Giving Back in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Observations from a resident living in SMA

Hey Akaisha and Billy,

Happy December in the tropics. Were headed to Zihua soon for some warm weather and beach. It gets nippy at 6500 ft in the winter. We also like Caleta de Campos, a true cartel town that you turned us on to where we now have friends.

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I always appreciate how you inspire and give folks the tools for a more satisfying life. You certainly did us. Now, seven years after retiring at 58, we haven’t touched our investments and are able to save money from our Social Security. We’re living better than we ever could in the US or Canada and loving the weather and our volunteer work.

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You guys didn’t talk much about San Miguel de Allende Mexico even when you spent more time in MX. There’s an estimated 18,000 expats here in the high season and nearly 8,000 year round. Also low (visible) cartel action. But we still found a super-cheap apartment in 2013 which we remodeled and leased long-term. There is affordable housing in SMA still. I know folks who pay less than  $300usd/mo for reasonable housing in good neighborhoods tho $4-500usd is more common. Also SMA is a compact walking town so no need for a car (not to mention $2usd taxis or 25c busses).

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But besides world-class art, music and culture, there are over 100 non-profits doing incredible things for the less-affluent here in the 4th poorest state in Mexico. Which makes Mexicans see us as something other than a cash machine. Literally thousands of volunteers from both cultures make it all work.

Our local Rotary club recognize a SMA “Citizen of the Year” every year. These average people are doing extraordinary things and loving their meaningful lives. Many of them with no savings and $700/mo Social Security checks. Others are Mexicans making $100usd/wk and still others are generous 1%-ers. Check: www.nonprofitsma.net

Being around a community that values helping others so much is what has made ex-pat life so good for me. Thanks for your example.

Your old high school buddy,

Tom S.

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Understanding Your Health Insurance: 15 Definitions to Know

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Thank God for Humor: Garret’s Prostate Removal Surgery

In the summer of 2016, Garret Mathews (see his legacy website) learned that his PSA (an enzyme produced by the prostate) was dangerously high. The best course of action, the family concluded, was a radical prostatectomy to remove the organ as well as surrounding lymph nodes. This was done in the (very) early morning hours of Nov. 1 at a hospital in Carmel, California. The 67-year-old Mathews penned this essay during the recovery period.

Garet MathewsThe idea hit: Hundreds (thousands?) of men around my age visit the several on-line sites I’ve written for since retirement. No doubt, many are staring at surgeries similar to the one I underwent. Perhaps, I reasoned, some might appreciate a bit of counsel from one who is still oozing from the procedure.

So here goes.

You should allow as much time as possible between diagnosis and surgery. This is in case you are not married. Post-operation, you will smell like the toilet at the bus station. It is imperative that you find a partner willing to have, to hold and to change your catheter bag.

The first time you go out to a restaurant you will eschew the smaller leg container in favor of the full-sized urinary catheter. You will think you have fashioned a purse-like sack that will hide the offending two-foot tube. A woman at the next table will notice and start to gag. You will duck out before the waiter arrives. Lesson learned. Attach the leg bag.

Let’s talk pain. You will experience bladder spasms. It will feel like someone – or something – has issued the order to squeeze to kill. If you even think about doing 3 percent of a sit-up, your lower abdomen will seize up and surrender to the other side.

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Let’s talk discomfort. The surgeon will install a drainage tube in your side. It looks like a plastic grenade, dangles by the side of your leg and is designed to fill up with vile-looking yellow and red matter that otherwise would have its way with your body. My Ooze-O-Meter, as I call it, often collected as many as 450 milliliters (way too much) over a 24-hour period. As you can imagine, the area was very tender and swollen. It’s better now, but if someone touches it, understand in very certain terms, I will take you out.

You will brag. A man watched me walk up and down some hills at a park not far from where we live. “Bravo, sir. You are truly a credit for a fellow your age,” he gushed. “Thanks, mister,” I replied, “but imagine my heightened performance WHEN I RECOVER FROM HAVING A BROWN SPACE WHERE MY PROSTATE USED TO BE.”

Your urologist will say you can’t drive for at least a week following the cut job. This is bogus. I was southbound and down on Day 5. Your urologist will say you shouldn’t approach your previous aerobic regimen for at least two weeks. Bull. I walked my usual four miles – albeit, in increments – on Day 6.

Like me, you can run five miles in under 48 minutes. Like me, you can do 75 push-ups and 75 squat thrusts in less than 20 minutes. Like me, you are scared to death you will fall off the fitness bus during this prostate thing and morph into the fat man on the TLC channel who can’t get out of his bedroom.

Your urologist will say you can’t go to the gym for a month. You will think, hey, this fool was wrong about driving and walking. What’s the harm of doing 15 minutes worth of light bending and stretching to make sure I stay off TLC?

Plenty. Your Ooze-O-Meter will spike. You will be dizzy. When you return to your car, you will not so much climb in the front seat as fall in.

I’ll take your questions.

Will my catheter leak? Yes. See earlier reference to toilet at bus station.

As we speak, are your sheets soiled? I don’t want to talk about it.

Will my stomach make strange noises? Yes. You will sound like a caldron.

How many days did you have to wear the catheter and the Ooze-O-Meter? Twenty. We are becoming old friends.

How have you adjusted to wearing Depends? The only way possible. I get to experience being 88 years old without actually being 88.

How many times a day do you tell your willing wife that you love her? I try not to get below a dozen, 15 if she’s having trouble with the catheter.

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Turmeric Benefits for Lungs

Maggie Martin is currently completing her Ph.D. in Cell Biology. When she is not busy at the university, she takes interest in a variety of things such as lifestyle, food, health, herbal medicine, and the benefits of turmeric. Follow her on Twitter @Maggiemartink

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Fibrotic lungs are a serious problem to date with the most recent modes of treatments eluding the satisfaction of patients. Processes like cyclophosphamide chemotherapy for the treatments of scleroderma will cause more problems leading to increased lung fibrosis. The treatments have a mortality rate of 50% making it a risky affair. Other treatments of the lungs include using immunosuppressant corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory remedies. The benefits are minimal which is still disappointing for most people.

Tumeric is one of the safest ways to deal with lung fibrosis not only for the reason that it is a natural herb but also because it is readily available. This makes it very cheap compared to all the methods of treatment mentioned above.

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Turmeric contains curcumin which is a potent ingredient that acts to reduce inflammation and swellings in the body cells. The compound does not interfere with antibacterial treatments which make it safer than most.

Turmeric enhances treatments

Some scientists believe that the benefit of turmeric along with some of these treatments makes them safer. It has also been discovered that the ingredient makes the methods more efficient. Curcumin acts by suppressing inflammatory proteins and neutralizing free radicals thereby boosting antioxidant levels in the body. The bio-agent also prevents any further damage to the cells while replacing those that are already damaged.

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Other respiratory issues

The herb also goes a long way to deal with more respiratory issues including asthma, pneumonia and acute bronchitis as well as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder. Turmeric also relieves parquet lung, heart arrhythmia and pleurisy.

Lung fibrosis happens when lungs develop more immune cells than is necessary. It is a standard procedure that could go wrong if the protein cells overgrow or swell. This can cause a series of issues in the respiratory system that may at times take the time to detect.

How to use turmeric

Using turmeric in meals all the time is one of the best ways to ensure that you are safe from diseases involving the liver, lungs and the heart. There are many forms in which turmeric can be used; which also makes it one of the most versatile treatment options. This includes using it in its raw form without mixing anything with it.

It is recommended that one sees a doctor for more advice on the use of turmeric as a treatment option. There are side effects of using turmeric in high dosages including nausea and diarrhea.

For more information on uses of tumeric, see Tumeric: The Definitive Guide.

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The Best Places to Travel to When You Retire

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Picking the Right Law Firm for Your Personal Injury Suit

Stephen Monroe works on a freelance basis for law magazine. He has been writing for the last 15 years. He is a great fan of football matches. To learn more about the best lawyers and their law firm, visit this blog here.

Having the right law firm behind you as you face a personal injury case makes the difference with the results that you get. It is not just about the results only, but you should feel confident that your case is in good hands at all stages of the process. For this reason, it pays to be careful in your selection of a law firm to handle your case. The best law firm will have some attributes that you should look out for.

Choosing a legal firm means considering its abilities as a whole and not just on the part of the lawyer taking your case. The lawyer cannot work if he lacks the support of a good law firm. The firm, even a small one, should have the resources necessary to handle your needs. This is the only way you can enjoy the services, as you will not be worried about the finances necessary to see your case through.

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These attributes will help you know that you are in the right place. Some of the things that you should look for include:

  • Experience

The experience that the law firm carries should be relevant to your situation. Most lawyers focus on one aspect of law, which makes them best placed to handle cases in that one branch. Looking for a law firm that specializes in your type of circumstances will see you getting the best outcome. The lawyer will have in depth knowledge of the law covering your case and most importantly, will know how to apply it to your situation best. This means that your case will not be a trial and error experiment for the firm handling it. You will be confident in how the process will take place as the firm has already applied it to many other similar cases prior to yours.

  • Commitment

You should go for a firm that shows commitment to your case. You will know how committed the firm is by how it will handle it from the onset. You should look for red flags, such as not getting the answers you seek. When you do not feel comfortable having the firm handle your case, then you should look for a different firm. The lawyer should make you feel that your case is important and that it is receiving the necessary attention. You can gauge the firm through its reputation. Find reviews from other clients and you will know what to expect from the services the firm will give you.

  • Personal service

Go for a firm that offers a personalized approach to its clients’ cases. This way, the firm will not treat you just as another case going through its doors. You will find lawyers that have grown their law firm into a client-oriented outfit. They will put the needs of the clients first and are therefore more responsive to them. You will feel more at home because you are not just another statistic to the firm and they truly have your interest at heart.

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Reasons why you should engage legal services after a motorcycle accident

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Home Repair Tips for Effective Maintenance

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Hooked on Adventure

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Looking for the best care to give to your elderly loved one?

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