Though the discomfort from surgery isn’t the most fun, and the strangest part is chest and shoulder pain from the residual CO2 from the anesthesia, I have to say that I can’t stop thinking about how grateful I am for the privilege of health care, and a job that provides it. And health. And mobility. And let’s not forget that my whiteness certainly plays a part in my treatment. I know that if any of those factors were different, my story and my pain could potentially be a lot different. I think our healthcare system is broken in the U.S., and I know that if I get stressed out by navigating health care and the costs, it’s a hundred times moreso for someone who doesn’t have all the privileges I do. I am incredibly grateful that I was handled with kindness and respect by all the doctors, nurses and assistants I came across, and I wish that were the case for anyone who deals with chronic pain or medical issues, but I know it’s not always so.
So while i might be sore and uncomfortable and stressed about my bills, i‘m also able to take a little time off to focus on recovery and sit in my old man chair and cuddle with Pim and pretend she’s baby yoda while I watch “the great British baking show” and chill out. And not everyone is afforded such a thing, even though everyone deserves time to heal—and gentleness, compassion and respect during the pain and stress, and often trauma, of a medical issue.
I’m rambling now, but like, we HAVE to be able to do better for the people who live in our country, right? We have to.
Have your self a vitamin sea. Feel the calming breeze. Listen to the waves. Have a li’l tanning. Relax and breathe. Recharge.
Oh, jeez!! Life’s really a beach! It’s awesome. Wonderful. Glorious. Full of amazing people. Full of beauty. It’s precious. It’s priceless. .
🇵🇭 Palawan, Philippines: Joe and I just returned from the Philippines and it was the most incredible trip. We were a little skeptical about traveling 30 hours each way for a one week trip, but it was completely worth it!
After one day in Coron at the Northern tip of Palawan, we left on a 3 day 2 night experience with Tao Philippines. Tao means “human” in Filipino. The defining characteristic of this trip is that there is no set itinerary, something foreign to me! The crew loads up the 20+ passengers and then decides the itinerary for the day based on the weather and avoiding other groups. They have 16 camps between Coron and El Nido, and choose which they want to stop at based on the same decisions. It sounds like you could take the trip again and have a totally different experience! Every stop was an island paradise, usually with no one else in sight.
The best part was getting to know the crew and asking them all of our questions about life in the islands. We learned that most of them are supporting ~10 family members, whether it’s siblings, parents, or children. We learned about Dengue fever, the countless dialects of the Philippines, the education system, and how Tao tries to involve the communities around them, training people in jobs as masseuses, chefs, or builders to create these beautiful structures at each camp.
I was so inspired by this trip and it was the perfect experience to base our time in Palawan around. I am on the hunt to find companies like this in other countries so I don’t have to be as sad about this trip being over! Any ideas? [Taken Nov 25-27, 2019] (PS - not hosted or discounted, we paid full price) #hungerlustphilippines#taophilippines#palawan
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matangkad sa picture never mind sa personal, angguluhan mo pa😅 #wheninpalawan
Omg this beach looks perfect😍🌴
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