Diabetes duty on the Amazone for Government.

Johnben or JB.
By Johnben or JB. Latest Reply 2011-03-26 17:34:29 -0500
Started 2011-03-22 15:25:24 -0500

Are we going to the Amazone on diabetes duty for Government!

This is so different and exciting. Here is the poop.
The Goverment of Canada has some very learned people working for it.

They want to find out , how older diabetics do in their every day life, in tropical weather.
This group going there next month have also some other people on board with different diseases but they did run in trouble with the diabetes couple who had to cancel their participation because the man had a sudden heart attack. In the next 9 days before leaving on the Amazone Santana River Boat trip paid for by the Government, they must replace the diabetes couple by another couple.

It so happens that my son is high up in the technical field working for the Gov. for many years and rubs shoulders with the people involved with the Amazone trip. So when the problem did arise with the diabetes couple my son voluntered Johanna and I for the job as being ideal for the job mentioned.
I understand that we would have to leave by the first day of next month, a bit sudden if you ask me.
But to miss such an opportunity would be sinful so we accepted. We will email you all the pictures we will make and then some. We will be a bit busy getting organized for the trip, luckily we have our passports in good shape, but anyway that could have been fixed soon.

Needles to say that we have no sleep at nights but have to be in good shape to make use of this sudden oppertunity. We are making long lists of what to do and what to bring before the first of next month
when we will be picked up by a government car. We are very excited by this all and so sudden also!
Will keep you informed if we get enough time to do so!

Johanna and John alias JB.

11 replies

Dev 2011-03-23 17:50:50 -0500 Report

Wow! It sounds like a great adventure. You have to write about it here in DC when you come back.

I would sure google Amazon Santana Riverboats Fleet to see what the research is all about.

Good luck for your journey and also for the preparation. :)

Armourer 2011-03-22 21:48:09 -0500 Report

Was in Manaus, the Amazon, three years ago. Being from Canada you need to stay hydrated. Drink water until you can drink no more, then have another bottle or two. I lived in southern Texas, Arizona, and experienced the humidity of the east coast, I've never sweated so much in my life. Your sugar levels can drop quickly, so monitor them throughout the day. I went into diabetic lows crossing the street and nearly blacked out. Taking a taxi is very expensive! The buses are cheap but not reliable. Do not drink the water, only bottled, even in 5-star hotels. Their are bottled water & diet sodas. The main food is rice & beans, and fruit you have never seen! Ascie (sp?) is the magic stuff being promoted in North America the past few years. Try the real thing, it's purple in color, most folks sprinkle it on things, reminds me of grapenuts in texture but taste is horrible unless you put a ton of artificial sweetener or sugar with it. Try the cashew juice and a coconut milk right from the coconut. Oranges there are the size of grapefruits here. Mosquitoes seen in the day don't have malaria, but may have dungi fever. But I saw a whole ten mosquitoes while there! The one thing to see is the middle of the Amazon River, across from the harbor of Manaus, at its beginning where two rivers meet to form the Amazon. The place is called "Meeting of the Waters," in the middle of the river. One river is muddy looking, lesser vegetation and smaller molecules in the water and several degrees cooler. The other river is black looking, denser vegetation and larger molecules, and water temperature is several degrees warmer. These two river waters will not mix for about 50 miles. Looks cool from google maps! Widest place on Amazon River is 23 miles, and somewhere between 1000 and 1500 miles long. Always wear shoes or flip-flops, and have flip-flops for the shower, even 5-star hotels can't get rid of the little micro bugs in the water or on the bathroom floors. If you walk in the river have a walking stick to probe ahead of you to scare up the sting-rays. Pick-pockets are everywhere, from the wealthy areas to the poor areas. I loved going there, and someday hope to go back. Have fun!!! Take plenty of insulin, cause there it is very expensive! I've posted six photos for you to look at on my page.

jayabee52 2011-03-22 17:02:31 -0500 Report

JB, You know what the 1st day of next month is called? LoL!

Tigereyze209 2011-03-22 18:00:25 -0500 Report

Okay, I'll bite the apple.. what is the first day called?

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