October 17, 2008

Too late for a biopsy!

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!

3 comments:

scottozoid said...

Ahhhh Z...no gall bladder but still plenty of gall, that's our gall, er gal...
I will be a somebody at Zina's Gasthaus this season but Steak Sauce? We don' need no stinkin' Steak Sauce...gimmee that electic green habañero salsa on my Cochinita Pibil, por favor
You approach the mall in Cancun like I approach the Supermercados here in Tejas...una extranjera en una extranjerolandia...I tried to explain to a Tejaña checkout clerk the other day why Coca Cola Mexicana is soooo much better than Coca Cola Gringolandia...my praise fell on deaf ears...the concept of "cane sugar" vs "industrial corn syrup" didn't register...
So it is ungodly early on Saturday morning in my Rincon de Gringolandia, I am at work, dreaming of ron de Habana Club Siete Años con Coca Cola Mexicana and a big steaming pile of pulled pork and fresh tortillas...
Sigh...

Sue said...

I am so happy for you, Zina - great news and such a relief for you! I must say, you do look quite well - happy and healthy. I do believe one of the biggest benefits to living here is all the food we eat that is freshly prepared and not full of preservatives. Right now there is someone down the road peddling tamales and masa, amongst other things - but we bought our tamales last night, from another lady, so we're set. Add fresh juice and fruit, and the day is off to a great start. Enjoy!

Beck said...

What a relief to get good news Zina! Especially after months of waiting to hear. That definitely calls for celebration! No steak sauce for us. I marinate steaks in light balsamic viniagrette salad dressing before we grill and it is yum! I got that tip from the meat counter at the local grocery store.