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When You Find Yourself in a Mexico Emergency Room

What would a trip to the airport be without first stopping at the ER?!

We were getting ready to take my Mom to the Puerto Vallarta airport after a fabulous two week visit with us when my little Irish Firecracker of a daughter broke her foot!

Did she do it jumping on the pogo stick, chasing after a soccer ball at high speeds, wrestling with her twin brother, biking over the cobblestone streets in our neighborhood, playing chase in the yard with our dogs, falling from her skate or surfboard?

Nope…none of the above.

She broke it, and hard enough that it let out an audible cracking sound, by running in place (as fast as she could mind you), barefoot, on our living room marble floor, playing a videogame—a javelin track and field one to be exact! She was determined however to finish her round and did so on her other foot in spite of her mother’s encouragement to lie down and ice it.

If you’ve never met a tenacious 12-year-old with a superhuman high tolerance for pain, let me introduce you to my daughter Mairead. Last year when we lived in San Miguel de Allende she broke her wrist playing goalie on an all-boys soccer team. We didn’t find out until several months after the injury, having thought it was just a sprain based on her symptoms. No Parents of The Year Award there!

So when this foot injury occurred and Mairead told me that on a scale of 1 to 10 her pain level was a 9, off to the ER we went!

This detour on the way to the airport did help to make an otherwise tearful goodbye short (albeit bittersweet) and to the point. Until next time Mama, we love you and please come back soon!

No Love Like a Grammy Love

Pulling up to the San Javier Hospital in Puerto Vallarta around two in the afternoon, the emergency room attendants met us at the car door with a wheelchair. I would be a liar if I were to not admit that seeing my baby girl in this situation (although thank God not for the circumstances that had me in one) took my breath away and gave me good opportunity to practice my poker face. 

Somehow, Mairead still managed to be in her usual cheery spirits, broken foot and all. 

An Original Indeed and Still Smiling!


Excited about her first cast but not so much so about being out of soccer for awhile

The quality and affordability of medical care in Mexico continues to amaze me. This broken foot ordeal cost us a total of just under $250.00 US dollars including the ER fee, two x-rays, the cast, the crutches, and the pain meds. As an additional bonus, we were in and out of the hospital in about an hour, back on the road and on our way home! 

But what about the unexpected, big ticket items—an accident, a coronary event, an emergency evacuation…events that would for sure be more than a couple of hundred dollars. 

I was surprised at not only how busy it was on a Sunday during high season in the ER (understandable but surprising nonetheless), but how many of the NOB patients were concerned over the financials of the treatment they were clearly in need of. Several were hoping to avoid being admitted for the 24 or more hours that their conditions warranted, like the woman in her mid-50’s who had a history of strokes and AFib and was fretting over the potential cost of care. She did not have insurance that covered her outside of the States and the worry for her well-being was palpable amongst her and the friends who brought her in. 

I think a lot of people figure that since they’re only going to be traveling for a week or two, or that because they are generally in good health, that medical and accident coverage won’t be needed—a bit of playing Russian Roulette and testing Murphy’s Law in my opinion. Also, some mistakenly assume that their domestic plan will cover them internationally when in fact most terminate their coverage once the service area is left.

Considering the time it takes to plan a vacation and the costs of air fare and accommodations, why overlook or forgo travel medical insurance as an essential arm of trip preparedness?

One of the top questions we receive, especially within my work as a Relocation Consultant, is about health care and insurance options. For individuals and families that travel back and forth to Mexico several times throughout the year, we hands-down recommend the short-term health and accident insurance through GeoBlue Multi-Trip Travel Medical Plan.

The Trekker Plan covers unlimited trips of up to 70 days in length in a 12 month period. In addition, there are no precertification penalties for hospitalization and medical evacuation. 

As you can see in the chart to the left, the prices are incredibly affordable for such a comprehensive multi-trip annual plan.

If you would like to receive a free quote, please contact Timothy Jennings, an authorized and reputable agent of GeoBlue who has worked in the international and domestic market for more than 30 years.

GeoBlue has an elite network of doctors from most every specialty in over 180 countries. Participation is by invitation only and physicians are certified by the American or Royal Board of Medical Specialties.

Protect yourself and your family prior to departing for your long-awaited and much anticipated vacation. Rest assure that IF something were to happen, that you are covered financially and in good hands medically. 

* Los O’Gradys in Mexico is proud to partner with GeoBlue, an International & Travel Medical Insurance Company of incomparable quality and reputation. We ONLY accept partnerships with entities that we feel 100% comfortable associating our name with, thus one of the reasons our platform in not filled with random advertisements. We chose GeoBlue Insurance because their policies offer the most complete set of benefits and services in the industry.



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