We got sick. After a couple of weeks of drinking 3-4 liters a day to combat the heat and humidity we now suspect water here in the Rio Dulce has caught up with us.
Last week I took Kathy to the doctor with complaints of stomach problems. We got an excellent referral to Dr Francisco, now our de facto primary care physician here in Fronteras, Guatemala. Dr Francisco Arenales is actually a Surgeon so we feel we are in good hands for our trivial ailments.
Kathy was diagnosed with a easily treatable GI parasite likely from the water we've been drinking.
400Q: Consultation including extensive Ultra-sound
190Q: Lots of lab tests
655Q: Total or $82USD
Aside from the low cost compared to the USA, no appointment was necessary and the doctor friendly and not in any sort of hurry.
Today it was my turn as my stomach was killing for a second day in a row.
200Q: Consultation AND quick Ultra-sound
190Q: Extensive lab tests
455Q: Total or $56USD
Tomorrow, I get my results and we suspect the same little bug is causing the problem.
We are now drinking bottled water at 15Q or $1.88USD for a 5 gallon bottle. Another benefit of a catamaran is you can have a stand up water cooler and it won't tip over.