Vacation in MEXICO

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chroniemomx2
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   Posted 7/21/2009 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband and I are heading to Mexico in Nov.  We will be staying at an all inclusive resort for 4 days.  Just curious if anybody has gone and what precautions you took.

janicea
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   Posted 7/21/2009 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been there tons. If you're eating all your meals on-site, and it's a major resort, it's the same as being in the US -- except drink bottled water and use it also to brush your teeth etc. All the kitchens in major resorts use purified water in the kitchens, and to make ice cubes etc -- and they want people to come back so, they do a good job.

Off-site, you gotta be careful. No salads (unpeeled veggies and fruits are a no-no), no ice, bottled water/drinks only. I never eat the street food just to be safe, though I'm sure I am missing out. In a touristy area they usually bring you a bottle of water, or club soda, or soda with the straw right in the bottle, so you know what you're getting.

In about 10 visits, I only had problems once, and that was because I ate salad or had bad ice. If you have guacamole instead of salad, you're making a good choice!

I'd bring a full supply of medications though -- however in mexico the drug stores can dispense a lot of medications without a perscription and the pharmacist is very knowledgeable... things like lomotil and other GI stuff are there, and usually also at the hotel gift shop LOL.
Where are you going? I'm jealous!!
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   Posted 7/21/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Can I go? I will be quiet.
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Katzzz
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   Posted 7/21/2009 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
DH and I have been 14 trips total. I still don't like flying. We will be going again this Sept first time with the crohns diagnose. We have been to Crown Paradise we like it but we didn't like being on motel row in cancun,I got sick there because they didn't wash out there cups well on the beach they just rinsed them in sudsy water out by pool area you have to be very careful that they rinse the cups out better I was sick in the room for two days cramping badly. (( It is best you take your own cup )). This would not be good to get ontop of crohns. We have been to Iberostar cozmel loved it. We have been to the Cococabanna-we didn't like it much at. We have been to Iberostar Tucan several times Loved it got stuck in huuricane Wilma! Our very favorite is Barcelo been there several times.
Be sure to take all your meds along with you on carry on. Only drink bottle bater and only brush your teeth with bottle water. I have never had any trouble with any of the foods on the resort some may agree and some may not on the gut. Is this your first trip,where are you going?

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   Posted 7/22/2009 12:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh lucky you. My very favorite place is Playa Del Carmen at the IberoStar. Totally awesome have been there many times. I do not care for Cancun, have been there just once to actually stay. The rest of the time its just to fly into and get on a bus to Playa.

Need someone to go and help with the luggage,lol. FYI my first resection was done in Cancun on an emergency basis, take your cell phone I didn't and the language barrier was a problem. If I had my cell phone with me it would have been a life saver. You can get assistance with language problems with your cell phone. This was 7-4-02. While I had excellent care the conditions were poor and no English spoken at the hospital by anyone. I have heard that since my escapade they have built a new hospital, they needed it. Where I was it was an old 3 story hotel converted, elevator held 2 people. I was carried by 6 people up & down a stair case after surgery. The nurses & drs are very proud of their skill and were wonderful-never had to ask for 1 thing, never had that kind of commitment in a hospital in the states. Excellent care with very outdated medical equipment, the language barrier was a problem. I was in Akumal at a villa when this happened and was taken by ambulance to Cancun, what an experience.
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


Nanners
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   Posted 7/22/2009 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband is Mexican and we travel to Mexico frequently. Just follow the advice above and you should do just fine. We actually plan to retire to Mexico when the time comes. We travel alot to Guadalajara and I just love it. Have fun!
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chroniemomx2
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   Posted 7/22/2009 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys! I am sooo looking forward to it! I have been in good health now for a while, and my husband still has his job (he works for GM) so we thought let's just go and celebrate while we can!

Straydog...how horrible! That would have made me very nervous!

The ice thing is bumming me because all I want is a blended drink at the pool! But I would rather forego that instead of being stuck in my room sick.

straydog
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   Posted 7/22/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   

ChronieMom,

The only test they had equipment for was an ultrasound xray. They thought it was my appendix gone bad. So, they took my appendix out only to find out they were fine. The surgeon, thank goodness, had the mind to keep looking, He opened me up lower and found a complete blockage and abscess in the small bowel. had that thing perforated, no I would not have survived it over there for sure. He did a resection, took out a foot of the small bowel. He & the ER dr came twice a day and saw me-my nurses were totally awesome but spoke no English, neither did the drs.I have a pice of paper with a drawing he made after surgery to show my husband and daughter what he did. I had laid in the bed for 3-4 days at the villa and a dr came out twice. The 2nd time he called an ambulance. I was too sick to be scared all I wanted to do was be put out of my misery. The nurses would make motions on if it was medicine for my stomach or whatever trying to communicate.I never one time had to ask for one thing including pain medication. They changed those IV's out on the money. No call buttons at bedside, an old black telephone with a guy answering Bueno,lol. My IV pole was some old rusty thing with two wheels, most of their equipment is donated from our drs right here in the states. They are so dedicated to their profession and patients you just cannot imagine. The best care I have ever received. I sure have never been cared for like that in the hospitals here in the states.

Like I said, someone told me they built a big new hospital in Cancun, they really needed it. my daughter rode up the elevator to the 3rd floor and walked in on my surgery,lol. Needless to say she made a fast exit.

Take a cell phone with a good battery and charger, plenty of meds and you should do just fine, Enjoy, I am envious.


Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


chroniemomx2
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   Posted 7/22/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
OH MY WORD! What a nightmare! Maybe I need to learn Spanish before I go!

nancerini
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   Posted 7/24/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm going in Nov also, glad I found this post, the CDC website was of no help whatsoever! When will you be there? I will be there Nov21-27 at the Hacienda Hotel and Spa in Puerto Vallarta. Nancy
 
OH, check this out!!
 
 

Doc2007
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   Posted 7/24/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Im going to Vallarta as well in NOV!!! Been twice in the past 3 years and love it. Never had a problem and the last time I went I was in the middle of a flare so go figure! But didnt let it stop me from having a good time. I drank a lot of Beer! lol it helped me pass gas!

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   Posted 7/24/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Anyone know anything about Costa Rica? My 20 year old son is spending his second semester next year studying abroad there. We are thinking of taking a vacation and coming for a visit, but I must admit, I'm a bit terrified of getting sick in a foreign country. My son does speak fluent Spanish, so at least I'd have a translator!
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chroniemomx2
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   Posted 7/24/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys! You all are so encouraging! I so can't wait to go!

Nanners
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   Posted 7/24/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Gumby,

A friend went down to Costa Rica recently and absolutely loved it and they were out in the boonies. She said it was a beautiful country. I would let your son go down and check it out before you go. But I am sure if you take the same precautions as if you were to go to Mexico, you would be just fine.

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*
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