Saturday, April 26, 2014

Resting and healing in San Jose Costa Rica

I finished up all my medical visits at Cima Hospital. I caught up on all my medical needs since I had to be there anyway to find out about my bleeding problem. Turns out the bleeding was minor and not caused by any cancers or anything like that. My bike riding may have caused it by irritating my prostate and or my urethra causing it to bleed a bit. They gave me antibiotics in case of infection and told me to stay off my bike for a month and to also stay out of the sun and get some rest. That won't happen. I can not just sit around for a month. I also can not stay out of the sun and I most definitely can not stay off my bike for a month. I also went to the dermatologist and had my skin checked out. The dermatologist removed about 15 growths and things from my face and body. He calls it decorating a christmas tree because it leaves red balls all over your body. My face took the brunt of this work and it made my face swollen and with bright red welts all over it. It looks pretty ugly and would scare children if they saw me. I heal fast so I am not worried about it. I can just wear a Jason mask on my face for a week.

San Jose and Costa Rica have changed since my last visit. The one big change I noticed right away is how the size of the people has increased, especially around their waists and butts. When I first came to Costa Rica the people lived on beans and rice with eggs and chicken plus lots of fresh fruit. They almost all looked thinner and healthier on that diet. Now there are American fast food places like McDs, Wendy's, KFC and lots of other burger and fried chicken places all over town. The Ticos, as Costa Ricans call themselves, are lining up for all this unhealthy junk food and it shows as they are getting fatter and fatter quickly. I am sorry to see this change. Ticos were known for their long lives but this new diet will change that quickly as they start to die off of heart attacks and strokes and other obesity related health problems. Maybe the government here can do something about this problem before it is too entrenched if is not already too late.

I am spending my days reading cops and robbers books that I find or else I just go down to the square and sit in the shade and people watch. I wish I could find some better books to read. Today it is raining and it is predicted to rain through Monday. The water is needed so I am not complaining. There have been water rationing restrictions due to water shortages because of drought. I hope this rain helps with that. Let it rain now while I am sitting around instead of while I am out on the road riding my bike. I will try to catch up with my pics backlog but the wifi here is again very slow and even though I have lots of time I seem to lack the patience required to deal with the slow wifi without throwing my computer across the room or out the window.

Enjoy life and PURAVIDA

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