Author: Ruth Emmett (---.nys.biz.rr.com)
Date: 03-01-10 10:18
Here is an account of needed medical care in PR on 2-13-2010:
I fell/sustained a compression fracture during my recent camping stay on Culebra. I have all praise for Felix directing me to the in-town Dewey 24/7 clinic and the capacity of staff to take care of my needs - seen by nurse & doctor at the clinic, my lack of spanish language was not a barrier to treatment. The doc 'transferred me' via ambulance to local airport, I was met at Fajardo airport by ambulance which took me to a hospital to get an x-ray and temporary care.
After spending 4 hours 'waiting', I located a young male nurse who was fluent in Sp. & Eng.; the x-ray was taken, my wrist was wrapped and we were on our way to the 7 pm ferry ride.
Each person I spoke with along the way on the entire trip including 2 at Culebra clinic, 2 ambulance folks, and 5 people at the hospital asked the same questions and there was no over-all file that followed my care. Overall the medical and personal care were great - the wait was not great and the language barrier in Fajardo was significant.
I will return to camp again!