You would think going to a private Hospital, would make it easy to find a wheelchair, crutches and all these things in Dominican Republic. We were lucky to get a wheelchair from a rehabilitation place, This 1960 model wheelchair, has air in the tires. Both tires have now poppe and dreadfully impossible to fix. Global Travellers learn, nothing is ever fully developed in a developing country.
Christmas Eve 2017 Smacked Again By The Dominican Republic Culture
Have you heard of filling the tire with foam. Might try youtube search
These look like wheelbarrow tires! Can you ask Mari to try a hardware store? One with tools and ropes and all kinds of stuff hanging from the ceiling!
If you were in Mexico........there'd be a hardware store that would figure out how to fix these tires. It would become their Mission to help you out! There's got to be a place like that somewhere in the town where you are staying!
If he can, he should bring both the tire and the axle.
I'm thinking it may be easier to buy new tires......if Mari has the axle with him, someone in a hardware store could sell you new tires. If Mari has the axle, the hardware guy would be able to make a different size tire work for you.
Later! And Merry Christmas!!
Hardware store, toy store (furniture casters, stroller, wagon, bicycle training wheels), looks like the hole is too big to use automotive run flat (if they are air filled which I did not see a stem). Do you have the rehab place phone number to see where they get replacement parts from? What about the physical therapy department at the hospital?
I am in a wheelchair, and on crutches, right now I personally cannot go more than 100 feet from my room. The culture here does not answer easily any of them questions unless in person, standing in front of the person. This is the cultural smack down, we buy things, because we have no choice, and they are broken, because the culture is broken. With a culture that was developed, I would just call the Rehab and get another chair. They only had one chair, Ed nailed it, this just patience, I am hoping to find a way of fixing this tire without leaving my room. I think my best option is wet paper stuffed inside.
I was hoping there was at least one friend there there could help you out. Pretty darn simple things to do for you for someone mobile. Doesn't say much for the expat quality of Sosua.
Wet paper sounds great. Elmer's glue or flour mixed with toilet paper stuff into tire instead of water might work. If you had a piece of cloth torn in strips then soaked in the glue and then wrapped around the hub inside of the old tire could be an option also.
I had a mistake in Sosua at the end of October myself with a celing fan. Luckily I found a good Hospital in Puerto Plata. Fractured my knuckle and cut a tendon taking my shirt of below the fan. At first I went to the worst place you can go to in Sosua or Cabarete but Thank God I found Bournigal Clinic in Puerto Plata. Had a 2 hour surgery and luckily came out alive.
I agree with you. Foreigners get smacked by the DR. I lived there for a year and swore that I would never go back and I have not. There are little things like always getting hustled for money by almost all the Dominicans. Then there are the major ones like my landlord knew someone at the bank where I had my account and after I moved out she arranged for the bank to keep paying her my monthly rent.