Blood thinners in the Jungle? Am I Crazy?


Am I Crazy? As an autoimmune patient with APS, as a stroke  survivor on blood thinners, people sometimes ask why I travel to places teeming with opportunities for disaster.

“Places where medical care is thin, the water is often unsafe and the food chancy; places with infectious diseases, malarial mosquitoes, venomous snakes and the wildest of animals; some places where the locals are just a few generations past headhunting.”

I have asked myself that question, many times, most recently when I set out for a month of temple climbing in India with my knee swollen and braced a week after suffering a “spontaneous” bleed.  Just one of the aggravating hazards of a life on blood thinners. I answered my own question–Why go?– in an essay titled “Why I Still Travel to the Wild,” and wrote about it again yesterday in my travel blog

My essay was published in the anthology Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness, available at bookstores and on-line. I hope you’ll check it out.

Why venture to the wild?

The photos below provides a hint about why I venture afar.

For another perspective, read famed travel writer Paul Theroux’s  eloquent essay about the siren pull of travel in  New York Times, “Why We Travel in Turbulent Times.”

Why do you travel?

Sri Lanka–Feeding times for toddler elephants

China–Frisky pandas at the Panda Research Center near Chungdu