But before we got to May 1, we had to celebrate World Jazz Day on April 30th, which we did in fine fashion at Cuetes Y Cuates. They featured fabulous jazz from 4pm until 11pm. Since they are located right on the beach at the Los Muertos Pier, it's quite a nice venue!
His goal was to save the tooth, mine was to stop the pain. Since it was the very last molar on the bottom left, it wasn't going to be missed by me. But he was cautious and wanted me to take some antibiotics first to see if that's where the actual pain was coming from. As he was going to be leaving for a conference in Mexico City for the next week, a return appointment was set for the 19th. So off I went to the Farmacia for drugs. Total cost for emergency office visit and X-ray = $38; Drugs $21.
The rest of the week was pretty quiet for us. We took care of some business back home via DocuSign. Gotta love that program! Used it for my real estate business and it works like a charm. And, I also worked on our presentation that we're giving at the International Living Ultimate 2014 Conference here in Puerto Vallarta June 4-7. It's a bit stressful trying to get it as succinct as I want it to be. My mind just keeps going off to "other" thoughts that are getting stirred up by the process. At least I have time to enjoy those thoughts along the way to the final product!
We also finally heard from the accountant of our previous landlord. Supposedly, we will be receiving our money this coming Friday or Saturday. Don't hold your breath. I'm not!
The other happenings last week was another 6.4 earthquake down on the coast in the same area it hit just a few weeks ago. A few of the beach buildings here in PV had some swaying going on. I, on the hand, mentioned to Mike how all of a sudden I wasn't feeling so well. Felt a bit like seasickness. Funny that it happened right as the earthquake was doing it's shake, rattle, and roll. Coincidence?? I actually think not.
Also, this past week the International Beach Volleyball Tournament was being held here. An empty parcel of land right on the beach next to the Sheraton was transformed in a matter of days from wasteland to a beautiful venue with main stadium, 3 other courts, food court, and concession stands. So on Friday afternoon, Mike and I went to check it out. This event was totally FREE to the public and was well attended. We saw Argentina, China, Australia, Austria, Chile, USA, Mexico, Switzerland. The men's final was ultimately won by Latvia, Italy took 2nd with Mexico taking 3rd.
By 1am I woke up with an excruciating tooth ache!! And, I mean on a scale of 1-10 it was a 9.5!!! And I have a very high threshold of pain. Mike always carries a pharmacy around with him so I didn't hesitate to take one of his hydrocodone. It dulled the pain just enough to let me get 3 hours of rest before flairing up again. This time I took one of his pain meds given to him for his bad shoulder back in Ecuador. This one knocked me out good and I slept pain free until 10am.
My dilemma was that Dr. Blanco was out of town with no partner. So I had Mike call the dentist's office that we had heard speak at the medical conference back in February that we attended, Avant Garde - Dr. Octavio. I must admit that one of the reasons we had not gone to see him initially was fear of cost. We were simply concerned that their charges would be much higher because of their lush offices and the fact that they are catering to Gringos. We've been proven wrong!
However, their offices are not located on a bus route. You must either take a bus to Costco and then a short cab ride or walk the last 1/2 mile. But because I was in pain I didn't want the bouncing around of the bus ride so we took a cab from home, $8US each way. I know that's not much but when you're on a budget, adding normally unnecessary expenditures, begins to add up.
Regardless, I was just thrilled that on a Saturday and Mexico's Mother's Day on top of it, that I was able to get an appointment. I was ushered right in and had 2 actual dentists looking at my mouth. After 2 more high-tec X-rays and some wiggling of my painful tooth, the verdict was that it needed to come out on Monday morning. I just hoped I could make it another 2 nights. And, no charge for the visit. It would all be part of the tooth pulling bill on Monday.
The plan was to lay low for the rest of the weekend until Monday's appointment. Right.... Received an invitation to join some friends at the Sheraton for their Sunday brunch. Now how could we pass that up?? Being included in friend's get togethers is all part of being a member of the community and a welcoming into the fold.
So after another good night's sleep without pain, we took the bus to join everyone on the beach with Tammy Prust, Sean Moore, Joe King Carrasco (all owners of Nacho Daddy), Mike Yonchenko (harmonica player for Sean's band) & Lea, his wife, David Guilmette, Nancy Page, and Kim, Joe's manager. A fabulous group of friends to spend 5.5 hours (yes, that's what I said!) to eat, drink, and be Merry with!! Food, food, and more food plus we drank 6 bottles of free flowing champagne!! Entry fee for a "local" of only $24US. And, if you're so inclined, it includes the full day of pool use. Not a bad way to spend a beautiful day!
Reality hit home yesterday morning. Dentist appointment at 10am for the tooth pulling. Since I wasn't in pain, we hopped a bus to Costco and then we caught a cab to the dentist office. Funny thing, and there always seems to be, the bus we caught took us on a long joy ride through many outlying areas we'd never been through before. Wish we hadn't been so nervous about being late so we could've enjoyed the ride more!