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YES!!! Doctors in Medellin Still Make House Calls

The quality of life in Medellin gets better day by day … As of this post, we’ve only been in Medellin Colombia for about 75 days. We’re still in love with this amazing city, and even after nearly 8 weeks, something new continues to happen that makes us fall in love even more.

While working away on my laptop, I noticed my 8 year old girl Charli, still had this nagging cough. Just seemed like it wouldn’t go away. It’s one of those things where you hear it differently on a particular day, and say to yourself, ‘ why is that cough still lurking around…’

So with that, I turned to the Internet to find a local clinic or hospital.  I still haven’t been here long enough to determine which hospital or clinic was closest too me, or which one was better. But one thing I can say for sure, there are a no shortages of hospitals or clinics here in Medellin.

As I started to search and search, I started to make myself sick by wondering ‘how in the world was I going to communicate with these folks at the hospital?’

My Spanish speaking skills are horrible. I break out in cold sweats when I’m forced to carry on long conversations where I have no idea what they’re talking about, and where they don’t have a clue as to what I’m saying.

About the only reliable thing I can say with extreme confidence is … ‘Mi español es muy malo’, which means ‘my Spanish is VERY bad’ (although my Spanish is getting better week by week).

Anyhow, as I continued my online search for doctors in Medellin, I started to come across a few facilities that indicated they had translators available.

But what blew me away was the listings of doctors that would come by your house … You know, good ‘old-fashioned’ house-calls.

We managed to get a hold of a local Colombian doctor that spoke English. My wife called and explained what was going on and we were hoping to get an appointment set over the next couple days, but when she said, “I can come by today”, we were shocked.

I went online and found great reviews about this young lady and decided to set the appointment. As of this writing, her fee to make a house call was $150.000.00 pesos (about $50 U.S. Dollars).

She came over and gave my daughter a full work-up.

Doctor Making House Call in Medellin

Haley Getting Her Check-up

After watching Charli get her work-up, I decided to get everyone checked out … Since she was already here, it only made sense for all of us to get checked out and put into her system.

She created a file for each of us and of course, my blood pressure was high, and I suspected my blood sugar was elevated (I haven’t quite followed a proper diet since being here).

She ordered a bunch of labs for me and some for my wife. On Tuesday, my wife and I will make a trip to the laboratory to get our labs done. It’s about a 3-4 mile ride up the road in Uber and will cost about $1.50 – $1.75 for the trip.

She told me each of the labs will run anywhere from about $5 – $7 bucks a piece (U.S. Dollars). In the U.S., I regularly paid $90-$150 for routine blood work every 6 months.

We absolutely fell in love with our doctor. She was amazing. Another plus about this doctor is her deep passion for nutrition and wellness. She feels there are a lot of natural ways to heal various ailments versus using medication as the primary line of defence.

I’ve been on blood pressure medicine for at least the last 15 years and I’m ready to get off the stuff. She feels very confident that she can help me eventually get off the meds.

In fact, she came back to our house the following day and took us to the ‘La Minorista’ market in Medellin. This market is like a HUGE warehouse where you can go in and get fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, teas, fish, and meats of all sorts.

The place is probably about the size of about 2-3 home depots put together, and some parts have 2 levels. From my understanding, this is the small market. The larger one is called ‘La Majorista’.

We spent several hours there and she and her husband took us around and showed us how to identify which fruits and vegetables to get. This was important because in many cases, we were purchasing food that had not fully ripen. So this was great.

Now tell me this… How many doctors in the United States would do this for their patients?

Not many…

When I go get my labs next week, I’ll make sure to update you all on how that experience goes … I’m very anxious to see this for myself.

In the interim, I made a quick video clip highlighting some of the information the doctor shared with me about the foods and chemicals used in those foods that could make you sick and even cause cancer.

Click the play button to watch (turn up your volume, I didn’t have my mic on).


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