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10 Minutes Ago 01:00 PM
jerryrlitton
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Gary, most of us can only imagine what you and yours are going through. Yes if we were alone and worse alone on a boat it would be way worse. Get better soon buddy.

Jerry
31 Minutes Ago 12:40 PM
travlineasy
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Hi Mike, I really want to buy you that beer, but the disease I contracted almost made that impossible. I apparently contracted a very contagious virus, one that attacked my already compromised lungs. I was transported to the hospital in horrid condition, unable to breathe, my lips and fingernail beds were blue as ink, and there were times when I was in and out of consciousness. After three days in the hospital, with IV fluids, IV antibiotics, and nasal oxygen, I was able to return home, but still am very, very ill. I had to cancel three NYE parties, a NYD party, and a private party because of this horrible disease. I've never been this sick in my life, and hope I never will be this sick again. I'm weak as a kitten, my vision is blurred, and have no appetite. I've lost 12 pounds of weight in just four days and don't really have the desire to eat. That's a really bad sign for a guy that loves all foods.

Mike, the cost of some of the medications is out of sight, and the drug companies are the world's new wealth barons. One pill that I was taking cost $195 each, and none of the antibiotics I took were less than $20 per pill. Many of the injectibles were well in excess of $500 per dose. That adds up quickly. Add to this round the clock nursing staff, physicians that cannot speak English, technicians, etc..., and the cost of healthcare skyrockets. The quality is, IMO, marginal at best, but as my wife says about me, better than nothing.

I could not imagine this happening while underway to some far-off destination as a single handed sailor. At best, you would get lucky and drown. The virus is extremely debilitating, there is no way you could handle the sails, or even motor in this compromised condition. And, because it is so contagious, there is no foreign port that you could enter - you never get out of quarantine. You would just lay on the bunk and slowly wither away. I've had several close brushes with death in my 74 year lifespan, but I've never been this deathly ill.

Thanks again for thinking of me, and I hope to be back to work in the very near future,

Gary
1 Hour Ago 11:54 AM
MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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Well, I just blew the entire year's budget in three days. Three days in the upper Chesapeake Medical Center hospital - $15,000 and I'm still very sick. The antibiotics are $20 per pill. Now my wife has contracted the same virus.
So sorry to hear this news Gary. Very glad to hear you're on the mend, and dearly hope your wife is also as resilient.

I gotta say, this story reinforces my growing fear about travel through the USA. It just blows me away that one can rack up a $15,000 bill for a three-day hospital stay over an infection. No civilized society should do this to its citizens.

Get well my friend. And remember, we have a beer date for sometime in the next few years. Don't be trying to get out of it .
2 Hours Ago 10:33 AM
mbianka
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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Well, I just blew the entire year's budget in three days. Three days in the upper Chesapeake Medical Center hospital - $15,000 and I'm still very sick. The antibiotics are $20 per pill.
How many times I got to tell you Mon. Stay away from de island women. Dey no good for you.

Seriously, I hope you feel better soon. Do you think you picked up the virus in the Chesapeake area? We are heading to the Caribbean soon and my gal is freaked about the Chikungunya virus which is increasing in the region. It is expected to show up here in the states at some point. She talked to her doctor about it in Washington DC. Turns out her Dr. already had three patients who have come down with it.
12 Hours Ago 12:51 AM
DHusk
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Very sorry to hear that, Gary. Get well soon and take good care of your wife. Hope the new year brings good health.
12 Hours Ago 12:25 AM
travlineasy
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Well, I just blew the entire year's budget in three days. Three days in the upper Chesapeake Medical Center hospital - $15,000 and I'm still very sick. The antibiotics are $20 per pill. Now my wife has contracted the same virus.

Stay healthy my friends,

Gary
4 Days Ago 06:41 PM
christian.hess
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

well Merry Christmas guys!!!

just a quick poke in here...
5 Days Ago 10:36 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Hi John, welcome to this frugal cruising discussion. There's lots of practical experience and wisdom in these many, many pages, but one of the underlying themes is that none of us are getting any younger. Time is the one thing one can never get back. I see this ongoing discussion as a search for the sweet spot between wealth, security, comfort, freedom, adventure and mortality.

It's great to have you with us.
5 Days Ago 08:51 PM
mbianka
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Just heard from a recently retired co-worker who finally got to start living his "dream". He finally got underway in mid November traveling down the ICW. About a two weeks ago he headed out into the Atlantic for a hop down to Miami before crossing over to the Bahamas for the winter. At 3AM while 10 miles off the coast south of Melbourne Beach they lost the prop. Had to get towed in and tied up at a marina. He's still there but, got a new prop and is waiting for a weather window. If his budget was just $500 a month he just through blew through about two months worth in two weeks. Lesson is you should always expect the unexpected and budget accordingly.
5 Days Ago 08:44 PM
travlineasy
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

John, gettin' old ain't fer wimps and sissies - and it ain't near as much fun as some folks said it would be. I'm probably not the oldest guy on this forum, but at 74 I feel like I can make a few more trips down the Atlantic coast to the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. The body parts need some tweaking and tuning, which they will get during the next three months, then it's back behind the helm for me.

Good luck,

Gary
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