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  • hardie karges 1:20 pm on June 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ACA, , ,   

    Thailand on the Installment Plan: Medical Tourism… 

    IMG_0546continued from previous…

    …so after six weeks and much weeping and wailing I finally passed a kidney stone the size of Boulder, Colorado, this after my urologist decided that I must have a swollen prostate gland, since six weeks had passed and I still couldn’t piss a full stream, after he had assured me that there was no stone, or at least “not one very big,” this conclusion without even looking at a screen, where one of the various CAT’s or MRI’s or X-RAY’s or ultrasound scans must surely be available for viewing—not!

    No one told me I had a barely-passable-if-I’m-lucky 10mm stone or I’d probably have nuked the mother in Mexico for $2-3K some 2-3 weeks ago! No, my big city LA urologist talked on the phone to someone somewhere supposedly looking at my scans and ended up concluding something the opposite of what the ER guy had already said, namely: that there were more stones.

    But at least there’s a semi-happy ending, and my situation improved rapidly after the monster stone passed, so I cancelled my appointment with the highly recommended Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok, but kept my flight to Thailand, albeit with some trepidation and plenty of duct tape and plaster. Did I mention that Thailand is my second home? (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 12:14 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, my goodness. I am speechless. I hope you are on the mend.


  • hardie karges 2:27 pm on June 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Thailand Redux: Medical (not Medicinal) Tourism, Caveat Emptor… 

    IMG_0507No, this is not an article about ayahuasca tourism, all the rage for spirit-seekers and jungle-trippers of all shapes and stripes, centered mostly in the Peruvian Amazon around Iquitos, but also in nearby Brazil and Colombia, in which a self-styled ayahuasquero named Carlos or Fabio or Bill or Shakti will offer you a muddy brew that will likely make you puke then blow your little mind…

    No, this is not about that. That will be another post, once I’ve had sufficient time to do proper research. This is about getting old and bald and moving parts wearing out and things that you once bragged about no longer working and the duct tape and super glue pressed to the limit, and not even talking about late-night twerking, just survival of the fattest and wearing adult diapers for the occasional wetting…

    The US health care system is a joke.  It was so painful watching ex-Speaker of the House John Boehner declare that, “America has the best health-care system in the world,” that I wonder if he really meant it, or whether he was crossing his fingers in his front pants’ pocket.  In fact the US health-care system is nowhere near the top—except in cost—and tends to languish down in the 30-to-40th rankings, if lucky a notch or two above Cuba. (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 5:11 pm on June 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, my! Sorry about that – if it’s not one thing, it’s another here with me.

    • davekingsbury 9:26 pm on June 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Ouch … get well soon, my friend … good healthcare is a human right!

      • hardie karges 10:46 pm on June 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Dave. Actually I think there will be a happy ending here in Thailand…:-)

  • hardie karges 2:50 pm on June 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chiapas, , Monterrey, , , Veracruz   

    Time Travel 1977 Mexico-USA: Brokedown Chiapas, Giggle Bordello, Busted on Burpin’ Street… 

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    March 1977


    The back road from Agua Azul to San Cristobal de las Casas through Ocosingo is nothing spectacular, but a pretty enough drive.  This is the area that will be ground zero for the emergence of EZLN (Zapatista Army of National Liberation) and ‘Sub-Comandante Marcos’ in a few short years, resulting in being ‘liberated’ by them on New Year’s Day 1994. But for now it’s a dusty backwater, as far into the outback as you can get in Mexico, deep in the jungle. Unfortunately our bus breaks down before reaching the city, so we all have to get off, and find alternate transportation.  Fortunately it breaks down not far away, so finding something else isn’t too hard.  (More …)

  • hardie karges 7:12 pm on June 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Merida, , mushrooms, Palenque, Tulum, Yucatan   

    Time-Travel 1977 Yucatan: Maya Illusion Cubensis Mezcal… 

    Continued from previous…

    March 1977


    Chetumal is the first major Mexican city coming north from Belize.  It’s a free port, so something of a shopping mecca for the region, as well as a regional crossroads.  It’s also a jumping-off point to go to the Mayan ruins of Tulum, maybe the only one built right on the coast.


    Tulum is not a major set of ruins by Classic Maya archeological standards, but it rates pretty highly by backpacker ones.  These are right on the beach, so you can watch the waves roll in from Chac Mool’s belly.  There are many campsites in the area, with license plates from the US and Canada, so I’m reminded that I’m back in that mostly-non-European nexus, which frankly I was starting to like…

    I really don’t want to do an American beach scene.  I’m heading to Palenque, the one major set of developed Mayan ruins in Mexico which lies outside the Yucatan, and which in fact pre-dates them, part of the Classic Era lowland jungle network which includes Tikal in Guatemala and Copan in Honduras.  But first Merida… (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 4:09 am on June 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I may have told you that Fran and Rick took a trip to Belize, so I am sharing this with them.


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