We Plan God Laughs

4 Oct

We planned one back surgery and ended up with two! After days of severe pain and numbness, following spinal fusion, the doctor reopened the surgical site to clean out the wound and remove the spacer he had inserted five days prior.

We stayed in the hospital a few more days. Any plans of returning to Bacalar over the weekend were shot to hell. While Lisa was in surgery, I got a clear-sky hospital view of the lunar eclipse.

Forgive my goofy photo. It's what happens with no sleep and high stress.

Forgive my goofy photo. It’s what happens with no sleep and high stress.

We had so much unexpected support during our eleven days in Merida. Our Airbnb hosts visited the hospital with flowers and food. Our friends Gabriel and Monica left a family reunion to be with us in the hospital. The love was overwhelming. The owner of a little hotel we’d stayed at showed at the hospital and took me to dinner. I can’t even describe what it was like to be so cared for.

Now here’s the kicker. I’m sick. I came down with a mosquito born illness called chikengunya. The main symptom at the moment is fatigue. It’s taken me hours to write this blog. So I will post a few exterior house photos and call it quits.


Our lovely entrance. I looking for a bench.

Our lovely entrance. I’m looking for the perfect bench.

The path around the front.

The path around the front.

North side with our little stand of bamboo.

North side with our little stand of bamboo.


14 Responses to “We Plan God Laughs”

  1. Emily October 4, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    Oh man, when it rains it pours! I have a friend who got Chic-v while cruising on their sailboat in the Caribbean. She was really sick for at least a month, and full recovery took much longer. What terrible timing. On a positive note, your house looks absolutely gorgeous. I hope you will BOTH be feeling better and able to enjoy it before too long!

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    • afish25 October 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

      Thanks Emily, I am laying low for awhile to be well to travel to CA for the birth of my grandson.


  2. RetirementJunglesofTulum October 4, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    Wow your house looks incredible and love the colors so much. How awful to be sick! Sounds like a slow proces…darn oh darn get better soon!


    • afish25 October 4, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

      Oh, I’m healthy, it is most dangerous to the immune compromised,


  3. LJones October 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

    LOVE your house photos…how very lovely…so happy for you. Lisa, heal well girl and Alex, of all the bad luck…hope you feel energy soon. xo L

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    • afish25 October 4, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

      I know, God laughs and so do we.


  4. Jamie Ray October 4, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

    Hope Lisa is healing well and is getting some relief from the pain, and that you get over the virus. When in doubt, play with the dogs.
    I’m taking care of Donna and her broken ankle, and I am being extra careful to make sure that I don’t slip, trip, fall, or do anything clumsy. It is a lot of responsibility to care for a partner post surgery.

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    • afish25 October 5, 2015 at 7:45 am #

      Right and right Jaimie. I told Lisa that Luna is her therapy dog.


  5. Isa Markland October 4, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    House is looking great! So sorry about the chikengunya. We saw lots of people with it on our mission trip to Honduras and it is no laughing matter. Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 October 5, 2015 at 7:46 am #

      It’s kicking my butt Isa. NY looked like a blast.


  6. Ms Tisdale October 5, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

    Oh no! So terrible you’re both feeling unwell! Good thing you have each other and your senses of humor.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 October 6, 2015 at 7:01 am #

      We also have amazing community support. It takes a village…with a sense of humor.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. emilievardaman October 7, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    Oh, dear, chikengunya is miserable! But the good news is it eventually goes away. Hopefully you will then be immune. Also good news – your house looks great, you got fabulous support, and Lisa now has a good back.

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    • afish25 October 7, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

      You are right Emilie, chikengunya is no fun. I am feeling better. The trick is to not over do it and relapse. Just being in our home is the best therapy. Lisa does have a new back. She is getting better wi PT and rest.


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