Monday, March 16, 2009

Solucion Inyectable

In Mexico, the distribution of pharmaceuticals is handled VERY different than the USA.

First, most pharmaceuticals can be purchased without any kind of written prescription. This can be quite convenient at times.

Second, when you do go to the doctor it is common for them to use a shot versus pills to treat the illness. It is this practice that created a most unusual family scene.

Husband - standing with pants "dropped"
Oldest Son - cowering with a smirk on corner of bathroom
Youngest Son - overly anxious to be in the middle of all the action
Me - Syringe in hand, uncomfortable and nervous

The doctor had given Husband the first of 3 shots this morning and instructed him to administer the other two at home. Yikes!

Mexico - always an adventure!


Theresa in Mèrida said...

We usually go to one of the clinics (private hospitals) and get one of the nurses to administer any needed shots. Our doctors write the script and then we buy the meds (usually come with a hypo) but the nurses sometimes won't give shots unless you have a script. Costs between $10 and $30 pesos. I can only remember one time when the doctor gave a shot and that was in emergency when my son was really sick with food poisoning.

ps. I somehow ended up making this comment on the previous post. I deleted it and reposted it here.

Rosas Clan in Tulum said...

Scary!!! There are times it is not fun to be the Mom. This sounds like one of those times. My son would be laughing hysterically. Not all that nice but... what are you going to do. I have also loved the over the counter drugs we were able to get to help ear infections, tummy aches etc. It does make it easier. But a shot!!!

On Mexican Time said...

I am beginning to realize they like to give shots down here!!! I had an incident w/ a stomach issue 2 years ago... Only the Dr. told me what to get, and my father in law who is a Dr. gave me the injections... If I hadn't have been so sick I would have been mortified! LOL. It really did make me feel better though....

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American Mommy in Mexico said...

TM - Well I have acquired a new skill now - giving shots in the ole rumpus!

RCT - Youngest Son really likes to watch - hope that means a future doctor and not something more sinister!

OMT - Your father in law - oh my! Yes shots are certainly the norm here - does work faster.

J- Welcome! We are having quite the year and it is fun to capture on the blog.

Anonymous said...

Sister in law,
Your husband and I used to get lots of shots in the butt when we lived overseas. The British nurses were the worst from my memory. And sometimes it was hard to sit down afterwards depending on the dosage...

VisitLaManzanilla said...

Oh, I'd be heading- or making husband head to the clinic! I got queasy just reading about giving a shot. Brave woman, you are.