Asking for help is not something that comes easy for me. Often times in the past, when I’ve reached out to people, I generally got a negative response or something like – you have to do everything on your own, you’re an adult.
When the nurse flushed out the cotton swab from my ear last week, the accumulation of water ended up causing an infection and I had to return to the doctor on Tuesday. Earlier that morning though, I was still trying to be strong and take care of myself. I was still trying to work and go about my daily life. I went to breakfast, I tried to chitchat, and I went back to my room and cried because it took all my strength to get through those few minutes. The pain was excruciating and it didn’t matter how much ibuprofen I took, nothing helped.
But living at a hotel, word spreads quickly and very soon, the restaurant was delivering lunch to my room, telling me I needed to eat for strength, the server who delivered my lunch told me to call him if I needed anything else, the front desk told me that if they could do anything, to let them know and the owner of the hotel called me to let me know to call her on her cell phone for anything I might need and arranged to have a special dinner (not on the menu) sent to my room.
Another boss emailed me to say not to worry about work, to rest and let him know if I needed anything or had any questions about the treatment or doctor’s recommendations. It’s funny that I have to come all the way to Costa Rica to be supported but there’s just such a different mindset here. It isn’t all about independence and being on your own. It’s a connection that’s been so lacking in my life these last few years. And I’m grateful to finally have people I can depend on. Whether it’s an illness, trying to find a place to live, buying a temporary cell phone or opening a bank account (more about that next week), it’s nice to have people who support me and want to help me succeed here on the Rich Coast.
Doctor’s visit: Free (I found out the hotel has an agreement with the doctor to provide free care to its employees)
Antibiotics, acetaminophen and ear drops: $75
Taxi to the doctor and two pharmacies: $10
Total time for all of the above: 30 minutes (had I been in the States, I would have still been at the doctor’s office after 30 minutes and it would have taken me 15 minutes just to drive there)