Traveling for Blood Clots

This post originally published on a previously-owned “travel” blog and was imported here to simplify my life. Please excuse any confusion due to this merge. I hope you enjoy the content!

Mike and I haven’t done as many of the trips we had planned for the past couple months due to the surprise of life-threatening blood clots in Mike’s legs and abdomen.  But I did take a few pictures since the medical saga begin at the beginning of April.
It all started when we were hosting the Family Zone Project in Cusco:

Mike’s leg pain was already in full force at this point.
Trying out the “Mexican” restaurant in Cusco. Ha.
Trying out the “Mexican” restaurant in Cusco. Ha.


Why do we ALWAYS think the next “Mexican” restaurant we find in Peru will be better than all the other ones before?  🙂
A view of Cusco’s main plaza.
Our main food for Family Zone.  We had dozens and dozens more.
Just look at this hand he was dealt at the beginning!

I believe I lost that game…

Mike was in ferocious pain and on almost entirely on bed-rest during this week.  Looking back at what we now know, he endured so much.  Of course, we weren’t in picture-taking mode for a few weeks, but I did snap a shot of him walking around in the hospital after the clot discovery days before.  It was a miracle walk and was a beautiful sight to see.


After 9 nights in the Lima hospital, he was stable enough to be medically evacuated back to the States.  Due to many reasons and prayers, we decided it was best if I fly back to Arequipa and close up our apartment.  Here is all I had left after selling/donating/packing everything:


And then I took a couple last pictures from our windows and of the outside guarded gate of the neighborhood.


Mike’s last Salchipapa for a while.

It has been a long 2 and a half months, but we are so thankful for God’s hand of protection, not to mention our family and our friends, who have all prayed so much for Mike’s healing.  We won’t be taking any international trips again for a while, but we hope that he can heal enough to be able to again in several months.

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