Chikungunya

Working in the prehospital medicine field, I subscribe to a few different journals and online resources to stay current.  One of those resources recently had a headline, “What’s a more dangerous infectious disease threat than Ebola?”  That kind of headline grabs my attention, so, figuring I should know what’s a more infectious disease threat than Ebola, I clicked the linked and was brought to an article about Chikungunya, aka Chik.  I’ve heard about this mosquito borne illness before, it’s actually made its way to the Caribbean and every so often there’s a notice about it in my local hospital.  What I didn’t know is it has now made its way to the United States, so I thought it might be a good topic to explore.Continue Reading

The first 3 days are the hardest

My wife always says the first 3 days of anything new are always the hardest.  Whether it’s a new job or moving, you just need to get through the first 3 days.  Now, living abroad is great, but that said, there are some challenges.  Our first indication of this was day 1 when I dropped my wife off at the airport to fly down for her job. She was flying a US based airline and had only booked a one-way ticket.  We knew she’d be there for at least 6 months, why book a return ticket?  The ticket agent at check-in was having none of it.  When my wife explained she wasn’t going as a tourist, but to live, you could see the ticket agents head twitch and “Does Not Compute” scrolling across her forehead.  She asked for proof but the work permit was electronic, my wife didn’t have a copy, immigration on the other side did, but not my wife.  We spent 45 minutes arguing that she didn’t need a return ticket, she was moving to this country legally.  Finally, with only minutes left before the flight was scheduled to boardContinue Reading

Lionfish envenomation

Since the 1990’s lionfish have been propagating throughout the east coast United States and beyond.  It’s suspected the problem began when some aquarium hobbyists or a hurricane released several lionfish off the east coast of Florida. Although native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, lionfish have no known predators in the Atlantic and Caribbean.  As a result, they have flourished unchecked for years.  Their reproduction rates are staggering, females lay millions of eggs each year.  Continue Reading

Moving to a foreign country

Moving from the United States to a foreign country is an interesting process.  Some of it is frustrating, most of it is great, but all of it is an education.  The inspiration for us began on our honeymoon.  My wife and I love to travel and for our honeymoon we toured New Zealand in a camper van.  We also love to scuba dive.  One night in the campervan, we decided we wanted to start our new lives together in a foreign country.  We laid out several criteria which needed to be met.  Continue Reading