Hi to all! I'm glad to have found you. A wonderful person on expatdotcom gave me your address. I love this forum; flames and all. Tell it like it is, don't hold back. I'm a big girl and I should be able to separate the wheat from the shaft -- on a good day anyway.
I'm moving to Merida in the very near future. I'll be flying to Merida soon; once I get organized and know who, what, where, and how I should proceed. The best made plans change, but I do need a plan so I'm not running in circles once I'm there. I'm hoping I'll be there to put everything in place within the month, but it seems I have more and more to do with each passing day. My list of "need to do's" is growing.
My mom was my dad's primary caregiver and she passed away. My husband has monumental health problems. Guess who will die first, them or I? As hard as you think caregiving is, it's much harder than you can ever imagine. I'm not putting them in a nursing home; I know what institutionalized care is and warehousing my family is not my style. I have options now -- move so I can afford to hire help. God willing, all of us can live a decent life enjoying the brief time we have together. Soon I won't have the energy to do this and all of us will lose: I'll be too sick to help them and they will no longer have an advocate to keep them living at home.
I would like to buy a home (possibly 2 side by side), but I'm not opposed to renting. I don't like paying someone's mortgage, and the money I spend on rent could be more than taking the bite on selling and moving again -- it's a roll of the dice anyway you look at it. It looks like I may be able to afford 2 new homes next to one another so I can actually have some kind of private life and a little sanity time. There are so many things to consider. My to do list is looking more like my college thesis than a to do list
I'm looking forward to "meeting" the online expats here. Y'all are very interesting and nice folks.