Friday, August 1, 2008

A trip to the doctor in St. Kitts part II

This is a follow-up post from a month or so ago when we went to the doctor for the first time here in St. Kitts. If you haven't read, it was an interesting experience. Since that visit, we have spoken to others and gotten some additional information, and our trip to the doctor in St. Kitts today was a pleasant surprise. Our new doctor was very professional and well spoken, and his office had exam rooms with supplies organized nicely, a courteous receptionist, a copy machine, normal doctor's office chairs, Germ X sitting on the counter, and patient history paperwork for us to fill out, including a space available for the patients first AND last name! And, they even took debit cards!

So to friends and family who are concerned about our welfare here on a remote island in the middle of the Caribbean, do not fret. There is professional and decent medical care to be found.

And I have one more disclaimer to make. Although in the past I have referred to our little island here as a third-world country, it really isn't a true third-world country. We say it more as a joke for ourselves because our lives here are so different from what they were in the United States. But in the true sense of the word, this is actually one of the "middle class" islands in the Caribbean. Yes there is poverty, but there is poverty everywhere. Yes there is crime, but there is crime everywhere, and St. Kitts is actually one of the safer places in the Caribbean to be. So yes, it is humbling to see a different lifestyle than what we are used to back in the states, but we are blessed to live on a beautiful island with people that will take you in as family once they get to know you.

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