I know how trite it is to post the traditional “I’m thankful for…” post on Thanksgiving, but sometimes, trite is good. Today I am so very thankful for my health. The other day I was running errands with Daryl – I went for Daryl’s final drive for Driver Ed, then stopped at Lowe’s, then a […]
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A few weeks ago I received an email from Dave and Judith, briefly recounting their son’s experience with what appeared to be a minor bicycle accident but turned out to be a bigger deal. I was stunned; for many years I thought we were alone in what happened to Davy. When our sons were 7, […]
One of the unintentional running themes in my blog has ended up being health care. In Albuquerque, John and Daryl were hit by a car. John refused to go to the hospital for treatment because of the cost. In Nicaragua, John sprained his thumb and needed to get it x-rayed to see if it was […]
It was only 30 months ago that we finished our journey. 30 months ago I was healthy and strong. 30 months ago, I could ride my heavily-laden bicycle long distances against horrific winds. And yet now, I can’t. Last week, I posted an article here on my blog about my health struggles. It didn’t take […]
(Edited to add: I’ve had quite a few people ask me for a more detailed description of signs and symptoms. I’ve written that here.) I’ve been unwell. For a long time. There – I said it. ((whew!)) I haven’t mentioned this in my blog because… well, I’m not sure why. My life has always been […]
Failing health is everyone’s number one concern – as well it should be. Without our health, we are nothing. We can’t work, we can’t play. We’re stuck in bed and can only dream of getting out and about. For us as we rode our bikes around the world, maintaining our health was our top priority. […]
Getting sick is a biggie for travelers. What do you do when you are sick? Or get in an accident? What if you are far from home and need help? There really is no stock answer to that question – it all depends on the individual situation and we can’t predict what the situation will […]
It seems that there’s a lot of talk out there these days about the dangers of women traveling solo. “Don’t do it!” many warn. “It’s fine!” others counter. Many of my blogging friends have written articles with tips for staying safe, or the benefits of traveling solo, but I want to approach this from a […]
I’ve got my share of sunburn stories, but they all pale in comparison to today’s guest post writer. Clare learned some very important lessons on that fateful journey to Morocco. When you’re about to go travelling, do you have a checklist that you live by? A list of items to pack, a series of sights […]
“I don’t know how I’m going to manage this one,” I told John. “I really don’t.” “We’ll help,” John said. “Don’t worry, it’ll happen.” I knew that was easier said than done. We were sitting in a taxi in the Hanoi airport parking lot, looking at the terminal way far off in the distance – […]
Are rumors of horrible medical care abroad holding you back from heading out as a family and roadschooling your children? Take heart – most of those rumors are unfounded. A while ago I read 5 Myths About Health Care Around the World by T. R. Reid and started thinking about our experiences with health care in […]
I was riding a bus in Ecuador many years ago when the woman sitting next to me quietly pulled out some kind of pen, fiddled with it a little bit, then pulled up the hem of her skirt a few inches and gave herself a shot. “Insulin,” she said. “I’m diabetic and need to give […]
“What should I do about travel insurance?” That’s a question we get asked on a fairly regular basis and, frankly, I have a hard time answering. It’s because… well, what is travel insurance? Some people are looking for medical insurance while traveling abroad, others are looking to insure their belongings in case of theft, and […]
My husband’s sick. It’s Sunday evening and clinics are closed and we should probably head out to the ER, but we’re still at home because we’re living in the United States of America and we don’t have health insurance. We’re having to make decisions based on knowledge we don’t have. Can we afford to wait? […]
“I’m so alone,” I sobbed into the phone. “I’m so totally alone. I’ve never been this alone before.” Tears streamed down my cheeks and my shoulders heaved as I tried telling my mother, thousands of miles away, what was going on. I was alone. More alone than I ever thought possible. I tried telling myself […]
Seeing as how this topic is bound to come up again in this blog – and maybe end up becoming a major theme (although I hope not) – I figured I’d start it now… We’re looking for health insurance. In the USA. And it’s not looking great. Before we left for our adventures we were […]
What are we doing now?
Nancy is an artist and metalsmith making wearable art from recycled metal and antique components.
John is busy either hiking or planning his next long-distance hike.
Davy is studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Boise State University.
Daryl is studying Computer Science and Software Engineering at University of Texas Dallas.