Roxanne writes about her great IESS Hospital Experience!

My birthday is at the end of April and to celebrate we rented a great little house in Cotacachi -about 2 hours north of Quito. We were loading the car at 5:30 Saturday morning-we had a big and heavy box of dry goods that I decided to carry down our 17 step stairway (without telling Bob I was going to do so)

I started down the stairs, and caught my heel on the top step, and somersaulted down to the bottom, where Bob found me upside down with my legs through the banister. I had bruises all over, side of head, shoulders and legs. The first thing I said, "I think I've dislocated my shoulder" We then tried to figure out if anything else was broken, and luckily there were no other breaks. Amazingly enough I was covered with instant coffee and there was shards of glass from two instant coffee jars all over.. I never got one glass cut, and must have been tumbling down the stairs with a grip on the box, because I received no injuries on my hands.

Bob ran over to Agripina’s house yelling we needed help! Immediately Agripina, Lucio, Sonia, and Cecelia were there was 6:00 am Sat morning. They took me over to the emergency across the street.I said just shove it back in the socket. The Doctor said if it is broken that would really mess it up- that I needed x-rays, but only machine was in La Libertad and other distant places.  The doc gave me a pain injection, which helped,, but the pain was fierce. This was the first of my 5 different Ecuadorian hospital experiences.

We decided to make the trip anyway, so everyone got us loaded and off we went. Every bump in the road was really bad pain , but the shot I received at the hospital helped!

The description of our trip to Cotacachi is too long for this writing, but suffice to say, it was too long, too bumpy, and our GPS went on strike in the middle of Quito and points North. We started about 7:10 in the morning and drove steady until we finally arrived at 9:30 that evening.

We were both exhausted but the house was terrific. Bob made a much appreciated fire and I enjoyed the warmth with a drink. Unfortunately, that was it for the nice times.

The next morning, Sunday, we went to the local hospital, and I was able to get the required x ray. One look at the radiologist's face was enough for us to know it was bad news. Each person we watched look at the x ray for the first time, recoiled as they realized what they were looking at. My arm was fractured.This was my second IESS hospital and everyone was very friendly and extremely helpful.

Note arm shattered and dislocated...Yikes!!!

The staff at the hospital told us that they did not have a qualified doctor there who could treat my multiple fractures. so they sent us up to Ibarra (45 minutes north) to a really first class hospital. This was my 3rd IESS hospital. They put a cast on my arm and then said they were admitting me as surgery was necessary. Everyone was again very friendly and helpful as they settled me into a bed in a room with several other patients. They took blood and urine samples as well as my vital signs.  During my stay, they took numerous x rays, performed many blood tests, and were continually checking my temperature and blood pressure...I was also hooked to an IV which provided saline, Pain Medication, and antibiotics.  They said I would be moved into a more private room later that evening and I ended up with 3 roommates who also had broken bones.There were lots of conferences with more and more specialized. Orthopedic surgeons.Again everyone was very cheerful and helpful! They decided I needed surgery to install a 6” metal plate with 8 screws to hold all the fractured parts together with the Humerous bone which was also broken.All of this was happening on my Birthday so instead of enjoying a martini in front of a roaring fire along with filet mignon and birthday cake,  I was in a hospital bed awaiting surgery!

One of the doctors decided to put a new lighter cast on my arm as I had complained the one I had was very heavy to the point where it was getting hard to move.

I stayed in this hospital for 6 days and although I would have given anything to be with Bob and Coquita in our beautiful Cotacochi home I was treated great by everyone I encountered!

Bob was wonderful and drove every day to see me as well as bringing me special cookies as a special treat!   

During one of his trips to visit me, the fuel pump went out on the car in front of the hospital.It was late in the day so he decided he and Coquita would spend the night in the car which they both survived very well. He spent all the next day going around with the family members of one of my roommates,  who volunteered to help,  so that next morning our new friends found a mechanic to come over to the hospital.  The good news was it was only a fuel pump and not the whole motor, etc. So a tow truck took Bob over to the mechanics garage, we got a good deal on the right fuel pump and he dropped the gas tank and replaced the whole thing, and replaced the gas tank, and now the car runs like cost with pump under $200.including towing the car to the shop! Then the family invited Bob and Coquita over to their home for a wonderful lunch!

That's it on the good news.  I was in all lot of pain even though they were giving me pain medication  The hospital orthopedic surgeons decided they did not want to tackle my severe injury. so they transferred me by ambulance to Quito -over 2 hours drive away.. There are many top surgeons in Quito.The IESS hospital did not want to tackle my operation, so they put it out for “bid”-to private orthopedic surgeons all over the country-which is why I ended up in Quito. I arrived on Friday and had the surgery on Saturday morning. It lasted about 3 hours but I came out of it fine.Again quite a bit of pain but they kept adjusting my pain medication. This was my 4th IESS hospital. The staff was wonderful-the food was actually very good and they had staff cleaning every 3 to 4 hours. Also when I arrived at the hospital they put me in a private room with bathroom, couch,T.V etc.

This shot show the plate and screws holding everyting together...

I was in this hospital for 6 days and Bob drove the 2+ hours every day over curvy,mountain roads!!! I’m lucky he didn’t end up in the hospital.

I was released on a Thursday and we stayed in the Cotacachi home until Sunday a.m. which was great therapy for all three of us. We drove the 12 hours to get home-needless to say Bob was exhausted,  but we arrived to hugs and caring by the entire Agripina and Isidro family plus an entire dinner waiting for us in the fridge,  made by our friends Tim and Janet and Shawn and Bill!!! Bob has continued to be fantastic-he waits on me hand and foot since I can’t do anything with my right hand.

I have started physical therapy in Ancon-my 5th IESS hospital. It is one hour and 20 minutes from home and Bob drives me twice a week. The staff at P.T. are great and I am making quite a bit of progress. They have Electronic Muscle Stimulator machines that I receive treatment on every visit-and then they have me do exercises that push me to my limit-but everyone says that's normal!!

Doctors have told me that the force required to break my arm like this, could have killed or paralyzed me, if the impact was a litle higher than my shoulder.  I am thankful everyday that I only have to deal with this reparable shoulder.

Every treatment I have described was covered by our IESS Insurance plan-$73.00/month. I can’t say enough about how well I was treated and I am thankful to all the wonderful people who took care of me and continue to do so!!!!

Posted on Mon, July 16, 2018 at 01:29PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

The Kid's Christmas Party was the best ever!!!

We are just now coming up for air--the party came off perfectly! It started with some of the local kids performing traditional Ecuadorian dances--then Papa Noel appeared and greeted all the kids,  who were absolutely delighted! 

The kids then lined up to receive their gifts, while Bob took their picture with Papa Noel.  Some of these children have been coming to our party for 10 years and have received a 5"x7" picture for every year.

While the received their gifts,  we served the hot dogs, chips and coke. We gave out 350 gift bags, served 550 meals in 21/2 hours.

Here are a lot of photos of the fun time!


Roxanne is enjoying seeing the happy faces...

This is a sample of the goodies that were in the gift bags...

The older girls all got a doll with changable dresses...

Here's Roxanne posing with just a third of the gift bags in the photo!

Bob is posing in front of the ancient oven that will cook 625 hot dog buns for us to be ready on the day of the party...

Here's Agripina, and daughter Sonia, cooking the wieners so the plastic covers can be removed easily.  625 of them...whew!

Tim and Janet did great work!  Tim delivered several hundred hot dogs, and Janet took most of the preceding photos...

A few days before the party, Tim and Janet helped us fill 600 baggies with Cristmas candy and animal crackers.  It's a big job eating the broken animal crackers, but somebody has to do it!

Bill and Shawn were terrific!  Bill also delivered hundreds of hot dogs, and Shawn made sure that each plate was complete!!


Just some of the crew that helps keep the party rolling!

Robinson and Bob pause just before things really get going....


The end of a perfect day!!!

In addition to thanking all the people who made this day a huge success, we want to thank again, all the friends and relatives who have supported this party, many for years and years...we could not do this without you!

We hope that all of your wishes come true in 2018!

Thanks again,

Bob and Roxanne

Posted on Sun, December 24, 2017 at 07:28PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

The Kid's Christmas Party is only 12 days away, and we still need you!

We know that all of you are constantly being solicited for donations, especially this time of year! 

We have been hit by escalating costs on all items from toys and dolls, to hot dogs and drinks, especially Christmas candy!  When you multiply these increases by 350 kids and 250 moms...the numbers get big fast...

12 days from the big event, we are still $1250 in the red, so we are hoping that a few of you will help us reduce this deficit a bit.

If you wish to send a little help, just log on to and send it off to  We will make sure that 100 percent of the funds go directly to the kids!

Here's a shot of Roxanne as we are ordering 100 pounds of Christmas Candy and 80 pounds of animal crackers, and 600 bags of potato chips.

Roxanne is holding a 2 pound bag, and when we pick up the candy on Wednesday they will be in huge bags hold 50 times that much candy!

Here's what we end up with!


Here's a couple of shots from previous years...

Thanks in advance!

Have great holiday season and a wonderful 2018!

Bob and Roxanne and all the kids and moms...


Posted on Sun, December 10, 2017 at 09:35AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

Fifty Years and still having fun!!!

We were married on Nov 18, 1967, and never in a million years would we have thought that 50 years later, we would be living on a perfect beach on the west coast of Ecuador!  We've had a lot of great adventures in 50 years...and we feel fortunate that we are still living out our dreams...

Here's a shot of that young couple...

and one more of Roxanne...

Just a few hours before our party...we were surprised by Agripina and her family, when they made us a great looking anniversary cake...

Here's a couple of shots of us just before the party...


We put filets on the bar b que, and completed the dinner with garlic bread, huge baked potato, and a delicious shrimp filled avocado from Janet.  Dessert was courtesy of Shawn and Bill...fresh squeezed lime meringue lots of anniversary cake!  Geri and Mark brought homemade bean dip and shrimp hors d'Oeuvres.

Alex and his mom Cecilia, did a great job helping us.  Rox made the aprons and bowties...

As many in the party were quick to we are on our next 50 years!  We're looking forward to the ride!

Posted on Mon, November 20, 2017 at 02:47PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments3 Comments

The Kid's Christmas Party is just around the corner!

After putting on the huge kid's party for nine years, we were seriously considering not doing it anymore.  We thought that we were just getting too old to do it again...however, we found that the kids and moms in our town would be devastated!

So...In the last 8 days, we have made two six hour trips to Guayaquil to purchase 140 dolls, 40 stuffed, fuzzy animals, 140 trucks, 40 smaller trucks, and 40 baby toys.

We will be working on the party preparations everyday until the big event on December 22.

And...we can use all the help we can get!  We still have to buy 625 weiners and buns, 120 liters of Coke, 500 bags of potato chips, 100 pounds of Christmas candy, 80 pounds of animal crackers, 450 gift bags, and glasses, plates, napkins, condiments, and the rental of tables and stools to seat all of the happy crowd!

Your continued support of this party makes it all possible.  Every cent contributed goes directly to the kids--many, of whom, will receive nothing else for Christmas.

If you would like to help make a lot of deserving kids happier this year, please send your contribution to our PayPal account   If you mark it personal or family, there will be no fees.

To get you in the are a few fun shots...

Here are samples of what the kids are getting this year...

Here's Rox posing with the presents last year...


We thank you all in advance and wish you the best for the holiday season and the next year!

Posted on Sun, November 12, 2017 at 10:50AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment
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