Tuesday afternoon we return to the Coffee Shop Cribbage group for a couple of hours of fun. The pairings of players are mixed up from our first visit two weeks ago, and we are able to learn more about the lives of the different players. The conversations often turn to why people first came to Cuenca, where they’ve lived in Cuenca, and where else has been “home”. The majority of the group rents their apartments/condo’s here, and I find it interesting to learn how often they switch to new places and what drives their decisions to move. There’s a story or two of acquaintances who made significant improvements in their rental (in one case $18,000) only to have the owner dramatically increase the rent or refuse to renew the lease. The consensus around the cribbage tables is to try to get the owner to do the improvements before starting a lease or only make small improvements yourself. Seems like common sense to us.
We arrived 5 minutes early on Thursday morning. The physician and his assistant were ready - a positive sign given typical Ecuadorian timing of being 20-30 minutes late. Dr. Flores explains the process again and he assists William into the unit. The oxygen begins flowing and Dr. Flores slowly increases the pressure to 50 psi. After 45 minutes at 50 psi the pressure is slowly released and William emerges. He feels great. He said he wanted to wait a day or two before making any subsequent appointments. An HBOT session in the US costs $250 to $600. William pays the doctor here $50 for the session. By Friday afternoon he still feels good and has decided to make an appointment for next week.
Sunday, we attend the Azuay Community Theater, which is an expat group. The venue allows for 36 - 42 seats and all are taken. Prior to the virtual curtain rising we meet Dale and Judy from Saskatchewan, Canada for the first time. They are snow birds who spend approximately two months in Mexico prior to coming to Cuenca for four months. They have been doing this for a number of years. We also meet Jane and Nancy from the Cribbage group. The program includes four short plays. Three are enjoyable while one is painful - not from the performance perspective, but rather from the subject matter. Overall, we rate it a “ok” experience, but not something we would be disappointed to miss.