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Newsletter — November 2010

Posted in HealthCare Resources,Newsletter by Pam on October 31, 2010

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HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta
November 2010 Newsletter

We welcome back our “snowbirds”! The rains are gone, the weather’s gorgeous & we are anticipating an outstanding high season. It was a bit difficult to actually make a schedule of clinics due to the multitude of activities going on throughout the Bay of Banderas in November!

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Kudos to the Hotel Marriott

Posted in Personal,Reflections by Pam on October 31, 2010
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Many of us that live here find it a rare occasion when we are in one of the local hotels unless we are attending some type of large event or visiting friends who are here on vacation.The other morning I had the opportunity to witness what I believe to be some outstanding customer service provided by hotel staff. 

Having a 9:45am meeting at the Hotel Marriott I decided to go early so that I could have some breakfast before the meeting. At 9:00 am, the taxi pulled up in front of the lobby. Before I could gather my stuff, a smiling, sharp looking man opened the door, greeted me and asked if I needed assistance. With a big smile! (more…)

My Medical Journey: The Teeth, Update

Posted in Adventures,Reflections by Pam on October 25, 2010
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It has been a couple of weeks since I have updated the progress of my dental journey (for those that are interested). I have had numerous emails from folks that say they are bigger dental weenies than I am (I don’t think that is possible!). After the 3 teeth being pulled, I had a bit of a reprieve – for about ten days while things healed. Besides, it takes some time before the stitches can come out. Really painful? Not really. Sore and uncomfortable? Definitely. I returned to Dr. Oscar (oral surgeon) who told me there are areas that are not completely healed (in order to take the next step, which I have no idea what will be – I prefer not to know!). Another reprieve! The truth is, I am ready to move on so I can get all of this over with. It turns out due to my lack of hormones, my bones take longer to heal. One of the bones where a molar was pulled is taking its own sweet time healing. So another few days of waiting along with twice daily swishes of tepid water, salt and baking soda. (Yuck). I check in with Dr. Lomeli every few days. I am afraid that he thinks I have gone AWOL and not wanting to continue my journey, which is definitely not the case! So, for now, it’s a bit of a waiting game!

Interview with Dra. Adi Dominguez on Alzheimer’s Disease

We all seem to be touched by either a family member or friend who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease. Though the research continues, to date, there is no “cure”. We interviewed Dra. Adi Dominguez, a local psychiatrist who specializes in geriatrics about any pre-disease testing and prevention.

HCR: Is there an exam that can be performed to predict if a person will have the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s?

Dra. Adi: The Addenbroke cognitive exam or “ACE-R” is a brief, cognitive test for dementia screening. It was developed in Addenbrooke Hospital in the UK. It does a better job at detecting early signs of Alzheimer’s than previously available tests.

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My Medical Journey, Part III: The Teeth, Day 2

Posted in Adventures,Reflections by Pam on October 10, 2010
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Dr. Lomeli referred me to who he feels, is a wonderful oral surgeon, so that was good enough for me! I woke up on Saturday morning committed to attending this appointment and arrived a few minutes early. No one at the office! Oh hurray! I was thinking, wow! Maybe I won’t even have to do this today. But my cell phone rang, with the receptionist letting me know that Dr. Oscar was on his way. Damn.

Entering his office, small but very clean, neat and modern-looking equipment (I didn’t see any chisels, hammers or mining equipment anywhere), I attempted to calm myself with some deep breathing exercises. This only made me hyperventilate and become dizzy. Stepping up and settling in to the dental chair I just decided to turn it all over to him. He was quite serious and didn’t seem to get my warped attempt at humor. I must have asked him 20 times if he had spoken with Dr. Lomeli and knew which three teeth (in the back) to remove. So, to re-assure me, he contacted Dr. Lomeli’s staff. I felt better (slightly). The shots began and I am being 100% completely honest when I say it felt like a tiny pinch – didn’t hurt! The process began and I was trembling like someone plugged into ice. He was kind, gentle and loosened up a bit. (Good sign!).

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