Last week Kathy developed an earache. She said it felt a bit like swimmer’s ear. We are in the pool everyday, so that makes sense. We also have not yet settled on physicians here in Mérida, but needed one now. Enter Farmacias del Ahorro, and their free doctor consultation program.
We went to the one near the sports complex where we do our walking. I talked with the attendant at the counter who referred me to the physician consultation waiting room. After a few minutes the Doctor saw Kathy, took some basic information and asked her what was bothering her. My basic Spanish and his little bit of English were sufficient for communication. After examining her years, nose and throat he prescribed an ear drop solution that included an antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and a topical analgesic.
Three and a half days later the ears are much improved. I think this will work for simple stuff, but now we need to get about the business of finding regular doctors.