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“Cuando Vaya Al Cobre, Quiero Que Me Traiga Una Virgencita De La Caridad”

Vamos al Cobre el día 8 de septiembre

Santiago de Cuba

Cuando salimos a las 12:30PM de Carretera del Morro en Santiago de Cuba, llegamos a la Basílica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre a la 1:10PM de la tarde en el carro viejo y destartalado del chofer Lescay.

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Este plan de excursión al Santuario Nacional de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre fue organizado por Pedro Rafael Zayas Guerrero, peregrino y espiritú de fe y devoción a la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre.

El Tío Pedro es el esposo de mi Tía Xiomara Fong Ramos la cual es la hermana menor de mi madre. Pedro y Xiomara se casaron el 21 de octubre de 1969—hace 47 años que ellos tienen de matrimonio juntos. Ellos solo tienen un hijo que se llama Pedrito Zayas Fong, de 46 años de edad que nació el 23 de diciembre de 1970. La esposa de Pedrito se llama Xiomara Rojas Hernández oriunda la ciudad de Caonao en Cienfuegos con quien tiene dos hijos, Eliannie Zayas Rojas la cual estudia becada para ser médico y Rafael Alejandro Zayas Rojas, ambos de edad escolar. Ellos siempre van al Cobre juntos en familia cuando visitan a la ciudad histórica, heroíca y hospitalaria de Santiago de Cuba.

Figure 1 Chofer Lescay con carro checoslovako Lada en Santiago de Cuba para ir al Santuario Nacional de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre el sábado, el 16 de abril 2016.

El chofer particular Lescay se retrasó por llegar en su carro de marca checoslovaka Lada de color vino. No llegó a las diez de la mañana, como había acordado con el Tío Pedro Zayas Guerrero para una excursión al Cobre para visitar el Santuario Nacional de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, el domingo, 16 de abril 2016 para la misa de las 10AM. Tampoco llegamos a presenciar ni a participar en la Misa del Domingo temprano por la mañana porque el chofer Lescay llegó tarde, media hora pasada despúes del mediodía—no fuimos a la misa dominical como habíamos planeado por devoción a la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre.

Chofer particular Lescay añade el agua para el mantenimiento de su carro Lada de marca checoslovaka en Santiago de Cuba.

Entrada al estacionamiento del Santuario Nacional de la Caridad del Cobre.Santiago de Cuba

Pedro Rafael Zayas Guerrero en la escalinata del Santuario Nacional del Cobre

Altar de la Basílica Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre, Santiago de Cuba

Santuario Nacional de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, Santiago de Cuba

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On my first day arrival to Santiago de Cuba, on Friday, April 1st, 2016, my Aunt Xiomara Fong Ramos took me for a walk around her neighborhood along Calle 3 and Calle 2, near La Trocha and Carretera del Morro. We ended up walking to her physician’s home apartment above the local Medical Clinic No.1 managed by Dr. Luis Peinado, M.D. My Aunt Xiomara introduced me to her physician friend and his wife who was washing the laundry and hanging clothes to dry on the terrace.

Afterwards, we went to have Lunch at her home, where her husband, Uncle Pedro Zayas Guerrero made a typical Cuban welcome meal with the traditional Cuban Roast Pork, Lechón Asado, Rice and Black Beans, served with a Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Onions Salad. During three (3) consecutive days, we had the same type of Cuban food fare which included black beans stew. In addition, there were cartons of lemonade and cranberry juice, fresh fruit, preserves, etc. The Cuban black beans stew caused me to have an indigestion by Sunday evening, on the third day. The black beans are hard and tough to digest along with the abundant luncheon and the following substantial dinner for four (4) consecutive days in Santiago de Cuba, prepared by my Uncle Pedro for the our welcoming meals at their home. Around midnight on Sunday, my stomach could not hold nor digest all the Cuban meals at once, so I began to throw up in the bathroom sink everything I had consumed and could not digest properly with the black beans. Then, I felt the diarrhea coming and off to the toilet I went afterwards, after midnight and during the early morning hours. I was in the twilight zone in Santiago de Cuba. On the fourth day, Uncle Pedro and Aunt Xiomara began to complain that they had too much to do at home with so many people coming over to visit them. So, Uncle Pedro hired a Cuban black cook named Melania to cook for our family during our 29-day stay in Santiago de Cuba. I told Melania that the black beans stew did not agree with my stomach overnight and after midnight, which caused vomit, diarrhea, and complete discomfort during the twilight early morning hours in Santiago de Cuba. Melania changed the Cuban menu completely and removed the black beans stew.

Twelve (12) days later, my Aunt Xiomara received a medical house call at home from Public Health Dr. Dairelis Sotolongo Romero, M.D. who arrived with the registered nurse to take my temperature at 36.3 Centigrade and blood pressure at 110/70 for the day.

In Santiago de Cuba, there is a mandatory 21 days medical check-up daily for travellers, visitors, tourists, and foreigners to take their temperature and blood pressure, while spot checking their overall health and well-being.

For the following consecutive days, we walked to the Medical Clinic Consultorio No.1, Policlínico 28 de septiembre, on Calle 2, to visit Dr. Dairelis Sotolongo Romero, M.D. to take our temperatures and blood pressure on a daily basis, according to the Public Health Department Standards in Santiago de Cuba. My regular body temperature is 36.5 Centigrades and my blood pressure is 120/70.

On the April 21, 2016, Dr. Dairelis Sotolongo Romero, M.D. brought another medical assistant, Dr. Fermín Alfonso Hibonet who took my temperature with the thermometer reading 36.5 Centigrades and my blood pressure reading at 130/80. Then Dr. Fermín dropped the thermometer on the floor by accident. This momentary slip of the thermometer to the ground broke the glass thermometer into pieces, scattering the quick silver oxide all over the floor, under the rocking chairs, the table, everywhere. That was the only thermometre they had brought with them on the last day of the medical check up for me as a traveller, visiting tourist, foreigner for our Cuban family reunion during April 2016.

Dr. Dairelis Sotolongo Romero, M.D. told me that I only had to have written medical check-ups for 21 days mandatory requirement for travellers, visitors, tourists, and foreigners in Santiago de Cuba upon request by Public Health. I signed the medical reports beginning on April 12 through April 21, 2016 in Santiago de Cuba for the Medical Clinic Consultorio No.1 of the Policlínico 28 de septiembre on Calle 2 and La Trocha.

For All Travellers, Tourists, and Foreigners in Cuba, There Is A Daily Medical Check-Up For 21 Days Mandatory Requirement By Public Health In Santiago de Cuba.

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