine.