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Admission and operation at Espanola

Posted by urufish on January 10, 2009


The operation was scheduled for Jan 6.  We were told to go to Admissions at 9am.  We picked up our blood donor (see previous post) at  Tres Cruces at 8:30 and took her to the blood donation section at 8:45.    We went to admissions to check in.   When my wife didn’t know what blood type she was, they sent us to the blood donation section to get typed.  As we walked in, our donor was just finishing up.  By the time they took my wife’s blood and typed her, the card for our donor was finished and we took everything back to admissions. 

Admissions asked the regular questions, checked her anti-tetanus card and the blood donor card and took us up to the room.  We didn’t see any ‘wards’ (4 or more persons in a room) on the floor we were taken to.  We only saw private and semi-private rooms (2 in a room).  As mentioned earlier, we signed up for a private room.   The pictures immediately below are from that room. 

Unlike the rooms I’m used to from up north, these rooms aren’t sterile looking.  They used a lot of wood to give the room warmth.  The ante-room at the entrance was a nice touch.  When there were more than 2 people in the room, it gave us a place to go and talk without disturbing my wife. 

Since we were given the room at 9am and the procedure wasn’t scheduled until 2pm, I took the time to check out all the room’s toys and my wife watched some TV and talked to friends. The room includes a TV with 80 channels, a frigo-bar, telephone, air conditioning, mood lighting, a modern hospital bed with all the toys and a complete, spotless private washroom.  I tested everything and it all worked. Very impressive. 

The operation was delayed an hour because earlier patients had some unexpected difficulties.  When the nurses showed up to take her to surgery, they also took us to the surgical waiting room.  It was a sparse place but comfortable.  The procedure took about an hour and a half.  The doctor came out and told us everything went well and we’d be able to go up to the room in 20 minutes. 

She was out of anaesthetic when we got up there and was hooked up with all the stuff we come to expect up north.  I took the first shift, staying with her from 5pm until 8am the next day.  The night nurse came in and showed me how to turn the chair into a bed, gave me a blanket, some food and told me how to reach her if my wife needed anything that evening.  She didn’t.  But every 2 hours, a team of nurses came in and did a bunch of things, trying not disturb me, not that I could sleep anyway.  Turns out that it’s hospital procedure to have patients have an ‘accompaniente’ with them 24/7.  It’s a little tighter in a semi private room, but the same basics apply.

The next morning, I was relieved by my wife’s cousin and went home to work and get some sleep.   Her other doctors came to visit her that day, while they were there working.  She had a lot of calls from friends here and in Canada.  By the end of the day, her doctor said things went better than he expected and she could go home the next day. 

I did the 4pm to 8am shift again that evening.  Came to pick her up at 1pm and took her home.  She’s doing very well.   Our overall exeprience with the Espanola’s hospital facilities is extremely positive.  We can honestly say we were never treated this well in the Toronto area’s hospitals. 

 Note:  The room (pictures below) is in the old section.  The new section is more modern. 






2 Responses to “Admission and operation at Espanola”

  1. Mario said


    By now, I hope that you dear wife is completely recovered and enjoying Piriapolis!

    Thank you VERY much for your detailed, well researched and extremely informative posts. Even is at times one can read the frustration in your writing, you are giving my country a fair shake. As am Uruguayan working in California, planning to return to my country to reside for several months a year, I find your information invaluable. I am delighted to know that the Sociedad Española de Socorros Mutuos met your expectations. Thanks for sharing your monthly cost, it helps me to plan my impending retirement (June 09!)

    I will be in Montevideo, visiting my three brothers this coming Friday, staying for four weeks. I tried to contact you at irvpuntofisherarrobatonidercorppuntocom, and my email bounced, I will very much appreciate if you could contact me at msmoratorioarrobaucdavispuntoedu. I have a couple of very specific questions, such as how to deal with money transfer into the country, I read you posting about the banks and now I realize how different they are from banks in California! This information is rather crucial, as I will be drawing Social Security and receiving my retirement from the University of California.

    Well, this posting went on for long enough.

    Hope to meet you in Montevideo or Piriapolis, as I will be spending quite a bit of time with one of my brother’s family in Punta del Este.



    PS: I am glad that you your family enjoy Pocitos do much. I like it almost as much as Malvín ; )

  2. urufish said

    Hola Mario. I sent you an email. I hope you get it. Thanks for the kind remarks. She’s doing just fine. So fine, that she’s taking a short holiday with one of her friends this coming week. She took the car so I’m driving the motorcycle this week, tempting fate here in Montevideo.

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