As we prepare to go, I think it is an appropriate time to confront the elephant in the room, the number one concern of friends and family. What if Dave gets sick?
Dave has ulcerative colitis, a genetic disease that can make him seriously ill. In 2005 Dave underwent a major surgery to remove his large intestine, which is generally a cure for the disease – though a drastic and intrusive one. The surgery changed not only his life but mine as well and he is no longer a prisoner of his circumstances; however, he still experiences infections on occasion. These can be quite serious and are certainly a concern, but they are treatable and may be avoidable with great care.
Here is our thought process on the matter:
- This is one of the reasons for spending a year in the Caribbean. We will never be far from help, if need be.
- Most (if not all) infections are brought on by hard to digest foods that Dave ingests. I can control his diet when I cook on the boat and avoid all the known and suspected troublemakers. As per (1) above, we will have a year to practice diet control underway.
- We will bring a good stash of antibiotics with us and can acquire more as we travel. Most times, antibiotics will clear up the issue. Also, Dave’s surgeon has suggested a self-treatment that appears to be working wonders so far.
- Good medical care is available in many countries or, if worst comes to worst, we can fly Dave home.
We have put a lot of thought into this journey and will not be taking any unnecessary risks. We firmly believe that you only live once and we need to experience life to its fullest while we can. We may never be in better health than we are right now and we are certainly not getting any younger. We are fortunate to have this opportunity right now, so we will seize the day! Livin’ a life worth livin’!