Dr Miguel A. Garcia Albarran, head of gastroenterology and a master at endoscopy and laproscopy at AmeriMed Hospital in Cancun, said my ultrasound and blood work was conclusive: the "metaplasia" that was there when the Cleveland Clinic removed bile stones from my bile duct has resolved.
"You are the picture of gastrointestinal health," he said. "Go have a nice meal!" He said that to perform the procedure now would put me at risks that outweigh any benefits. And had I not been tardy, he would have chosen to follow me with ultrasound and lab work anyway.
I learned the news at midday, accompanied by Jose, who would have gone with me for the procedure.
We left Eriso at the house, mixing cement for the garden bed and fence.
When we left AmeriMed, Jose and I walked to Plaza las Americas, directly into Chedraui, where I found interesting salad dressings, Chinese Plum Sauce and Steak Sauce. I don't like steak sauce, but it's hard to find around here and I figure someone at Zina's Guest House will want it this high season. Or maybe one of the other gringos on the island.
Jose was glad to be at the mall afterward! We went directly to La Tumba Burro, translated as "the fallen mule" with a menu design befitting a remedial curriculum guide.
When we came home, Eriso and his wife Debora were washing the wall after he had poured the base of the garden bed. Tomorrow, he pours the posts. He cheered for me, too. Eriso had his gall bladder removed early in life and has given me "old husbands tale" advice. Don't drink potable water. The chlorine will cause stone formation. Well, true or not, it just goes to show you, bottled water is the only way to go on Isla Mujeres!