Monday, April 13, 2009
I have been sick and in a lot of pain now for almost two weeks, so the MesoAmerica director and I decided I needed to go to the doctor. The doctor that works closely with our school and insurance was working in the Emergancy Room today, so I made the trip downtown to the ER. I was very nervous because for one I don't like hospitals/needles and I also wasn't sure how much English would be spoken. I was greeted at the front desk and all of the paper work had been taken care of by the insurance company beforehand which made it easy. I waited for about 20 minutes, the nurse checked me out, then I waited for another 45 minutes to see the doctor. I had some tests taken and need to go back tomorrow to discuss the results. I was very impressed with how much English was spoken and hope that in the hospitals in the US equally as much Spanish is spoken. It's scary to walk into a hospital, sick and not knowing if the doctor will understand what's wrong. My director told the doctor that I understood and spoke Spanish, so it was mostly a Spanish visit; which was fine - it's always good to practice. Since Costa Rica is rivaling third world status I didn't have high hopes for the health care and hospital, but it seemed as nice as any in the United States and the service certainly was a lot faster.