So, before I start posting about the actual dental experience, I need to explain the diligence it took to get to this point. On November 2nd, 2011, after receiving the shocking estimate of work to be done, I threw myself into research mode. My first stop, after Google, was reading a book, Patients Beyond Borders by Joseph Woodman. This is the book that truly opened my eyes that going elsewhere, going out of the country for work was not only ‘doable’ people all over the world were actually doing it. Google sent me to articles in magazines and newspapers, such as USA Today, Newsweek and so on, blogs and first person accounts, all adding to the validity of the book. I started talking to friends and friends of friends, mostly those who live near the borders of Mexico and found most of the snowbirds in Arizona are getting their dental work done across the border and have been for years. The next month or so, all I did was research and read. I went to the dentists themselves and asked to talk with patients of theirs and got into email dialogues and phone conversations. I settled on Costa Rica, primarily because the travel time out of Boston was less than most of the destinations in Mexico, or at least it seemed so at the time and also because I had never been to Central America. This is, after all, medical tourism and I wanted to be a tourist as well as a patient.
Today is Epiphany. Are you having a King Cake today?