Some People Break Boards, Others Break Ribs

Unidad Medico Reception

For about 10 days now, Erik has been walking around with what we though were just bruised ribs after a run in with a powerful wave at the Mexican Pipeline in Puerto Escondido.  After several sleepless nights it was finally time to see a doctor.


Thankfully we were able to get the name of a doctor in town. A short cab ride later and we found Unidad Medico.  The doctor wasn’t there and the two young receptionists didn’t speak English.  We tried our best to communicate with our limited Spanish and hand gestures that Erik hurt his ribs and can’t sleep.  The girls had a laptop with wifi and one of them quickly pulled up Google translator.

X-ray room

Modern technology to the rescue.  You definitely don’t want to guess what you or someone else is saying when it comes to your health.  Other than “it hurts here”  we were pretty clueless with Spanish medical terms. We typed something in English and google translated it, and then they responded in Spanish and so on.  It was pretty amazing and a nice crutch to have for the situation.

Doctor's Office

The doctor showed up 10 minutes later and we sat in his office for a consultation.  The fact that he had a typewriter sitting on his desk made me really happy.  This is just as it should be.

A couple of X-rays later, the doc walked in and said he had some “noticias males” (bad news).  Two broken ribs.  Besides a little medicine for the pain, the only remedy is to relax.  There isn’t much you can do for broken ribs, but bumpy bus rides are not recommended.  So before we take off to explore ruins all over Southern Mexico we will be relaxing in Puerto Escondido for two to three more weeks.

2 broken ribs