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« Reply #300 on: October 20, 2017, 02:51:17 pm »
Just read the thread from beginning to end,
thanks Orca for your intimate and enlightening comments.. and i hope all is well with you and Mrs

I just did the same thing. Slow Friday in Cape Town..

Wow, what a roller coaster this year has been for you guys  ???
All the best for that full recovery!

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« Reply #301 on: October 20, 2017, 09:21:24 pm »
Thanks for all the good wishes. Most cardiac arrest patients die from it and many patients with pneumonia also expire and only 25% of patients with acute sepsis survive. She had all of this and survived even with cancer.

The doctors were also surprised that she survived with all of the above. She has now picked up 10 kg from 45 kg to 55 kg. She now walks up 120 steps and down again every day with no problem.

Time to start our explorations again. Perhaps back to Porto as it has become our second "home" and I love this city. So much to see and so easy to get around. The metro is so simple that not even I could get lost.

Lisbon is too expensive as is the Algarve. Patrick may attest to this.

The best part is that if you live in a city you would not need a car as the metro trains are 5 minutes apart and takes you to all areas of the city in half the time. Cost is about €1,2 per zone and €2,5 to the outskirts.

All suburbs (parishes) have supermarkets within a 8 minute walk or less and smaller shops within your block so no need for a car here. Pubs are literately on every street as are bakeries and veggie shops. Farmers markets are once per week in every parish and some are permanently located such as fishmongers and butchers.

This all makes living here so cheap.



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« Reply #302 on: October 24, 2017, 03:32:50 pm »
Orca, when the chips are down how do you cope? I hope for you that mrs's health improves

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« Reply #303 on: October 24, 2017, 05:59:27 pm »
Orca, when the chips are down how do you cope? I hope for you that mrs's health improves

I'm not at all religious but I prayed for the first time in my adult life as did a hundred friends and family. I also thought I was like a cowboy as they only cry when their horse dies. I shed some tears with our girls when things looked dire and this made us stronger as a family and we can beat all odds together.

This is all behind us now and at the rate of her recovery she would be back to normal in a month.  :TU:
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« Reply #304 on: October 24, 2017, 06:54:33 pm »
Orca, when the chips are down how do you cope? I hope for you that mrs's health improves

I'm not at all religious but I prayed for the first time in my adult life as did a hundred friends and family. I also thought I was like a cowboy as they only cry when their horse dies. I shed some tears with our girls when things looked dire and this made us stronger as a family and we can beat all odds together.

This is all behind us now and at the rate of her recovery she would be back to normal in a month.  :TU:
Hi Orca - glad to see your wife's health is improving - all strength to her and you and the family in this difficult recovery process
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« Reply #305 on: October 25, 2017, 10:45:23 am »
This is all behind us now and at the rate of her recovery she would be back to normal in a month.  :TU:

Excellent! :heart:. P cramping my style with these emoticons. I know, I know - male dominated forum and topics - analytical and composed - but this thread needed heart. ;)
« Last Edit: October 25, 2017, 12:03:23 pm by Patrick »
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« Reply #306 on: October 25, 2017, 04:24:03 pm »
Orca your story is inspiring and just shows that when you find yourself in a position against all the odds there is still hope and being positive is the way to go! Great stuff and I hope all continues well in her recovery.

I've always had an affiliation with Spain as I've been all over the country mainly when in my 20's and living in the UK it was easy to get there for holidays but Portugal sounds very interesting and must admit somewhere like Porto would appeal to me and be good to get a cost of living scenario what are rental prices like? Any info would be great!

Go well  :TU:

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« Reply #307 on: October 25, 2017, 07:59:49 pm »
Thanks for all the heads up and the new heart for MP.

My city of choice would be Porto. The Algarve and Lisbon are too expensive for me but cheaper than most western and central EU countries. Prices are probably the same as Cape Town.

I love the sea so have only commented on coastal towns and cities but if you want cheaper in the south then go inland. The smaller towns have large spaces between houses that are utilized for veggies. Porras love growing veggies and sharing them with neighbors. Finding a pumpkin and some kale on your doorstep in the morning will not be unusual according to the PT expat Forum.

The beaches in the Algarve are very pretty. Only problem is that when you get older they are difficult to get to due to the steep inclines. Some beaches shown in pics you would need to abseil to.
In the Faro area you would have to swim across the very long lagoon to get to the beach.

This is why I love the north. Greener and more accessible beaches. And much cheaper.





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« Reply #308 on: October 25, 2017, 08:42:41 pm »
I forgot about yozzi's question as to expenses so here goes:

I pay €375 for a fully furnished 2 bed flat and it is modern.

My rent plus utilities plus TV, unlimited internet and food amounts to €580 pm. This does not include entertainment as it differs with lifestyle.
A car is not needed here as public transport is great.
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« Reply #309 on: October 26, 2017, 07:10:03 am »
We’ve got heart! Thank you, I love it  :heart:
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« Reply #310 on: October 26, 2017, 05:15:01 pm »
I forgot about yozzi's question as to expenses so here goes:

I pay €375 for a fully furnished 2 bed flat and it is modern.

My rent plus utilities plus TV, unlimited internet and food amounts to €580 pm. This does not include entertainment as it differs with lifestyle.
A car is not needed here as public transport is great.

Thanks Orca and that rental is excellent nearly 3 times cheaper than a 2 bed, 2 bath apartment close to the beach here in Blouberg and not furnished either! So all in all that's a really cheap cost of living

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« Reply #311 on: November 13, 2017, 09:43:35 pm »
Hi Orca, I've been trying to work out how to receive your posts to my email but I'm too doff!!  Please help . tx rond


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« Reply #312 on: November 15, 2017, 02:39:20 pm »
Hi Orca, I've been trying to work out how to receive your posts to my email but I'm too doff!!  Please help . tx rond
I don't think it can be done and I don't post much anymore as we are pretty much house bound with my wife's feeding tube. I have to give her 150 ml water every hour as she tends to get it into her lungs if drinking orally.

Radiation and chemo therapy does get rid of cancer but not the cancer stem cells. They can remain in remission for many years and to keep it in remission I have to pump soup into her with lots of cayenne pepper, turmeric and cumin. She can eat bland food as her taste buds are overly sensitive.

She has picked up 11kg since leaving hospital and climbs 83 stairs down the flat and back up unaided every day. This is a great improvement as she could not lift herself up 1 step unaided 2 months ago. :TU:
I started here with nothing and still have most of it left.

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« Reply #313 on: November 15, 2017, 11:57:20 pm »
Hi Orca, I've been trying to work out how to receive your posts to my email but I'm too doff!!  Please help . tx rond
I don't think it can be done and I don't post much anymore as we are pretty much house bound with my wife's feeding tube. I have to give her 150 ml water every hour as she tends to get it into her lungs if drinking orally.

Radiation and chemo therapy does get rid of cancer but not the cancer stem cells. They can remain in remission for many years and to keep it in remission I have to pump soup into her with lots of cayenne pepper, turmeric and cumin. She can eat bland food as her taste buds are overly sensitive.

She has picked up 11kg since leaving hospital and climbs 83 stairs down the flat and back up unaided every day. This is a great improvement as she could not lift herself up 1 step unaided 2 months ago. :TU:
Glad to hear your wife's health is improving - all strength to you both with the recovery
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