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Duke is awake!

Yesterday, the doctors performed a tracheostomy on Duke. As you already know, I was preparing myself for the worst. Joanna, Beth, and I went to the funeral home and looked into the procedure to have him cremated, plus we wanted to make sure that I had the proper paperwork on hand. Things are looking different today, he woke up, he is responsive, he can’t talk or squeeze my hand, but he can blink and shrug! There is no way to discribe my mood, I am still well aware that he is in critical condition but he is awake! I didn’t think he would ever wake up and be responsive ever again. Let me digress a minute from Duke to tell you about the incrediable outpouring of love and support we have been getting. It is truly humbling, they say that you get back what you put out but I assure you I could not possibly have put out what I am ...

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Duke is not getting better. he partially opened his eyes, but he doesn’t react to anything. They did a CAT scan and it came out okay, but it’s probably lack of oxygen or too much CO2. I have no words, all I can do is sit by his side and tell  him I love him. I went yesterday to talk to the Funeral Home, so that is all handled. I don’t have internet at the O’Horan, so I am out of contact with many people. This all I can stand to write. This is one of my favorite photos of Duke, we were in Campeche.

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Update on Husband

First thank you all for your good wishes and prayers. Usually I answer each and every comment but I beg your indulgence, please consider this post as my letter to all of you. Duke, my husband, is in ICU at Clinica de Merida. He’s been there since the evening of September 30th. He is sedated and intubated. Hindsight is a killer, isn’t it? I am trying very hard to be present, and not regret any of my decisions along the way. Just like in my parenting, I know that I have done the best I can with the information that I had at the time. Duke (and yes, that is his real name) is a private person, very introverted and quiet.Which is why I always refer to him as Husband on my blog. For the last couple of months he has been tired and irritable. Looking back, I now realize that he was probably not getting enough oxygen. My best ...

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Mr.Dog 2.0

Mr. Dog was his alias, though to be honest, I would call him that when I wanted to sound stern. It’s been over two years since he passed away. Husband says no other dog will be able to take his place. That’s true, but I really missed having a dog around the house. So many things kept us from getting a new dog.  It was too soon, we wanted to travel, I was sick, we wanted to sell the house. Well, it’s been 2 years 2 months since Pepper died, that’s a long enough mourning period. Sometimes I think that I see him in the corner still. While thinking of him being gone still makes me feel sad, I feel it’s time to move on. We haven’t done any travel, mostly due to the high cost of herceptin treatment. I’m as well as I’m going to get, though I could stand to shed a few more pounds. And finally, neither of ...

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My adventures with Seguro Popular Part 1

I have been reading Shannon from Rat Race Refugee  and her experiences with Seguro Popular.  Seguro Popular is the Mexican Health insurance for people who don’t have other insurance. Any legal resident of Mexico is eligible to apply. For more information about the program you can go to their website. It’s interesting to me that our experiences with Seguro Popular are so different. I wonder if it’s a combination of where we live, our last names, and our appearances. Dark haired, black eyed, I have standard Mediterranean looks, she’s blonde and fair skinned. I have a very common Spanish surname Díaz, I have no idea what her last name is but I’m willing to bet it isn’t a Spanish one. She lives in San Miguel de Allende, a beautiful city, but has to go to Querétaro for treatment, while Mérida is the medical hub for the Yucatán peninsula. It’s hubris but I’m pretty sure my Spanish is better, if nothing ...

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Debi and Tom are heading back NOB, several of our friends and acquaintances have done the same over the years. Others are in the process of moving away. Why does it seem especially poignant when someone repatriates (returns to their home country)? In our fluid society, people move all the time. The average American moves 12 times in their life, according to the U.S. Census Bureau- I’ve used up someone else’s moves because I’ve moved too many times to count (I’ve lived in 5 states and 3 countries)- just in California, I’ve moved over 12 times! Every move had a reason behind it, fire, flood, marriage, divorce, buying a house, selling a house, and because the people I lived with moved. South of Zero, a blog about moving to Ecuador, wrote Why Are So Many Expats Leaving Ecuador? which pretty much covers the reasons people give. What no one seems to talk about is that sometimes people just like to move ...

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INAPAM and CITUR- turning 60 in Mexico is a good thing.

What do these three things have in common? Disneyland, Arroyo High School, Me. 2015 is our 60th birthday year! Yup, I am now a senior citizen, turning 60 in Mexico is a good thing. It means you can get an INAPAM card and a CITUR pass. INAPAM stands for Instituto National de las Personas Adultos Mayores – the program covers a lot of cool stuff. With my INAPAM card, I also qualified for a CITUR pass; sorry, I don’t know what the letters actually stand for, or if it’s just a cute way to spell city tour. CITUR entitles you to a reduced fare on some city buses, but not all. The ones with A/C are usually exempt. This is a significant savings if you are a regular bus rider, like me. The lower fare has me chosing a different bus line, I used to take the bus with a/c if given a choice. Normally, I am not given to social commentary but ...

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10 things I have learned from being an ex-pat

10 things I have learned from being an ex-pat seemed like an easy topic. We’re starting our second decade of living in Merida.  I thought that this list would just write itself but it’s getting harder and harder to point out the extraordinary things to you because quite frankly, it’s all normal. 10 things that I have learned from being an ex-pat I have food issues. While I willing eat goat, sheep, tongue, liver, and in theory- grasshoppers, it bothers me that the deli-lady cuts our bacon in the wrong direction. I’m rude. Not by American standards, but by Mexican standards. I sometimes will walk around the block so I don’t have to stop and chat about the weather with our neighbor who sits in front of his doorway. I often forget to kiss and say hello to everyone in the room when I enter. Ditto for when I exit. I’m not sure what American cuisine is. Mexicans will ask ...

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Day of the Dead Merida style

Last night was Halloween, we went to the Day of the Dead celebration. Tonight, on the Day of the Dead, I’m going to a Halloween carnival.  In Mexico, you just have to go with the flow. The city closes several streets for Hanal Pixan, the Mayan version of the Day of the Dead celebration.We showed up at 6pm, which was nice. No big crowds, the stage was bare and most of the chairs were empty. By 6:30, half an hour after the official start time, we decided not to hang around any more waiting for the Botanical garden to open or the music to start. Time is a variable thing in Mexico after all.   Our group wandered south Calle 66 towards the cemetery, admiring altars, declining offers to purchase  tamales, mini-pibes, or Day of the Dead bread.  The smell of copal hanging heavy in the air, making my nose sting. Later I realized it was the underlying scent of ...

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