Author Archives: expat2012

Back online

Okay, I’m back online again, and I’ll be writing about my life experience of an almost 80 year old. Are you ready? I am.

Doing well after surgery

It’s been three weeks since my first total knee replacement surgery and I’m doing well above expectations. Dr. Alexander Sah is a rock star doctor, using the latest in pain management and quick techniques for getting people up and walking soon.

I walked just a few hours after the knee surgery and went home the day after.

My cousin spent three nights with me and then a friend and my sons looked after me. I’m doing exceptionally well in physical therapy, and look forward to having surgery on the other knee inAugust.



Offending? Getting on with life

It seems I must have offended someone from my high school class of many decades ago. I’m not sure what it is, but I never receive a reply to my inquiries.

So, I’ve written an apology. What else it there to do?

Anyway I’m getting on with the important things in my life. This coming Wednesday, June 2nd is the date for my knee replacement surgery. I’m looking forward to the results. I’m especially looking forward to having no leg pain.

Why? Because I have places to go and thins to do.


Getting ready for surgery in nine days


I got the shorts and large T-shirt required for the walking after surgery in the hospital. I have the meds for pain when I return home. All the folks are lined up to help me for the first week.

I was asked to have a coach show up with me for the class this week, and also early in the day before I  go home. Also, someone was asked to wait in the hospital for the results of my surgery.

I have done neither of these. I cannot ask anyone to spend so much time, when I’m certain to be able to do all that is required of me when I’m in the hospital.

The results of my surgery will be given by called in to my son, and  he can take it from there.

I’m eager to get on with the operation, the recuperation, and the other knee as soon as possible.

I have my helpers lined up for post surgery

It’s important after knee replacement surgery to have folks help around the house and to help you get around safely.

I’ve been lining up my helpers.

My cousin will pick me up from the hospital and stay with me for a few days.

My son is taking me to the hospital on the day of surgery.

Another two sons are coming, one overnight, and both will help me around the house, and cook for me.

I’m going to get used to being spoiled.

Getting my knee replaced

Dr. Sah at Dearborn-Sah Center for Joint Replacement has prepared me to get a better knee. On June 2, I’ll have one knee made new again, and six weeks later the other one.

I took in a class today where the organized staff gave me all the information I’ll new for pre-op and post-op. I haven’t been this ready for a new adventure in a few years. I’m looking forward to be free of pain, and ability to walk better. There are places to go and things to do.



Unexpected Encounters

My book, Unexpected Encounters, chronicles my adventure into 19 countries, including the Arctic Circle and the Sahara desert.

Some folks seem to think, at the age of 74, it was a big, brave, challenge for me. I, on the other hand, didn’t think my age had anything to do with the year long journey.

I’m just an adventurous person, but I did find toting suitcases, computer, camera and bags a challenge for my weakened muscles, earned from sitting in front of a computer for many years as a reporter.

But, if I can do it, you can do it, no matter the age.

My book is getting edited

The book that chronicles my yearlong journey is getting edited by an exceptional person. She is detail oriented and I’m happy to hear it’s going well.

She thinks it will be a best seller. I sure hope so.

A bread head

A bread head in Turkey

Hosteling mixed blessings

You can save some money while traveling, by staying in a hostel.

However, there’s a range of quality from a D minus to an A. While on my one year journey, there were some hostels catering to people younger than myself. That created some problems, when I went to sleep around 10 – 11 p.m. and they’d stager into the room around 3 a.m. and they were not silent.

Noise, limited showers for the number of people using them, no choice as to who you room with, bad lighting and non-caring folks at the reception area, were norms for the D minus hostels.

But there were good hostels too. Those were run by folks who catered to the guests’ comfort.

So, unless you do your homework ahead of your stay, be prepared for whatever you find. It may be a D or somewhat in-between the worst and the best. Good luck.

Traveling to Cuba

It’s easy to travel to Cuba today, since President Barack Obama changed a long held policy that limited the U.S. citizens to visit the island.

I did when living in Costa Rica, and loved the week I spent there.

I rented a hotel room, that was a converted house across the road from the ocean.

The home was once a prestigious house, with marble steps, filled with expensive furniture. I paid $25 a night.

If you want to see Cuba, you should do it before it changes and becomes a tourist trap.