Two totally unrelated questions, Rob

by connie, Sunday, September 29, 2019, 21:51 (20 days ago)

First, do you know if the machine that does cardioconversion is available at any medical facility in Zihuatanejo? It is used to stop a-fib. It is not the same as the "paddles" that are used to re-start a heart; it "converts" an irregualar heartbeat back to its usual rhythm.

Secondly, we would like to help pay for some school kids' school supplies, book bags and uniforms, as necessary. Can you put us in touch directly with some kids who could use such help? Approximately, how much per child per school year does it cost?

Thanks so much for both points of information.

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Two totally unrelated questions, Rob

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, September 30, 2019, 09:28 (19 days ago) @ connie

First, do you know if the machine that does cardioconversion is available at any medical facility in Zihuatanejo? It is used to stop a-fib. It is not the same as the "paddles" that are used to re-start a heart; it "converts" an irregualar heartbeat back to its usual rhythm.

Secondly, we would like to help pay for some school kids' school supplies, book bags and uniforms, as necessary. Can you put us in touch directly with some kids who could use such help? Approximately, how much per child per school year does it cost?

Thanks so much for both points of information.

Hola Connie,

My wife helps many needy families and their children with donations she receives from my readers, but putting foreigners in contact with them is not something I think she would be comfortable doing. While I post photos of some of the recipients, they retain their privacy. I know sponsoring particular children is a popular format with some charitable international organizations, but with Lupita it is personal because these are mostly friends and neighbors and family members of people she has known much of her life. People who are shy. People who are proud. People who are embarrassed to ask for help from strangers.

What Lupita tries to do is accumulate enough donations to help a small classroom or group of children at a time, though when donations are scarce she will simply help individuals and families that she knows, such as children of indigenous wandering vendors, or children who work as the breadwinners in their family.

I have no idea what a child pays for a semester of school supplies and uniforms. Maybe my wife does, but she's out right now. The uniforms alone with a couple of pairs of shoes are probably around a couple thousand pesos. I'd rough guess another thousand for the rest of the supplies.

I've no idea about the medical device you inquire about, and I wouldn't know where to begin that inquiry. Morelia or Acapulco probably has such medical technology. Maybe one of my readers knows.

Two totally unrelated questions, Rob

by Fly on the Wall, Monday, September 30, 2019, 09:38 (19 days ago) @ connie

You’ve addressed both questions to Rob , but relative to your second question , if you really want to help in that area consider becoming a member of Friends of Ninos Adelante . Google them first . We have helped put a brother and sister through primary school, high school ,and then on to University. The brother graduated from Petetlan early this year and the sister will be attending UNAM starting in Jan. It’s a big commitment and it is for the long haul , but so worthwhile not just for the students but also for the sponsors

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Two totally unrelated questions, Rob

by Helene @, Zih, Monday, September 30, 2019, 10:24 (19 days ago) @ Fly on the Wall

Ninos Adelante is one of the best organizations down there to help students. It is a wonderful way to connect and help worthy children and their families.

Two totally unrelated questions, Rob

by Sallienyc @, New York City, Monday, September 30, 2019, 18:41 (19 days ago) @ Helene

We sponsor a child through ninos adalante . We are in constant communication through the student . We go to a breakfast with her and her family. It is a very worthwhile cause. I also help out with other things besides the education. Sneakers, backpack etc. you must have good grades to get in and also maintain good grades to stay in the program. The students go on to be professionals . Please give it a try.

Two totally unrelated questions, Rob

by connie, Monday, September 30, 2019, 21:40 (19 days ago) @ Sallienyc

Thanks for all your responses about helping some children.

I would still hope to hear from someone with a-fib who has had to have it addressed medically in Z. Thanks.

Two totally unrelated questions, Rob

by zulualpha, Tuesday, October 01, 2019, 06:48 (18 days ago) @ connie

Connie....There is no resident cardiologist in Zihua. Locals use the visiting cardio, by name Dr. Daniel Luviano, when he arrives in Zihua, which is about once a month. You can book an appointmnt to see him at la clínica Maciel, located behind the market, (street name I can never remember). Otherwise, Morelia and Acapulco, as Rob noted, are best sources for cardio care.

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Two totally unrelated questions, Rob

by Curbarn, summer b.c. winter zihua, Friday, October 04, 2019, 17:46 (15 days ago) @ connie

Many places still use the defib machine, but with a therapeutic level of electricity, sometimes with paddles or pads attached, instead of the big shock to get your engine started again. The patient is put to sleep is this different than what you are suggesting?