Back to Life, Back to the Dominican Republic

Life changes quick. Last week I was near certain I’d need another surgery, and possibly an injection to properly heal my knee. Now, I’m off to the Dominican Republic until Christmas.

P.S.: What percentage of your worries come true?

One doctor visit and a little further research told me I’m all good. Sure, I dropped $1,000 on an MRI for peace of mind, but it was worth it. The doctor told me my full cartilage defect had filled in incredibly well. In fact, he said it looked so good that he planned to use my results at conferences to show the effectiveness of the surgery.

While he may have been laying it on a little thick, the information was good enough for me. I went home and did a little more research. Apparently, discomfort and pain are typically seen for nine months after microfracture surgery. After all, they do drill deep into your bone to grow the new cartilage.

Off to the Dominican Republic

Satisfied that I wouldn’t be a permanent cripple by 27 if I hit the road, I started to look at flights. I figured I’d head out in 2-3 weeks, but the cheapest flight I found was only a week away. I booked it without hesitation.

And here I am. Heading to the Dominican Republic on Friday. Last time I was in the country, I spent the majority of my time in Santo Domingo. This trip I plan to get off the beaten path a little more. I’ll be spending time in:

  • Santo Domingo
  • Santiago
  • Cabarete
  • Las Terrenas
  • Juan Dolio
  • Boca Chica

I may also check out San Fransisco de Macoris, Puerto Plata, and take a side trip over to Haiti. Going to play it by ear. Less planning, more adventure. I’ll definitely be getting out of the city more than last time and focusing on exploring the natural beauty found on the island.

Reminiscing and Shit

 

Chillin' with my favorite crackhead of all time. Her shirt was pretty neat.

Chillin’ with my favorite crackhead of all time. Her shirt was pretty neat.

 

Con mi gente en la calle. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Con mi gente en la calle. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

 

Mature AF.

Mature AF.

 

Prize fight in the hood.

Prizefight in the hood.

 

One of the many sleepy beach towns in the country.

One of the many sleepy beach towns in the country.

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Jake D

Travel junkie turned blogger. Location independent. From the Midwest, but often based in Latin America. Big on beaches, rumba, and rum. Addicted to the gym. Committed to showing a different style of travel - one that involves actually interacting with locals and exploring different cultures.

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Josh Bar - October 18, 2016

“he said it looked so good that he planned to use my results at conferences to show the effectiveness of the surgery.” Jake the perfect specimen of success lol. Did you tell your Doc that you were supplementing with Gelatin?

Yeah back to hitting Game winners and Chasing chicks ?!?!

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