Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
We had just finished
celebrating Akaisha’s 60th birthday in a romantic Colonial restaurant setting
and took a bus
back to our place. Upon exiting the bus, Akaisha's body weight continued down
the steep step but her finger with rings got caught on something and stayed behind. She freed
herself in an instant, but that was all it took to tear and cut deep into her
finger and veins. Blood was gushing everywhere as we stood dazed on the side of
a BIG step and Akaisha was getting off of the bus.
I immediately wrapped
her hand with my kerchief and flagged down a tuk tuk, instructing the driver to
take us to the hospital. My focus was on Akaisha - who at this point could only
moan - and not on where our driver was taking us. Akaisha was in the utmost pain
and I was concerned that she was going into shock.
After what seemed like a
very long 15 minute ride over the bumpy cobblestone road, we arrived and entered the
emergency room at the National Hospital in San Felipe just outside of Antigua.
We raced directly to a doctor for attention. Dr. Sergio took over at this point,
directing nurses to clean up the wound and prep Akaisha to have her family
heirloom rings cut
It took several shots of
pain medication before she settled down enough for the staff to cut the rings.
The gash was so deep around her finger that I had to walk away. The sight was
more than I could handle.
The doctors sutured her
up, gave her a tetanus shot and sent us home with a list of medicines to buy.
By now it was late Saturday afternoon and all we wanted to do was get home and
attempt to relax a bit after this traumatic adventure. Over the course of the
next 30 hours she was hurting more and returned to the hospital.
Doctors redressed the
wound giving her some relief, but at this point there was an obvious concern
about saving her finger. After seeing several more doctors and two surgeons, it
was recommended that she see a plastic surgeon in Guatemala City. We were both
very nervous about the prospects we were facing. Would her finger live through
The immediate crisis was
controlled. We now decided it was time to take charge and called Lori Shea from
Medical Travel whom we recently interviewed for our website. Normally, she
handles clients from the States and Canada for knee or hip replacements, cancer
treatment, extensive dental work or eye surgery. Our case was more of an
emergency so she jumped into action.
week later - finger is looking much better
We spoke with Lori
around noon and she scheduled a same day 4:30 PM appointment with a premier
hand/plastic surgeon in Guatemala City. Lori picked us up, drove us to the
appointment, and stayed the entire four hours with us while Akaisha was
receiving treatment. She also took Akaisha's medical history (since Akaisha
couldn't write it down herself) negotiated discounts with the doctors, and set
up future appointments with the surgeon and for hyperbaric chamber therapy. Then
she arranged for a personal driver to take us from Antigua to Guatemala City
daily over the next ten days.
Akaisha entering the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber
Akaisha saw the surgeon,
Dr. Galindo, four of the first six days including one appointment on
Independence Day - a national holiday where we were the only people in a 14
story medical building - and Dr. Galindo made a special trip to observe progress
and change her dressing. She also entered a hyperbaric oxygen chamber for 2
hours daily to expedite the healing process. Lcda. Ana Potrillo also made a
separate trip on this national holiday for Akaisha's therapy.
We asked ourselves if we
would have gotten this devoted attention in the States.
This accident is a vivid
reminder just how fast life can change. Although as of this writing two weeks
after the incident, Akaisha is healing and does not yet have use of her finger,
she is progressing and we are hopeful for a full recovery.
like to thank all of you who sent well wishes and prayers for Akaisha's healing. It means a
lot to us in this time of crisis.
For more information on this story see:
Fickle Finger of Fate
Turning the Corner
Pricing of a Medical Emergency in Guatemala
A Short 3 Months Later
An Inside View
About the Authors
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are
recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on
topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of
information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com,
they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since
1991. They wrote the popular books, The
Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your
Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.
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