It’s nonsense for Dave & I to imagine we’re making solid plans. We do scheme and plan….but then the wind blows and in the blink of an eye off we go in an entirely different direction. This way of living isn’t for everyone. I know why. It can be stressful. In general, I think most humans don’t like uncertainty and change. My observation is they try to avoid these. People settle into consistency.
For better or worse….this has never been the case for me. My life has had a restless quality. Dave’s life also has been one of many different chapters. Never settled.
In this post I shared that we’d listed our property in Texas for sale. It was listed for a month. During this time there wasn’t a single showing. There are probably several factors working against selling our property. Other landowners in our area have allowed the landscape to be altered in a way I fear has made it less desirable. I’m won’t go into those details now.
At any rate, we decided to remove the property from the market. On one hand, I want to sell our place. On the other….well, it’s a complex issue. To buy another property elsewhere in the USA we need the funds from a sale. However, it might not be possible for us to live in the USA due to medical tyranny. The government overreach just seems to be getting worse by the day. (More on that in a minute). We don’t need to sell in order to live our life somewhere else (minus the buying a different property). So, for the time being, we’ve decided to keep the TX place. Maybe its purpose in our story is to be our refuge of “last resort”. The world seems more uncertain by the day, does it not?
Now about tyranny.
We have a serious predicament. The powers that be are obstructing Dave’s ability to pursue a reasonable degree of peace & well-being. The government has become wildly authoritarian and the medical industry has forsaken its obligation to do no harm. I have lost my respect for both these institutions. They are acting like my enemy.
Dave has chronic pain due to a spinal cord injury he suffered in 1999. It is incurable. It has and will continue to get worse as time goes by. The policies in the USA have made it practically impossible for him to get the treatment he needs without submitting himself to being a prisoner with no rights. As a result, he’s faced with 24/7 pain. It’s wrecking his life…and mine. I’m not going to sugar coat it….without relief he wonders if he can even go on living. Lots of chronic pain patients kill themselves due to their inability to get help from healthcare in the USA. When things are this bad….you have 2 choices: Give up and die….or Do What You Can/Must To Survive.
I’m working on a post to describe the horrid situation that currently exists in USA health care regarding people with chronic pain. But for now, I can assure you that the U.S. Medical system is failing people with chronic pain in shameful fashion.
In order to save Dave’s life, early in June we packed up our truck (no camper this time) and hit the road. Back to Mexico. Mainland Mexico. Specifically the Lake Chapala area south of Guadalajara where we’ve rented a house for a year. In Mexico, it’s no problem for Dave to get the help he needs. He can buy the meds that give him a reasonable degree of well-being over the counter. It’s a refuge from the insane torture policy of US healthcare. We’re fortunate we’re able to be here. Many in the same situation are trapped, forced to beg and plead for help and suffer at the hands of a cruel system that promotes funneling pain patients into an unending cycle of abuse.
Believe me. I wish Dave could get help in the USA. I wish it hadn’t come to this. When I was younger, I’d have never imagined I’d be forced out of my country due to the government actively working against my well-being. What a tragedy.
Mexico is beautiful. It’s safe. It’s economical. The food is great. The weather is wonderful. The people are friendly. The culture is vibrant and community-oriented. Life moves at a slower pace and everyone seems to be under a lot less stress. Our days begin with coffee. We’re active and exercise daily. Healthy is our way of eating. Drinking plenty of water. Enjoying one another’s company. Reading. Learning. Making things. Trying to keep our heads up and not worry too much about the future. It’s never promised.
I’m pissed. I’ve been crusading for change. But frankly, I’ve lost faith in the government in the USA. For those of you who haven’t realized it yet….most of our “leaders” are degenerate psychopaths. It is the quality that allows them to rise to their position. The country was sold out to corporations and bankers a long time ago. So it’s hard to believe that I have any chance of relief or help. I’ll keep telling them they have to change things. But I’m not waiting around for them to do the right thing. Dave and I have true grit. We’re willing to take risks and make the effort to change things for ourselves. Our ancestors left their country’s seeking to escape oppression. It’s looking more and more like we’ll have to do the same.
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Viktor E. Frankl