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  1. Andrew
    June 3, 2017

    I should probably book a checkup with a doctor soon … thanks for the motivation!

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    • aiman Parween
      September 3, 2017

      you must see a doctor

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      • Talon Windwalker
        September 3, 2017

        It might be helpful if you fully read the post.

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  2. grasya
    June 3, 2017

    i haven’t had any complete medical checkup since like 7 years ago but yeah, i guess this is important whenever someone embarks on long term travel to make sure they are healthy on the road. i will need to remind myself this tip too, thanks Talon

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    • Talon Windwalker
      June 3, 2017

      It’s important even if you aren’t traveling. Often serious health conditions can be treated better and more effectively if discovered early on.

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  3. Nicholas
    April 25, 2017

    Thanks for the reminder here, Talon. I am also a single dad who lives nomadically with my child and I often neglect my own health as well. I got to Hong Kong a week ago and the air quality here attacks my asthma like no other. I think we need to remember as single parents that our health is vitally important while traveling because we often don’t have anyone to help us when we’re sick. I had food poisoning last month in Thailand–thankfully my daughter didn’t get it even though we ate the same food–and I was certain that I was going to die in the bathroom and my daughter would starve to death with no one to help her. It was a scary 16 hours.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 26, 2017

      Nice to see another single dad traveling with their kiddo! We had a similar situation in Ecuador when I got waylaid by a strong virus. Thankfully, we were staying in a hostel that had a restaurant. The staff and a fellow guest took Tigger under their wing, kept her occupied, made sure she got fed, etc. Otherwise, it would’ve been really rough as I couldn’t be away from a toilet for about 3 days.

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  4. Julie Tucker
    April 12, 2017

    Talon—am checking your website after many months away. My 10 yr old and I embark on our world travels. Would love to chat w you if you are Stateside and have a moment….

    Best wishes and have no regrets…relatively speaking, you still have your health.

    Cheers
    Julie

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    • Talon Windwalker
      April 16, 2017

      No problem. I don’t do regrets. 😉

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  5. Granny
    March 8, 2017

    Talon, my good friend has been HIV positive for about 20 years now and has always taken good care of himself. About a year ago, he stopped taking many of his medications, no reason why. He said he was just sick of taking all that and didn’t pick up the refills. He is an exceptionally bright man, so like you, there was absolutely no reason for it. But he did it, and got very very ill and almost died. He has since had to move to live near his daughter in Alaska, had to stop working, which upset him more than anything, (though Lord knows why – LOL) and he is doing very well now and is again taking care of himself. He has lost a lot of his short-term memory and can’t play bridge anymore, or read very well because he can’t remember the last sentence. I guess there really is no explanation, except we all have “lapses” in our good sense. Hope you are feeling better now too.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 8, 2017

      Oh my, that’s pretty huge! I’m glad he’s turning around and doing better, but how incredibly sad.

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  6. April Yap
    February 16, 2017

    Great post Talon! Well we really tend to forget some things with travelling. Even those things that we usually do not forget. I have my share of those events like forgetting my plane ticket when already at the cab half way thru the airport. I am sorry to hear on those health issues and good luck dealing with this! Again, nice post!

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  7. Patti
    February 9, 2017

    Thyroid disease runs in my family, my thyroid was surgically removed maybe 15+ years ago and I’ve been on synthetic thyroid ever since. This past summer, my doctor advised me to wean off of a low-dosage hormone that I had been taking for years and years. I didn’t know it at the time, but by the time the hormone was out of my system, it had dramatically impacted how my body was absorbing the thyroid med. Long story short, it’s the closest to mental illness I ever hope to be and I was hanging by my fingernails when blood work showed my thyroid levels were way too high. Even when we think we’re doing the right thing, it can kick you in the ass. Good that you’re getting back on track. Be well.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      February 10, 2017

      How horrible for you! That sounds just awful

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  8. Peter Korchnak
    February 7, 2017

    It’s too easy to forget self-care when traveling – there’s simply too much going on. I’m glad you’re getting it figured out, albeit at a price. But hey, better late than never. TAKE CARE.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      February 7, 2017

      It definitely is harder when you’re moving around a lot, or if you’re in a country where it’s harder to get care. But if someone is doing long-term travel, think they need to make sure they’re getting things followed or a routine check-up whenever they’ll be somewhere long enough to make that practical.

      Yes, better late than before I lose my vision or something!

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  9. Teresa
    February 7, 2017

    Sorry to hear that you’re dealing with those health issues and thanks, both for the reminder to pay attention to health issues and for the reminder that we humans sometimes have an incredible capacity to ignore things we are reluctant to face.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      February 7, 2017

      As they say “Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.”

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  10. Suzanne Fluhr
    February 7, 2017

    As I was reading, I was thinking, “How could he do this?” (ignore your health). Then, I realized that I often do the same thing–like be 3 years late for a mammogram. I hope you get your medical issues under control for your sake and because I know there are 2 beings that still really need you. One of them is soft and furry and meows. The other is a biped.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      February 7, 2017

      Definitely working on it! My body isn’t cooperating, but we’re doing everything we can to whip it back into shape.

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  11. Rhonda Albom
    February 6, 2017

    Big hugs Talon. I know how medical issues can slam you, and how easy it is to ignore them when we are suddenly feeling pretty good. However, looking backwards doesn’t help. At least as you said, you caught it before it is super serious.And what is up with our bodies craving what is so bad for us. For you it’s carbs, for me it’s sugar. Arrg. I am glad you are on the road to good health now. Oh, and thanks for the reminder.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      February 7, 2017

      I wish sugar was the only carb I have a deep relationship with! LOL

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  12. Living Outside of the Box
    February 6, 2017

    Bummer. Sorry to hear this, man. But glad you’re facing it head-on now, and can help stabilize and improve your health. Here’s to a New Year!!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      February 7, 2017

      Yep, at least it’s getting being worked on. Hopefully things will settle for me healthwise soon.

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  13. Ali
    February 6, 2017

    It’s weird, I think we all do that at some point, ignore something we really know better than to ignore. I do it all too often with my colitis issues, which is how I’ve ended up in the hospital a few times. I rationalize away symptoms or tell myself they’ll improve with a little more time, and then I just get sicker. I know there are certain foods I shouldn’t eat because they make my disease worse, but I don’t like feeling deprived, so I eat them sometimes anyway. It sucks & it’s hard & it’s a constant battle to remind yourself to do the right/healthy thing. At least you’re addressing the problem now, & hopefully you’ll start seeing some improvements soon.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      February 7, 2017

      That whole not feeling deprived thing is big for me. And I’m a bit of an emotional eater, too. ARGH!

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  14. Heidi
    February 6, 2017

    Good luck dealing with this! I have these same issues and have tried all kinds of different diets. The only thing that has had radical success for me is intermittent fasting (an eating window of 4 hours a day, although I will eat fat – like cream in my coffee outside of those 4 hours). Good luck. This is manageable, but it takes a radical behavior change. At least it did for me.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      February 6, 2017

      Yeah, I’m dreading the thought I may have to do something like a ketogenic or low-carb diet to get the diabetes under control. Hopefully the meds will do their job so I don’t have to make radical changes.

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  15. grasya
    February 6, 2017

    as i plan my route for my next long term travel, thanks for reminding me to take care of my health Talon

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    • Talon Windwalker
      February 6, 2017

      So important!

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