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“The time has come,” the Walrus said,”To talk of many things:”-the Walrus and the Carpenter

How do you feel about donating some blood?

Thank you all! It took 8 tries but Duke got his 3 units of blood donated in his name. I am so grateful to everyone. Are you under 65? Not taking any medication? Healthy? Want a free blood analysis? Weigh more than 52 kilos soaking wet? The guidelines say 50 but they refused one of my donors because she didn’t weigh 52 with clothes on. Duke needs to pay back 2 units of blood that he received, plus the one he owes for being in the hospital for so long. It doesn’t matter the blood type, he just has to pay back the units. So far, out of 5 generous people who have attempted to give blood, only one was qualified. One was too thin, and the other three are now aware of some health issues. The last time I posted this I got a lot of responses, but unfortunately they were from people who could not donate. Blood Bank ...

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Duke update 2 or is it 3?

Duke’s been in the hospital now for about 5 weeks. Right now he is battling a throat infection. The original double pneumonia is gone. The hospital pneumonia that he picked up to take it’s place has also been vanquished. The other infections seem to be gone too. Yesterday and last night, he was producing an unimaginable amount of phlegm. Today it seems to be less. This morning, I woke up thinking, “I want to talk to Duke about that,” and then realized that I couldn’t. I started to cry and cry. One of my dear friends accepted my phone call, and we talked and talked until I felt under control again. However, this has made me realize that I can’t continue to spend as much time at the hospital as I have been doing. My Spanish speaking friends, both new and old, have been relieving me so I can spend a few hours at home, but I think that what ...

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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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No posts for a while

My husband has double pneumonia and has been in the hospital since Wednesday night (the 23rd of September) and is now in the ICU. He is very very ill. They intubated him last night, he is sedated. I’m not at my best,so no posts for a bit.

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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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