No – though the first time I saw these bright pink flowers on top of the cactus plant at a house I walk by frequently on my way to town, I thought is was going to be a beautiful cactus! But it seems that the owner of that house has allowed his Bougainvillea to climb over from the wall to the cactus and from a distance, the second photo, it looks like it’s blooming. And some cactus here do bloom, but I’ve not seen that one bloom yets.
This is 8th Avenue which I follow to either 3rd or 1st Street to walk downtown four or five days a week. Every house, every person I pass, every tree or flower can add a spark to my day in the slow and simple living in Atenas, Costa Rica! 🙂
And About My Hospital Visit Last Week
I may have mentioned here that I thought I had an appointment in the “free” Social Security Geriatric Hospital for an evaluation of the spot on my thyroid gland. It was not big enough for a biopsy yet, my private oncologist said, but if it turned out to be cancer, it will be an “easy” surgery with no radiation treatment. 🙂 But I made the decision to move to the government or Social Security doctors to continue the evaluation of this and anything else that comes up. I cannot afford another private hospital and doctor surgery and I make monthly payments for Social Security (Seguro Social) here, meaning I need to go back to using it which I was before Covid and liked it, even if a little slow.
Well, the appointment was not for the evaluation, but to make an appointment for the evaluation which another public doc had written a referral for. That’s right! “An appointment to get an appointment” which is the way the public system works.
So that day with my trusty driver and interpreter Walter, I made two appointments to return to the national Geriatric Hospital Blanco Cervantes to get lab blood work on August 4 and see the oncologist on August 15. I don’t consider that too slow, just a little over 2 months away, and then they will probably do the same thing the private doc was doing, get an ultrasound of the thyroid every 6 months until it is big enough for a biopsy and then go from there.
I am thankful that I live in a country now with excellent medical service for all the people, not just the rich. And I look forward to seeing how this develops with my only expense being transportation to get there!