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by FRx
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Personal Hygiene
Replies: 41
Views: 2335

Re: Personal Hygiene

My deodorant is water, baking soda, lavender essential oil, just 2 drops for 2 ounces. Never stink (according to partner) and I work out a lot. My research on the topic of toothpaste is that you don't really need it if you have good brushing techniques and good flossing. I have used a touch of bakin...
by FRx
Tue Mar 23, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Traveling to Mexico City
Replies: 37
Views: 2273

Re: Traveling to Mexico City

Thank you for the link above. I've only been in Oaxaca now for 2 weeks and just a couple of days in Mexico City. I would say that it's a great place to learn Spanish. It was much tougher for me to learn Spanish in Spain. We decided to stay here for a few more months and then we'll head back to Spain...
by FRx
Sat Mar 06, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Traveling to Mexico City
Replies: 37
Views: 2273

Re: Traveling to Mexico City

My partner has been to Guatemala and enjoyed it. She said it was quite affordable but I'm not sure she felt like she could integrate into the society as easily. Mexico City was a rather happening city, a bit city feel and the pollution was quite noticeable. Oaxaca has a smaller town feel but it's ou...
by FRx
Wed Mar 03, 2021 11:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Traveling to Mexico City
Replies: 37
Views: 2273

Re: Traveling to Mexico City

Update - we are in Mexico City. It's an interesting city and first time for me to be this far south in Mexico. We're off to Oaxaca next as suggested. The goal is to work remotely and maybe do some volunteer clinical work. Neither of us has any connections to work here as medical volunteers but I'm s...
by FRx
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Replace dishwasher with small washing machine?
Replies: 20
Views: 1766

Re: Replace dishwasher with small washing machine?

I've been down this quandary. I have a flat in Spain and there is a tiny washer/dryer combo which installs under the kitchen sink and has attaches with a tiny drain hose directly to the trap drain of the kitchen sink. Very simple. I have a condo in Portland and I have a dishwasher in the kitchen whi...
by FRx
Sun Dec 27, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Going back to work after you have retired? Any stories from those who have?
Replies: 25
Views: 3700

Re: Going back to work after you have retired? Any stories from those who have?

I retired from medicine back in 2016 at age 37 and was mostly worried about forgetting my skills. After a year or so I did some clinical consulting and it was fine. But because I was never frugal by nature, as soon as my income went up my spending went up accordingly. I feel that the higher income s...
by FRx
Fri Dec 25, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Traveling to Mexico City
Replies: 37
Views: 2273

Re: Traveling to Mexico City

We ended up cancelling the trip. Over the past few days everything shut down in Mexico City as others mentioned on here. Apparently cafes and restaurants and rock climbing gyms all shut down. We're in Orange County, CA for now and it's interesting that places are still open here, so that might be ou...
by FRx
Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Traveling to Mexico City
Replies: 37
Views: 2273

Re: Traveling to Mexico City

The alternatives for us are to stay here in Orange County, CA which is an expensive place to live and we don't really have anything other than Airbnb options - unless we get something long-term. Or we can both go back to Portland, Oregon since we have a place there. She's from LA and I'm from Portla...
by FRx
Tue Dec 22, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Traveling to Mexico City
Replies: 37
Views: 2273

Traveling to Mexico City

My partner and I are currently working remotely and due to cost reasons and for the sake of culture have been thinking about traveling to Mexico City for at least a week to see if we can live there long-term. Would appreciate any advice on thinking through this - basically, a sanity check because a ...
by FRx
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3446
Views: 392379

Re: COVID-19

I hope that I am wrong in this regard, but there is a bit of a bad incentive for hospitals to take patients into the ICU for management. The payment by 3rd party payers is higher when the patient is in the ICU. But, in all fairness, in some instances, it is easier to manage infection spread by havin...
by FRx
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Off grid living arrangements (legal and other) in various EU Countries
Replies: 24
Views: 2886

Re: Off grid living arrangements (legal and other) in various EU Countries

Galicia is very interesting - a lot of variety. I live in Santiago de Compostela and a flat in the city center will cost around 60k-100k for a studio or 2-br. There is a medical school there, engineering university, major arts, gyms, etc. It's got a decent city feel to it. Further out you can get a ...
by FRx
Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: International Money transfers
Replies: 9
Views: 1290

Re: International Money transfers

I shopped around when I bought my condo in Spain and Transferwise was the best option. I transferred some money through Bank of America but that was a lot more expensive.
by FRx
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3446
Views: 392379

Re: COVID-19

The hygiene theory is quite interesting. My homeless population and those patients of mine whom I can't imagine to ever wash their hands, they are rarely sicker than my "hygienic" patients or those who are "ultrahygieners". It does make sense in settings where ultimate sterility ...
by FRx
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3446
Views: 392379

Re: COVID-19

It's worth considering that different countries which have different genetic makeup may have different levels of immunity to the virus. Maybe they are less likely to pass it on once they have it, or are less likely to shed it asymptomatically, or they will have less severe symptoms after contracting...
by FRx
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3446
Views: 392379

Re: COVID-19

hi @chenda I believe the headline pieces and talking points are all about preventing the spread of the disease but that is only possible if humans don't come into contact with each other, whether directly or by proxy. That's an impossibility. The actual scientific reason was to slow the spread and n...
by FRx
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3446
Views: 392379

Re: COVID-19

Great points. I suppose I have the perspective of seeing western medicine as a science which claims to be able to manage all health conditions. And yet most of us physicians couldn't offer up a convincing definition of what health is. I hope that you are right, that we can one day manage this diseas...
by FRx
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Off grid living arrangements (legal and other) in various EU Countries
Replies: 24
Views: 2886

Re: Off grid living arrangements (legal and other) in various EU Countries

It's worth noting that utilities and housing costs are really low in Spain. I own a flat in Galicia and I pay 180 euros a year for property tax. Water is 30 euros a month. Electricity is 30-50 euros a month. HOA dues are 26 euros a month. I can't get rid of the HOA dues. No way to get rid of the HOA...
by FRx
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3446
Views: 392379

Re: COVID-19

The news media reports now are mostly about how there are clusters of increased infection rates in such and such community. It seems that the same sentiment is reflected in this thread. Though it's media worthy, there is nothing unexpected nor significant from a clinical or public health perspective...
by FRx
Mon Apr 06, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3446
Views: 392379

Re: COVID-19

Right, that's always the tough thing about information gathering, will the result you obtain be accurate? Next, what will you do with the information. I have lines out the door of patients angry that they cannot get tested. Those who can get tested are upset that it takes 4-5 days to get a result. A...
by FRx
Mon Apr 06, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 3446
Views: 392379

Re: COVID-19

The test itself is unlikely to be contaminated. We have plenty of reports of patients who have no symptoms but test positive for COVID or their chest CT, which was done for other reasons, shows obvious signs of the infection. As for the result interpretation, I suspect there is a place on their site...