Sometimes it is hard to believe how time can feel so warped…either time seems to slow to a crawl, or it flies by in the blink of an eye. We’ve been back in the US for five weeks now and somehow Moldova already feels like another lifetime ago. It is a strange feeling to go from being in a situation which is all encompassing to being removed from it. It is pretty easy to feel disoriented…we’re back in the US without any set plans, and we’re completely removed from what was our life just a short time ago. Definitely a strange feeling.
Since coming back, Brian has been feeling better…of course, it is a long process, but he is definitely on the upswing. Before we left Moldova, he had researched alternative approaches to chronic sinusitis and found a doctor in Colorado who had developed a program called Sinus Survival. It is a combination of herbal supplements, restricted diet, steaming with essential oils, and nasal irrigation. This plan seems to have worked for many people with chronic sinusitis, so Brian decided that this would be his plan for long term health. He has been very vigilant about eating according to a restricted “anti-candida” diet, steaming and irrigating his sinuses 3 to 4 times each day, and taking the recommended supplements. So far, he has been feeling much less pressure in his head than when we were in Moldova and he has more energy. We know that there is no quick fix, but Brian is committed to continuing on the program until he is finally back to good health.
One highlight since coming back, was being able to attend the wedding of two of our very good friends. The wedding took place in NH, so we made the drive back to New England. While we feel like we have made that drive so many times in the past few years, it was well worth it to be able to attend the wedding festivities. It was a beautiful outdoor wedding on NH’s seacoast, and it was great to see our friends so happy. While back in NH, we were also able to get together with a few friends and to check in with our house and the renter who is living there. All in all, it was a quick and busy trip, but one that we were happy we could make.
Other than our trip to NH, we have been staying in Wisconsin, with Brian’s mom. She has been gracious enough to let us stay with her. It has been a pretty relaxing and productive time. We have been getting out walking quite a bit (Brian has moved from taking naps in the afternoon, to taking walks, so that it an improvement!). We have been enjoying the fall colors as they have moved into the area. We also have some longer term business projects that we have reignited.
We spent the first two weeks back in the US just at home. We didn’t see anyone other than Brian’s mom. I guess the situation of leaving Peace Corps early, just made us want to disconnect for awhile and not really have to answer questions that we thought we would be faced with. Now, we are feeling more settled into the sudden change in our plans and we are feeling better about our decision. Having Brian healthier now makes us realize just how bad he had been feeling…it has reconfirmed that health has to be the top priority as we make our decisions.
Since Brian has been feeling better, we have decided to make plans to spend the winter back down in Mexico. After last winter, we had talked about going to an intensive Spanish language program the next time we went south for the winter (with the idea that the time would be in the winter of 2017). However, at this point, we feel like it is best to wait a year for that. One reason for that is having just come off an intensive language program, our brains need a long break. Secondly, with Brian’s restricted diet, it would be really difficult to stay in a residential program where we don’t have control over the food we eat. But, we definitely want to do a language program which will jumpstart our Spanish language skills. Brian has been working on his Spanish with the DuoLingo app, but I have been really reluctant to do that yet. I know that as soon as I start working on Spanish, my (shrinking) connection to Moldova through the Romanian language will disappear. I haven’t been ready to let that thread go yet, but I know that the logical thing to do is to focus on the future and the fact that I will need Spanish in the future and not Romanian. I’m sure that logic will sink in soon.