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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: 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?


Social Diseases — Stress & Viruses … Just say NO!

Posted in How To's & Advice,Personal,Reflections by Pam on February 14, 2011

Today, I was in numerous physicians’ offices and waiting rooms. The hacking, snorting, clearing of throats, sneezing and the cacophony of noses being blown was quite a concert. These sounds I have heard repeatedly at various events over the past few weeks. Seems to be more this year than in years past. Why is that? It is important to make clear that I am most definitely not a physician. I turn to the physicians that we work with for their expertise, on a daily basis. But I do have a few observations that we thought to pass on to people.

  • If you are sick, please stay home and take care of yourself. I promise you, the party will go on without you. There will be a lot of people at the event that you were planning to attend be very grateful to you. How many of us have been at an event recently and been greeted by someone who gives us a hug and a kiss (with good intentions) and then, while wiping their runny nose on a dirty, wadded up Kleenex, launch in to an account of how sick they have been recently?
  • Is there some type of contest going on somewhere in the area that will award a prize to the person who participates in the most events? And then to take it even further, complain the most about how busy they are? As far as I know, there is no charity patrol that twists arms causing someone to say YES to each and every party, fundraiser, open house and social function. While searching for some volunteers last month, I was thrilled to hear someone say to me “I am sorry but the answer is NO. I just can’t take anything else on.” Bravo!
  • I kid you not when I say in the past month, we have received four different requests for a therapist because the person “cannot handle the stress of having so many things going on in their lives.” And I do not mean major and truly significant things. I mean being over-involved in social activities.
  • When I meet with newcomers to the area, we, of course, discuss healthcare. But the conversation eventually leads to things to become involved with in the area. And isn’t it great that there is such a variety? But the advice I usually give is to choose one or two that interest you, that you are passionate about and ease your way into them. If you join in too many from the start, you will begin to hear a sucking sound. That is the vortex that causes burn out way too soon!
  • This social frenzy seriously wears down the immune system. People get sick. They go out socially, pass it around to others who’s immune systems are down and the cycle continues.
  • Be very careful when taking a medication recommended by the friend of your friend’s co-worker. We have seen way too many drug reactions and “backfires” lately. All because “so and so” said it sure worked for her!
  • A lot of what is going around (cold symptoms) is viral. It must just run its course and only the symptoms can be treated. If you have a fever for more than 48 hours, then it is time to seek medical assistance.
  • It is not too late to receive a flu vaccine (this is a personal choice of course). We have an overstock!
  • Siestas are truly wonderful things!

Some of the above is “tongue in cheek”. Some is not. IMHO, embrace the craziness of the high season and the flurry of activities. But proceed with a healthy caution. Take a rest now and then. Take a time out. Block out a day and stay in your jammies all day and read a book or watch movies. Or my favorite as my grandmother used to say:

“Sometimes I sit and think. Sometimes I just sit.”

And we really are here should you need a physician, for reasons large or small.


Being Conscious of Blessings and Giving Thanks

Posted in Reflections by Pam on November 26, 2010

Though we live outside of the United States, most of us here still celebrate, in one way or another, Thanksgiving. And, as well, at the end of the day, when we are back in our own homes, have kicked off our shoes and put on some loose fitting pants, it is time for a bit of reflection.

This has been an incredible week for me. The Medical Expo far exceeded any and all expectations that I had. With attendance nearly triple of what was expected and the speakers and exhibitors shining like the stars that they are, the culmination of months of organizing and work paid off, tenfold. The pride that I felt for “my” doctors brought about emotions that I didn’t even know that I had for them.

We then moved on to a gathering of friends at the Hacienda Jalisco, high in the mountains of the Sierra Madres above Puerto Vallarta to celebrate Thanksgiving. The air was crisp, the mariachi’s performed their magic and a feast fit for a king was put out for us, all prepared, even down to the pies, by my son. Where in the world this guy learned how to cook is beyond me. It most certainly was not by his mother. He was raised on Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and hot dogs. Am I proud of my kids? Damn straight. It truly was the perfect day.

Back at home, with the loosened pants, I realize that I am the lucky one. The blessings that surround me are too numerous to count. I must remember to be in the moment, as much as possible, each and every day and remember these blessings. Not just on Thanksgiving, but all year long.

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

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!

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