El Hospital

Last week we experienced our first hospital here in Honduras and it was quite the educational experience! Our neighbor, Jenna, spent Sunday night vomiting and woke up Monday morning with a fever of 105 degrees Fahrenheit. After a call to our foreign hire manager, she rode in an ambulance to one of the private hospitals here in San Pedro Sula.

There is no “911” here in Honduras and ambulance companies are privately owned so we have been recommended both an ambulance company and several private hospitals by the administration at school. Hospital del Valle, where they took Jenna, is one of the best in the city.

Jenna was checked in around noon on Monday and then got to spend 3 lovely nights at Hospital del Valle. She originally spent 5 hours in the emergency room, but was eventually moved to an incredibly nice private room. She had her own bathroom, tv, couch, and chair and even had a view looking out to a plush courtyard with a fountain. The best part by far though, is that her room was air-conditioned. It was in the high 90’s or over 100 every day last week and our apartments only have air-conditioning in the bedrooms. It’s not that we didn’t want to go see Jenna, but the prospect of watching tv in an air-conditioned setting definitely added to the situation!

Chest x-rays originally came back clear so doctor’s treated Jenna for what they thought to be a gastro-intestinal infection. After a second set of x-rays, and several other body fluid/matter types of tests, it was actually determined that she had pneumonia.

We were glad to find out that her illness was so easily treated and that she was taken good care of at the hospital. We were also glad that she was finally discharged because we were getting nervous that she wouldn’t be able to travel with us over the weekend!

On Thursday, with a prescription and a ridiculously tiny bill, Jenna was sent home to recover in her much less fancy apartment. Here are a few pictures of the hospital:

Jenna was pretty tired of lying in the same bed all day long so she traded Alex for his spot on the couch.

Here’s Alex again…in the background are the armoire, bathroom and windows overlooking the courtyard.
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