Well, it was only a matter of time before I did something stupid and ended up at the doctor. Now that I’m living here, I’m trying to be so much more mindful of everything I do…whether it’s holding on to my camera (so it doesn’t end up in the river like it did last year and I know how difficult it will be to get a new one) or being careful not to hurt myself (because I no longer have health insurance), I’m really trying to be careful! But, it was just inevitable that at some point, something would happen.
This afternoon, I put a cotton swab into my ear and when I took it out, the cotton was no longer attached to the stick. *&^% is all I could think about as I put my finger in my ear and poked around, hoping I could find the little piece of cotton and pull it out. Nope. I searched on the floor for it but it wasn’t there either.
It seemed like the cotton was expanding because within an hour, I could no longer hear out of my left ear. So I hopped in a cab and went to the nearby emergency clinic. No one there really spoke English so I tried out my Spanish in addition to using hand motions to describe what happened and fortunately, they understood.
The really funny part (besides the actual incident that brought me there) was that no one asked me for my name or to fill out any paperwork. I didn’t have to sign any forms to release them from any liability. No worries, right?
15 minutes later, the cotton was out of my ear and I went back to reception to pay.
It was high tide at the beach and the road was muddy from the storm so I took a taxi both ways. No, I was not being lazy. I could just imagine myself being swept into the ocean or slipping on the muddy road and hurting myself!
Cost for a taxi and emergency medical services: $59
I’ve started a list of things I need people to bring me from the States…I’m adding “Real Q-Tips” to the list.