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Newsletter — June 2011

Posted in HealthCare Resources,Newsletter by Pam on May 27, 2011

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HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta

June 2011 Newsletter

This is going to be a long newsletter. Settle in, get comfortable and please read through the entire newsletter and then send on questions, comments, ideas and reservations!

After attempting to clean up my email base, I have (hopefully) sort of been able to separate out those that are in the Banderas Bay area year round. I am floored at how many people are here during the summer months! Woo-Hoo! For this reason, HealthCare Resources will continue throughout most of the summer with clinics, a few speakers programs and as well, a lot of fun stuff!

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Malecon Metamorphosis

Posted in Personal,Reflections by Pam on May 18, 2011

One day it was there – the next day it was being taken apart. The “Jungle Drums” are beating wildly about the Malecon. Rumors, chismes, scuttlebutt and opinions galore are the talk of the town.

I personally find, one of the best articles (in English) that has been written can be seen here: http://www.banderasnews.com/1105/nb-malecon16.htm Valid points and thoughts to ponder. It is now a wait and see situation – and if in fact, the end results are like the projected drawings, hurray! And Bravo Sylvie!

Is it going to be an eyesore, an inconvenience over the next few months? You bet! We will have to find other places to take our runs, our strolls, our sunset watching in the meantime.

No, I am not a business owner on the Malecon. I feel for them at this time, especially as we move in to the low season.

A large part of this falls under the heading of  “politics”. I am a gringa. I do not enter, I do not comment, I do not participate in politics here. I don’t want to and as well, I shouldn’t!

I am a gringa and I love Puerto Vallarta! This is my home. Until I pass from this paradise to heaven (I hope!) I will live here and watch my “half-Mexican” grandkids grow up and prosper here, in the country of their birth.

Who are we, as non-Mexicans, to try and tell our Mexican friends, neighbors and families how to do things? I say, support them, in any way that we can, whether they are “yea” or “nay” for the new Malecon.

Why don’t we, the non-Mexicans who are here (and we are many!), come up with some creative ways to assist economically, even in very small ways.  If that means trudging through some construction to get to a business affected by the changes going on, then let’s trudge! My thoughts had been running in this direction BEFORE the Malecon changes – how can we give some of our business to those affected by the low season? In any part of the city? I have a few ideas – how about you?

Interview with Dr. Javier Diaz Nuñez, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

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Summer vacations, hot weather and ways to cool off bring numerous trips to the swimming pool and beach! Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than an earache/ear infection! We sat down with Dr. Diaz-Nuñez, ENT extraordinaire, and posed a few questions:

HCR: After swimming in a pool or ocean, what is the best way to immediately get water out of your ears?

Dr. Javier Diaz Nuñez, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

Dr. Javier Diaz Nuñez, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

Dr. Diaz: The most traditional way is to tilt your head forward, looking at the ground and shaking your head left and right.  If it is just water that is caught, that should clear it.  If it doesn’t, it may mean that you have some debris or ear wax holding in the water.  Avoid manipulating your ear with keys, pens, pencils or Q-Tips. By the way, Q-tips were not made to clean INSIDE the ear canal, just outside!  If in the next 24 hours it does not clear up, it is best to see an ENT.

Sand will go in to every natural orifice that we have, including our ears.  As soon as we go under water, the canal expands and gets pushed against our ear drum and there is humidity retained behind this plug, increasing the sensation of a plugged ear.  When there is already pre-existing ear wax plug or some other debris in our ears, the sensation is increased.  The humid condition in the ears opens the pores of the skin in the ear canals and makes an easy access for fungi and bacteria to enter and cause an infection. Pain usually equals infection.

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Upcoming Event: “End of Life Decisions – Banderas Bay”

Posted in Events,HealthCare Resources,Press Releases by Pam on May 14, 2011

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HealthCare Resources presents:
End of Life Decisions – Banderas Bay

Date: June 22, 2011
Time: 10:00 am
Location: O’Rourke and Associates (O&A) – Plaza Marina Local A-50
Charge: None

Space is limited! RSVP Mandatory (and if we fill quickly, not to worry. We will have another presentation very soon).

An extensive panel of health care and legal professionals covering everything from Do Not Resuscitate/Living Wills to what happens to your personal items if you pass away in the area – and everything in between in relation to death and dying here. This will be a moderated presentation. Please send your specific questions with your RSVP so that they will be included in the presentation.

This subject is not really a fun and happy topic – but it is a reality and important to know the facts!

RSVP to:
pamela@healthcareresourcespv.com  or call 322 107 7007

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The Abdominal Journey – four years later

Posted in Personal by Pam on May 7, 2011
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Today, May 7, 2011 marks an important day in my life. Four years ago today, I had bariatric surgery (gastric sleeve) and my life changed, forever. Wow– that is 1,460 days!

Where does the time go? Where did the fat go? Two questions that there are no answers for.

Dr. Armando Joya, my hero

The day that I had the surgery, my life as I had known it for years, changed forever. My body certainly changed. But my mind is what somehow moved to a different level  and I seemed to cross a threshold into another, more clear and fulfilling life.

Many people say (or think) “you did it the easy way”. I hear this from other bariatric patients. The people that say these types of things don’t have a clue as to not only the physical changes and challenges but the work that is done in your head. There are many days that when I look in the mirror and see a “big woman”. (It is still difficult to use the word fat).  I must actually put on a size 5 pair of pants to prove to myself that I am not.

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