Yesterday I went into the hospital and had my cast replaced with a walking cast. This new cast is so nice…I can actually walk on it. Looks like I’ll have this new one on for 2 months. Funny…the surgeon told me to try to stay off of my feet for three or four days. As luck would have it…my wife and I ran into him today while we were shopping at the grocery store. I was carrying my one crutch in the cart. When I saw him I immediately grabbed the crutch and pretended to be using it! He laughed and took the crutch and pretended to throw it away. He said…if it’s not hurting you to walk on it…then no problem..at least that’s what I think he said since it was all in Spanish…but I got the point. While medical care is super cheap…I was charged about $5 for the cast replacement…you need a little patience down here…after all…it IS Latin America! My appointment was at 2 but he couldn’t see me until about 5 due to the fact he was busy with some surgeries. I took some pictures of my incision, him sawing the cast off, and putting the new one on. He seemed pleased about my attention…I told him today that he was a mini-celebrity with my family in the United States as I had sent the pictures via email earlier today. I WONDER if a U.S. physician would have been as unfazed as he was with my picture taking activity. He/she could have been worried about some kind of legal liability that this would incur!
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