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  1. Cardiologist Recommendation?

    As I said in my earlier post the choice of a doctor in any field of specialization is extremely personal and involves a number of factors. Just my personal opinion but a doctor's fees are so far at the bottom of my personal list of selection criteria that they don't even register. I can see trying to save a couple of pesos on a shirt or a box of crackers but not on a physician. But that is just my way of looking at it. Extremely personal and I completely understand that others see it differently. At least two great choices and probably more right here in our little slice of heaven.
  2. USA cell phone in Mexico

    I haven't tried this but look it could do the trick - Sonetel
  3. Cardiologist Recommendation?

    Several good recommendations here. I personally use Dr. Ramon Garcia - he has a home/office at Lakeside where he sees patients - I think mostly on Friday and Saturday but he seems to clearly be spending more and more time here. Dr. Garcia's son is also a cardiologist (Dr. Ricardo Garcia) who has returned to Mexico after working in Europe for years - specifically in Paris. A Fellow of the European Heart Association who is retaining his European credentials primarily to stay current on the "latest and greatest" available around the world. Last time I spoke with him he was a little nervous because he was studying for a major exam to maintain those credentials - and the test was in French! I have had several procedures and tests done by Ramon Garcia over the years and have also seen Ricardo Garcia as part of the overall process. A couple of years ago I fainted at breakfast on Easter Sunday and my wife drove me to our "regular" clinic. They called Dr. Ramon Garcia who happened to be at lakeside but was about to head back into Guadalajara. He came by the clinic (Maskaras) within 15 minutes or so and wound up driving me into his office in Guadalajara, then taking me to the hospital (San Javier), setting me up for some overnight tests and then coming back to see me first thing the next morning. He determined that I needed a pacemaker - my heart rate ranged from a low of 32 to a high of 172 overnight. My blood-pressure when I arrived at Maskaras was 60/40. I had the procedure the next day with the son - Dr. Ricardo Garcia - actually doing the catheterization to insert the pacemaker. He hit some blockage and could not complete the procedure. A few more tests and it was determined that I needed bypass surgery - in addition to the pacemaker. I am extremely lucky to be alive (how's that for an understatement)! Dr. Ricardo Garcia then brought in a surgeon (based in Mexico City at the time) who had been studying and practicing in Germany. The surgeon brought his team (two other surgeons, scrub nurse and anesthesiologist) and I had triple bypass surgery the next day. Approaching two years now and 100% recovered - feel better than I have in more than 10 years! I spoke with some doctor friends in Houston after my surgery and they were very familiar with the techniques my surgeon used and described them as "the best of the best". So as you can see I am a big fan! But I have also heard really great things about Dr. Briseño - you have really great choices and really can't go wrong. I agree that being a major investor in the new hospital is not in and of itself a reason to choose a doctor. However, the two Drs. Garcia are not only investors but will be directly and heavily involved in the new facility - as will my surgeon who now is well established in Guadalajara. I have called Dr. Ramon Garcia on his cell phone more than once and he has always answered and given me exceptional attention - even once on a Friday evening when he was in Puerta Vallarta with his family. On a final note I have had a few folks tell me that Dr. Ramon Garcia had recommended a pacemaker when it was "not needed" - even to the point of other cardiologists disputing his recommendations in some cases. The rational - as it has been relayed to me - is that Dr. Garcia recommended a pacemaker, another doctor said it wasn't needed, I didn't have it done and I am still alive. I completely understand that perspective and since I have been through open heart surgery myself I would be the first to say that choosing a doctor - especially for something as serious as coronary issues - is an extremely personal and important decision. It is called "practicing" medicine for a reason and doctors don't always agree. My very personal decision is that I will stick the the Drs. Garcia and their colleagues. But we are incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Briseño available as well. You really can't go wrong.
  4. Car key cutting

    Agree on Cerrajeria Aragon. I've seen them do some real magic in a couple of situations for both home and auto keys. Definitely the go to guys for anything even remotely tricky. Nice folks, very responsive, extremely knowledgeable, make house-calls, etc.
  5. Pregnant Maid

    You are responsible for paying her "regular wages" for the six weeks before and six weeks after her baby's birth. If she works for others they will have the same obligation and hopefully everyone will "step up". That way she gets her regular pay from everyone - no more and no less. But of course she would appreciate anything extra that anyone is able to do. I would respectfully hope and suggest that everyone involved look at the maternity pay itself as the "floor" and not the "ceiling". Others may see this differently but there is no doubt that the minimum is her regular pay for that period.
  6. Visiting Chapala Area

    Our grand-kids now 7 & 9 come for that same week between Christmas and New Years every year - oh yeah - and their parents come too. We always enjoy the malecon in both Ajijic and Chapala - very different but have lots of fun at both of them. The Chapala malecon is a lot busier with more stuff going on. And while the Ajijic malecon is a little smaller there are always lots of families with kids out enjoying the area. If you feel like driving into Guadalajara the zoo is great They love it and have talked about it several times since last year. We have been to Tlaquepaque with them - they enjoyed it since they can walk around but not all that much for kids to do. The parents probably enjoy it more than the kids. We usually go to the Ajijic tiangues on Wednesday. Again not a lot for the kids to do but they seem to enjoy it. Nothing like that where they live NOB! Their dad likes to play golf so he usually goes to the course in San Antonio (Chula Vista) and the boys walk the course with him. He has also played the Vista del Lago course (other side of Chapala) and the boys like it because they have carts at that course. A couple of restaurants have open areas where the kids can get up from the table without being disruptive to other guests or the waiters - Yves's. Avocado Club, Peacock Garden and Nueva Posada. Not really playground areas but at least some open space where they can move around a little. The boys look forward to seeing the donkeys at Yves's - as well as the peacocks and chickens at Peacock Garden. Sometimes we go Avocado Club while the dad plays golf - with or without the boys - and then he can walk across the street to join us when he is finished. And of course horseback riding - in La Floresta and possibly a couple of other places. Hope that helps. Our grand-kids don't seem to be bored and still look forward to coming every year. We are enjoying it while we can since they will be teenagers before too long and will be bored with anything we suggest. Have fun!
  7. Moving to Chapala area

    Welcome. I took a look at your website and you have some really nice examples. I'm not in anyway trying to discourage you or trying to talk you out of any of your ideas. Sounds you guys would be very happy living in our area - and definitely seems like you would fit in and adapt (or "re-adapt" in your case - haha) very quickly. My only thoughts are on the amount of money you need/expect to make here. Most things are less expensive than in New Orleans but incomes are a MUCH different story. Some comments - There are LOTS of people in the area already doing what you are looking to do - and not all of them are busy all the time. It looks like you have a very high level of skills but you will be competing against lots of well established workers. The going rate down here for what you are looking to do is more like $500 PESOS per day (a bit over $25 dollars per day) - not $500 dollars. A very small number of highly skilled craftsmen might make up to $1,000 pesos per day but not that many of them. There are a number of places that sell handmade furniture right in our area with many more in Tlaquepaque, Tonala, Guadalajara, etc. I like your examples a lot but I think the market is relatively full. I could certainly be wrong but I think that is pretty accurate. Since you are Mexican I wouldn't expect that you would have a problem with working here - no visa or other requirements. If your wife is also looking to work in Mexico make sure you know what she needs to do so she can do that legally. Not really too difficult but I suggest you make sure you understand the steps - and the opportunities. Again - I hope I don't come across as negative or that I am trying discourage you in any way. Just trying to provide some thoughts as you requested. We have been here for almost 13 years and absolutely love it. Welcome to the web board and (hopefully) back to Mexico.
  8. GO's Phone Number

    Land Line (376) 766-3666 Cell (333) 502-6555
  9. I agree - thanks Tom! I will be ready with the money in hand when the time comes. Really excellent news.
  10. Telmex Online Access

    I just tried to get in and it told me it couldn't find my account - which I have used for years. This has happened once or twice in recent months. The solution this time - and previously - was to just set up my account as if it was a new one. Funny thing is that I used the same password I had used before and of course the same phone number. As part of that registration you put in your email and it sends you a link to "activate" your account. Now I can get in. Just took a couple of minutes.
  11. https://www.medicareresources.org/blog/2015/07/21/a-medicare-enrollees-guide-to-travel-coverage/ https://www.medicareinteractive.org/get-answers/medicare-and-other-types-of-insurance/medicare-and-living-abroad/medicare-coverage-when-living-abroad https://www.medicareinteractive.org/get-answers/medicare-covered-services/medicare-coverage-overview/does-medicare-cover-my-care-when-i-travel It seems like it would be pretty easy to determine how long you are out of the U.S. through customs/immigration, stamps in your passport, your foreign immigration status, etc. The "intent" is not to cover us outside the U.S. and while you "might" be able to get away with lying about your status you are pretty much committing fraud. The facts are the facts. Trying to trick the system is not something I would take a chance with regarding my health - especially in a life threatening situations. But to each their own. If you just do things right you don't have to worry. Seems pretty black and white to me. This whole discussion seems pretty silly. Just do it right!
  12. I am not sure exactly what you are describing but I would guess that he could handle that. He delivered and installed several things for us but we were buying quite a bit of stuff. As tomgates said it is probably best to go speak with Eric in person. Their showroom and work areas are fascinating. But be careful - every time we have been there we wound buying something in addition to what we went there for - LOL.
  13. One other possible component in the decision is the possibility of needing an assisted living/nursing home facility. Another possible need is home health care support. We know several people that have used local assisted living/nursing homes and have been very satisfied. And I needed round the clock in home nursing care following triple bypass surgery for a week or two. High level of satisfaction. These services and more are readily available at Lakeside and there are several options. They are a fraction of the cost NOB but obviously not free and not covered by insurance. It might be worthwhile to explore some of those options as part of the decision process, Just to have an idea about those issues including costs.
  14. In my past life I did business with Cemex, Bimbo and several other very large and successful Mexican companies. Believe me - nothing at all accidental about their success or how they "achieved their status". Some of the smartest, best educated and effective professionals I ever worked with or had the pleasure of meeting. As one of many examples, one of my best friends from those days is now running a bank in Luxembourg that Cemex acquired as part of their purchase of a large multinational conglomerate. Great, well run companies.
  15. You have some good recommendations for folks at Lakeside and I have seen very nice work completed by many of them. But if you are looking for something really special take a look at this place - not at Lakeside but pretty easy to get to and he has made, delivered and installed several things for us - we live in Ajijic. He even came to our house to take measurements for a mesquite front door, some counter tops, etc. Not the cheapest but truly exceptional quality, creativity and workmanship. Most of the stuff we have bought has been mesquite but he works in other woods too. He has a huge showroom and he can make anything you want. He does residential stuff but also lots of commercial stuff for restaurants, bars, offices, etc. Speak with Erik - very talented young man who speaks perfect English. Long time family business. http://www.ornelas.com.mx/WP/