Health

Here we are, 244 days from the start of our Inca Trail Hike, or 8 months and one day, and we have just received important news: our passes have officially been purchased in our names and registered. That means we now definitely have our passes to begin our hike on Monday August 28, 2017 and to enter the Machu Picchu site that Thursday. Now all we have to do is be ready for it. The past two months have been...

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Since several people have asked, here's a quick Inca Trail update for you. As of today (November 1, 2016), it is exactly 300 days until we start our trek. That's 9 months and 27 days of preparation left. Let's go to the numbers! We are in our 81st day of training. We passed a big threshold over the weekend, clearing the 500 mile mark on our exercise walks. As of this afternoon, we are at 514 miles and counting. We...

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People always want to know what health care is like when you choose to live overseas. So I would like to share with you my experience from last year, dealing with a problem that required surgery. First off, Rita and I have not signed up for IESS, which includes national health insurance here in Ecuador. It is very affordable, but we do not like that we could only use the designated state doctors, hospitals and clinics. We prefer a little...

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I know it is not news you expect to see someone pleased about, but I am happy to be obese. The thing is, I've entered obesity from the other end - I'm no longer "morbidly obese". As you can see from the ever-so-cute Mii in the picture above, my needle is no longer pinned up off the chart. I've dropped below 35 on the BMI scale, and have therefor officially entered that land that 70% of Americans occupy. In order to...

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It is September 15th, 2016 now. Rita and I have been working on our weight and walking ability for a month, and so far the results have been pretty encouraging. We started recording our exercise walks on August the 13th, and in the thirty-three days since then we have walked a total of 199 miles, and will break the 200 mile level when we walk after dinner tonight. Let me stress as well that these are real miles, not those FB/BS...

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If you have never been truly fat, you cannot appreciate the thrill and the power of 10's. To fully experience it, you must be at least obese - morbidly obese is even better. Let me explain. In January of 2009, shortly after my wife Carolyn died, I was in that morbidly obese category at 319 pounds. "Morbid obesity" is defined as being 100 pounds over your ideal weight (check) and having a BMI of 40 or more (double-check). There's a long...

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I promise not to bombard you with Inca Trail Updates, but I've had so many emails and comments that I wanted to get in a quick one today. Your comments have ranged from "you should be applauded" to "you should be chemically altered before you become a danger to society". We've also heard some good tips on fitness prep and gear to bring. We appreciate all of the feedback. This is Day -373, or in other words, 373 days before...

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It is interesting how sometimes the smallest of events can bring about big changes. Just a week ago, we were living our day-to-day lives, still enjoying the buzz from a wonderful trip to Quito and the Cotacachi area. We spent part of an afternoon talking to a friend who brought us some info on applying for our Ecuadorian citizenship at the end of the year, and within just two days, we suddenly find ourselves making a year-long commitment to train...

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We had a close call the other day, and we may not be completely out of the woods yet. We woke up Thursday to find my wife's 11-year old Corgi, Joey, who is usually in the bedroom before sunrise, huffing and puffing for someone to get up and feed him, lying on the floor in the dining room. He was not moving much, and at first, my wife thought he was dead. She saw he was breathing though, massaged him...

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When considering whether to live in another country, the availability and cost of quality health care is always a big consideration. My wife and I have had personal experience with this in Ecuador, and all-in-all we have been very happy with our results. It is a difficult issue to compare, because it is almost impossible to do an "apples to apples" comparison. From the very start, Ecuadorians look at health care differently. Here the goal of doctors is to keep...

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