La Corona keeps going up while KR goes down
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.
It appears as though there is just enough space for my family to visit…have you considered a fifth and sixth floor design? We wish KR a quick, painless recovery.
Hi Karen and Fred, Everything looks great, Karen sorry about your elbow, hope it heals fast, Fred, sounds like your project is doing well
Scott and Pie
Keeping up with you is an adventure in it’s self ! Sooo sorry that Karen broke her elbow followed by surgery, thankfully she is on the road to recovery. Remember when I fell over my suitcase at Casa Andrea and hurt but didn’t brake my elbow…the pain was horrible, the entire vacation I was in a sling and it took six months to get back to normal. I feel badly for Karen and send love. Geez, what a whirlwind trying to complete Casa Corona or Corona Hollywood as it’s becoming…much like Chonchos 😉 and you blondie, yucking it up with the Mayor of L.A. and Jay Leno…of course you are!!!!!!
Sending lot’s of love.
Debbie and Dennis
Alcohol, pool and passing out. Great combo! And I’m tagged as a Folly?
Karen, you looked so sad in that bed!? 8^((
I wish you speedy healing.
House is shaping up nicely and I like the new outside color.
The view looks outrageous.
Fred, Amazing what you have pulled together in such a short time. Love reading about your building adventures in PV.
I am rebuilding a family home with a brother (he is doing the heavy lifting and I am writing half the checks to the Polish workmen) on the island of Texel (island in the NorthSea).
Speedy recovery to Karen,
Add our list to best wishes for a speedy recovery for the lovely Ms. Rutherford. How is the training coming along, drinking wine with her left hand?
Love the house, beautiful really and only surpassed by the view.
Gregg & Tish
Hi Karen: I admire you for all your energy you have put in the Corona project. Congratulation, I hope that everything is healing well with your elbow.
Enjoy the rainy season. Here it has been, around 112 to 115 degrees. Take care and say hello to Fred Carinos de Peter y Aneth Chen Hershfield