Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Doctor and Dentist appointments

The doctor's office, we were told, is located between the Belize Bank and Frank's Meats-on the side street with the median. It's a little clinic. So off we went on yet another excursion in town. Fortunately, we knew the Belize Bank was on the northwest corner of the town square and the side street with the median was right next to it. We found Maranatha Clinic, the sliding glass doors indicated it was "Open". We passed through the sliding glass doors and a door bell sounded. The waiting room was completely empty, the tv was on. We were surrounded by 6 closed doors, 2 unmarked, rooms 1-3 were exam rooms, and one door marked WC (water closet-restroom). Not a human to be found. We looked at each other and laughed nervously--we realized we didn't know how to bring attention to ourselves in this environment.

Soon, a gentleman came down the outside spiral staircase and entered the waiting room, he paused after we questioned, "Dr. Reyes?" "Yes" was his response. We quickly introduced ourselves and told why we were there. My BP medication is not available in Belize, so we were there to get his recommendation. He took us in to Room 2, it was decked out similarly to a doctor's office in the states, he washed his hands and proceeded to take my BP using an automatic cuff. We discussed my medications somewhat and then Dr. Reyes suggested that my husband and I share his Rx! No prescription was written, just "go see Catherine at Evergreen Pharmacy and she will take care of you." No chart was created, nor notes written--he must have an eidetic memory! We then spent the next 30 minutes talking about the health benefits of Belize and that many of his expats have been able to stop taking their BP pills. The cost was $35bzd ($17.50USD); follow-ups for the same diagnosis are $15bzd ($7.50USD).

Dr. Reyes' Office



Ahhhh, the dentist--everyone's favorite way to spend time! Unfortunately, it's a must do at least twice a year. We are lucky enough to have a dentist office about a block from the apartment. Dr. Glenda Major lives next to her office, has evening weekday and morning Saturday appointments. She not only performs general dentistry but also is a dental surgeon...one stop dentistry!

Entering her office, you are immediately hit with the dentist office smell..that distinct aroma that permeates every dental office. The waiting room is small but equipped with a tv and enough dental wall posters to keep you entertained. Soon enough I was sitting in the chair, surrounded by equipment that was relatively familiar: overhead light, mayo stand, sink, counter and a spitting well! Yes, one of those sinks, next to the patient, where a cup of mouthwash laden water sits on a holder and that little round sink....The cleaning was 100% performed by the dentist, ultrasonic, no scraping in this office, it was a damp experience (water splashing on my face), but quick and the polishing was just like back at home. A brief exam of my past fillings and crowns--done! The cost? $80bzd ($40USD).  6 month reprieve!!

Dr. Major's Office


10 comments:

  1. Babs,
    Thanks for this blog.... We have been curious about dental and medical care as well as prescription costs and the like. My DH (Darling Husband) rarely reads blogs and such, but he has started once I found this! Thanks again.

    Laurie
    The Cruisin Camper

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    1. Laurie, You may PM me at any time with specific questions, I don't mind! Enjoy your research time, see you when you get here! -b

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  2. Babs, I am one of those that was able to reduce my BP medicine. After a few months down here, I noticed my BP was getting low. I consulted my doctor and she said to cut my dosage in half. My BP was still low, so I cut it in half again (quartered from the original dosage). It now looks like I will be able to eliminate it entirely. I will stop with the HCTZ after this week and continue to monitor for changes. BTW, all of this is done with a doctors approval. It would be irresponsible to do it otherwise. Robby Robinson

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    1. Robby, That's amazing! Hope you can get completely off! Catherine loaned me her BP cuff and I'm monitoring mine daily. Maybe I can join the LBP (Lower Blood Pressure) club too! -b

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  3. That's the challenge when you move to a new place. You should really try to have a connection with at least some of the people there, so if you need help, there's someone whom you could turn to. Anyhow, it was great that there's a dental office near your apartment. The dentist seems to be good. Are you going to go back there next time?

    Pearl Cook @ Summerbrook Dental Group

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    1. Pearl- We absolutely plan to return to Dr. Major!

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  4. If you've just moved in and are looking for a dentist, one way to go is to get recommendations from neighbors or friends. It’s great to know that you love your new dentist. That should help make future visits to the dental office pretty much a breeze! How are you now?

    Josh Brockmann @ StarBrite Dental

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  6. Thanks for sharing such an informative post.

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