The next step was to check in with the laboratory, another line, this one with 30 people. While standing in line, a phlebotomist verified demographic information and took a couple of additional pieces of information and handed me the form saying results would be ready at 4PM the next day Friday. When I got up to the window, the clerk took my lab order, the form the phlebotomist gave me and the laboratory pass and stamped them with a code number. She then hand wrote 4 labels each with the code number and a procedure code. One was for the urine sample which I put on a tray next to the window, the other 3 for the vacutainers which the phlebotomist on the next line handed to me after applying the labels. This one was only 15 people long. That phlebotomist also reminded me results would be ready at 4PM the next day Friday. This line ended at a little room where two phlebotomists we drawing blood. With that taken care of I went back to the waiting area by the nurse’s desk. The doctor hadn’t come in yet, he should be in “ya merito,” almost immediately and that there were two patients ahead of me. The wait didn’t seem too interminable, the doctor arrived and took care of the two patients plus 3 or 4 interruptions. My turn and about the time I was walking into his office/examination room, two other doctors came by looking to go to lunch. My doc said he wouldn’t be long and they should sit in if they wanted. Well, it took a good bit longer than I would have suspected. I was asked about my background and why I came to Zacatecas and we detoured into philosophy and politics a bit and then my doctor explained his diagnosis of my problems and the next few steps in his plan including meds from those available through Seguro Popular plus certain ultrasounds at the
About the time the half-hour was up, a “doctor-looking” gentleman walked out of a door marked Ultrasound. I asked him if he knew Dr. Navarro. Of course, he’s a colleague and a friend. Do you know if he’ll be in today? No, they should know at the reception window. I already asked. He took me over to the window and talked to one particular person who hadn’t been there when I arrived. Dr. Navarro left a message that he wouldn’t be able to make it today. After a little bit of back and forth I settled for an appointment next Wednesday at 5PM. Nobody thought to give him my phone number so he could contact me and maybe the people I talked to first didn’t recognize the name because of my accent. If we connect on Weds. All will be forgiven.