first of when we went shopping we did it the lazy way, we called Ana the taxi driver. lol Taxi fare is so cheap it was worth it to us. She went into the store with us and helped us understand what was what.
We bought yogurt, those tiny bananas, tea, cheese, lunch meats, those kinds of things.
I know Dr. M likes for his patients to have someone there with them, but if you have to travel alone I have a feeling he will take extra care with you. He called at the Hotel almost every day when I did not have a appointment with him to see him at his office. He is really sweet.
The hotel had a hookup to the Internet, we did have to pay for it but I don't remember how much it was. I know it wasn't very much. Also that way we could "talk" to family at home by pre-arranged time. I didn't use the PC in the hospital but my daughter did. It wasn't really that important to me because I was there only from surgery day Wednesday until Friday afternoon. My recovery was very uneventful, I had less pain with the DS open surgery then I had with the lap-band laproscopical surgery. By Sunday we where doing some sightseeing in town.
In order to use a cell phone we would have needed to buy a Sim-card in Brazil, we could have done that but decided not to bother with it. It just was to much of a hassle. So much easier to talk on the PC.
I contacted Dr. M in March and within a couple of weeks of e-mails back and forth I set a date in June. I could have gotten a date sooner but things at home kept me from it. Most of my lab-work was done here, same with psych-eval, x-ray and EDG I had done there because it was a fraction of the cost.
Dr. M speaks perfect English, he is a wizz at languages. His private nurse Duval also speaks English, the taxi driver Ana speaks English and the people at the desk at the hotel also spoke English, so really no real problem.
Anything else you need to know just let me know.