Boy oh Boy, the winds have been brutal lately. The dry season in Panama is definitely not my favorite time of year. This is the time of year, I consider turning on my AC. I usually don’t because I can get by as long as I have a fan on me.
I do keep all the curtains drawn, to keep as much heat outside as possible. I definitely try to spend as little time outside in the direct sunlight as possible.
I just had a couple of pieces of new technology delivered the other day. I had ordered an Electronic BBQ/Oven thermometer to tell me the correct temperature of doneness has been reached. No more guessing.
The other item was an inside and outside electronic thermometer. I have considered buying a weather station for years, and have not been willing to shuck out the money. However, just having a thermometer is telling me a lot.
What it has shown me is that I need to hurry up and get my broken front door fixed, so I can get air flow through ventilation going again. I had been keeping the door’s window shut because I was afraid of more breakage and am finding it makes several degrees difference in temperature.
This is the time of year in all the lower areas of Panama that one needs to drink plenty of fluids.
I got a call Thursday evening from the Embassy about a U.S. Citizen in the Polyclinica receiving an IV for dehydration. He was from Las Lomas. By the time I was able to get there to get a PAW signed, so the Embassy could contact family members, he had been released.
I hope I don’t get another call related to him, because i am sure it will be a more serious dehydration. This is another U.S. veteran living alone in Panama. Aging in Panama without family can be hazardous to your health.
On another note, we having new issues, with Robert, the stroke victim. He also has not been drinking enough liquids and also not eating enough. The doctor said that it was going to be necessary to use a nasal feeding tube to get him built back up.
Yesterday was the procedure and Natalie and I were there. Natalie had to hold his hand while the tube was inserted. Not a pleasant experience for patient not others. I waited outside, because I figured also having to deal with a fainted gringo would not be good.
Once the tube was inserted, it was much easier to get nourishment into Robert. The procedure is supposed to be for 10-15 days.
This morning, I got a wakeup call from the head nurse, that Robert had removed the tube last night and the doctor is coming again to replace it at 3PM. We will have to go again and I am sure this procedure will be more stressful than yesterday’s.
This sort of thing really stresses me out.