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The Tijuana Option

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, M.D., June 14, 2017

There may come a time when some of us may have to experience the pain of accompanying a family member, close friend or a loved one through the ordeal of a disease that may be deemed terminal. We often go through the same emotional stages as the person who is at the end of their journey here on earth.

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“The five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling.”

It can be during one of these stages that we try to “buy” our loved ones more time or find that miraculous cure that will end our loved one’s suffering or perhaps be the cure we are so desperate to find.   As a physician who provides care to a population of expats from the U.S. and Canada, the majority of whom are about my parents’ age (65 and older), I have treated many who have had to fight these battles, including cancer. That includes my own parents.

As those of you who follow my blog postings know, I have written previously about my mother’s fight with breast cancer and how she received excellent care in the Mexican Public Healthcare system in Guadalajara. Last year, her oncologist told her that she was in remission and was free to return to Chicago. Well, she recently returned to Chicago only to be hospitalized again and learned she had developed tumors in her liver. They probably had metastasized from her breast cancer.

I believe that during one of these stages of accepting my mother’s recurrence of what is now a stage 4 cancer and ultimately the end of her journey on this earth, members of my family, with the best of intentions, did what is now a common practice. They searched Google for an answer, a cure. They believed that the “conventional” allopathic medical therapy she underwent had not provided the cure we all had hoped for so they looked up “alternative” care clinics, based in Tijuana that seemed to offer hope for a cure of my mother’s cancer.

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US Patient Mortality Lower With Non-US-Trained Physicians

Posted by Vanessa, February 7, 2017

Lower US Patient Mortality

Medicare patients admitted to the hospital and treated by internists who graduated from medical schools outside the United States had lower 30-day mortality than matched patients cared for by graduates of US schools, according to results of a study published online today in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Full article HERE.

My Hospital Visit

Posted by Wendy, December 17, 2016

'Triple burger with fries, would you like the complimentary angiogram with that?'

‘Triple burger with fries, would you like the complimentary angiogram with that?’

I read somewhere that men and women’s symptoms for heart issues are different.  Men suffer crushing chest pains and numbness in their left arm.  Women experience varying levels of chest pain radiating up into their jaw.  So when I started feeling a soreness in my chest move up north, I paid attention.  We were watching a really good Mission Impossible movie and I wanted to see it to the end to ensure that the villain was in fact destroyed and the hero saved the girl and was given his next assignment, “if he choose to accept it.”  I then told my spouse about my symptoms, keeping myself calm and my voice low, to not create excitement and high blood pressure for either one of us. I knew once we started making phone calls and got this ball rolling, it couldn’t be stopped.

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Email from a patient’s wife

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, February 28, 2014

Pain ChapalaMedHe came all the way down from Canada because he was not getting a diagnosis or treatment to alleviate his severe pain.

Hello Dr. Hernandez,

My name is Melissa and I am Randy Glasel’s wife.  I wanted to write you and offer you my most sincere thank you for taking Randy on as a patient and helping us to come one step closer to having this long term issue resolved.  As his wife and a mother to two very young children watching my husband and their daddy go through this has been extremely difficult on us.  It has been a long and challenging road and at many times it left us wore out and just very sad.Now thanks to your quick thinking and willingness to dig a little deeper we finally have a diagnosis.  How can I begin to thank you enough for helping our family.  Randy has peace of mind after having been told by many other doctors that it was all in his head.  His concern has validation.
God bless you and the work that you do.  If I am ever in Mexico to see my father I will step in and personally thank you as well.
Many thanks again.
Melissa Glasel

jcforme@hotmail.com

Chapala Med-Physician in Mexico -Testimonial – Cat Cole

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, October 22, 2013

resized pic (1)I am 66 years old, very active in fitness and eat a clean diet. I was always aware that I had a family history of heart problems, but knew that my regime was keeping me out of trouble.  And, as it turned out, it was. I had some testing done last year and things were looking very good.

But for some reason, things changed over the past couple of months.  I was not able to exercise very much, had no energy; I didn’t have an appetite and was feeling rather depressed about it all. Continue reading…

My surgical experience with Dr. Hernandez

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, October 16, 2013

Surgery ChapalaMedI had breast augmentation 38 years ago. I was one among many women who were the first to do such a procedure. The implants were manufactured by Dow Corning, the first company to product the devices. I was told that there was only 20 years experience with these implants and that after that, “We just don’t know.”  I went ahead with the procedure. I loved, loved, loved the results and have never looked back. Due to the short life experience with these implants, they eventually started to rupture and many, many women sued the manufacture, who paid billions in claims, putting the company in bankruptcy. Since then research has revealed that the implants did not and do not cause the medical problems claimed by these women, however, it is advised to have them replaced. Science has now developed safer versions, there are many manufacturers producing them and it has become a very common procedure. Just take a look at the internet and you’ll see your favorite stars with enhanced breasts.

I was told that my implants had ruptured before moving to Mexico and that replacement was recommended. Dr. Hernandez was unaware of the leakage, but as a routine examination for my medical file, he sent me to Guadalajara for a sonogram which revealed my “problem.” He called me into his office and we discussed “what to do.” I had been aware of the rupture for some time, but hated the idea of another surgery. So far nothing I could detect was affecting my health. Being from the U.S., insurance companies say, “Tough cookies” when it comes to most plastic surgery procedures and the cost is out of sight. But living in Mexico where insurance companies don’t rule the roost, those procedures are more affordable and when Dr. Hernandez had a heart to heart with me, I said, “When do we do this?” Continue reading…

Promotion for first time visitors 20% Off

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, July 1, 2013

20 percent off first visitCome visit Chapala Med and if you mention this ad you receive 20 off your first visit.

Chapala Med provides primary Medical Care, specialist coordination & house calls in English to the English-speaking EXPAT communities of the Lake Chapala and Guadalajara metropolitan areas by and Up-to-date physician with U.S. Post-graduate training in family medicine & AAFP membership.

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First Dinner meeting with Mexamericare Mexico Team

Posted by Dr. Santiago Hernandez, June 25, 2013

Team Chapala MEdFirst dinner meeting of the full Mexamericare Mexico Team last night at Roberto’s in Ajijic. Valerie Friesen, Insurance Consultant; Jaime and Deborah Mojica, Local Concierges; Dan Sieben, Founder/Manager; Dr. Santiago Hernandez, Referring Physician. A STRONG Team!