Moving to, living in, and dealing with life in a new country... this is a blog for old friends, new friends, and strangers who feel like checking in once in a while to see what I'm up to down here in Belize.
I had to go see an old lady about the stomach pains I've been having for a few days.... Why an old lady and not a doctor? Because old ladies are smarter than doctors. Duh.
Now, I've never had a baby, but what I was feeling is pretty much what I imagine contractions are like, and it sucks. A lot.
I walked into her tiny home and told her my symptoms, then she had me lie down on her bed and started poking around my lower belly area.
Apparently, my womb dropped.
I didn't even know that was possible... but, yeah, that's what she said.
I asked how that happens and she told me it can be from lifting something too heavy while you're having your period (sorry, male readers. Deal with it)
I'm thinking lifting cases of beer at work last week were what did it to me, then.
Anyway, she rubbed my back and my sides for a bit - taking time out to stir whatever she was cooking in the corner
Then she really started digging into my belly and, well, lifted my womb back up and tied some fabric around me to try to keep it in place.
I was instructed to come back in a few hours and just lay down all night... so I went to work and, luckily, was able to get my awesome co-worker to cover for me.
The, normally 15-20 minute walk home ended up taking me close to an hour because it seriously hurt so bad to move. ( I had taken a taxi to get to work, but the bumps were unbearable, which is why I decided to walk back home.)
When I finally reached, I rested for a while and then went back over to Anty Maly's for a second "womb lift," and have been laying in bed for the past 18 hours or so.
I guess I feel a little better. My pain has moved from my lower abs to right around my belly button, and it comes and goes instead of hurting for a straight ten minutes like it had been.
****Update, 31 May
Feeling 100% better, worked a busy night last night (Chicksn Drop at Wahoo's) and, have been told that the medical term for my condition is called a " prolapsed uterus."
Oh, and my visit with Anty Maly only cost me $5bz.
How much would a doctor in the States charge me if I went in about some stomach pains???
I hope this works- I still don't know if posts from my iPod ever make it to all of you out there in cyber world, and ever since I busted up two of my fingers OVER A MONTH AGO, my laptop has just been sitting around, collecting dust.
Wait... I didn't tell you a busted my fingers? So I probably didn't tell you about my second trip to Lamanai, Kathy's visit to San Pedro, or the new puppy, either, eh?
I suck - but I'll get back to all of that in good time. For now, I'm just posting about the Midas Resort in San Ignacio, where I stayed last night.
This is the main building- the bar is on the first floor verandah, in front of the large pool... which I don't have a picture of because, like I said, I suck.
The dining area- serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.