Meet the Humans of the Keys

Meet the Humans of the Keys

Friday, August 5, 2016

Gary Mitchell, Key Largo


I was born in Key West.  I’m a conch!  I’m 63 years old and I’ve been a captain for 40 years.  They call me Captain Mitch.  I work as a fishing guide; I own Reel Chaos Charters.  But then the economy took a dump, and then there was the oil spill…times have been tough.  The charter business is down. Some months, I’m lucky to get 2 or 3 charters the whole month.

My wife and I have both been going to the Good Health Clinic in Tavernier for our medical care for 3 years.  We love the staff there.  I don’t know what we would have done without them.  We don’t have health insurance.  It’s a real shame that anybody should have to choose not to get medical care because of financial problems.  We are so thankful for the Good Health Clinic.

I had double cataract surgery there.  I was legally blind in one eye and half blind in the other.  Now I have 20/20 vision in one eye and 20/25 in the other!  I would call that success!  And I also had problems with my knee.  It was so bad I had to stop doing charters for a while.  They did a scope and it’s like new!  I was back to work 10 days after the procedure.

I can’t say enough about the Good Health Clinic.  Karen takes great care of us, as do the doctors and all of the staff; they have become like family.  We are lucky to have them.

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