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Summer 2013 Adventure Starts NOW

June 16, 2013:  We leave today for 3+ weeks exploring France and Italy.  The agenda is a little different than we had originally planned, but still most wonderful and still only possible because of the ablation in November 2009 and Dr. Marrouche.

Starting last fall, I had severe pain and restricted movement in my right hip.  Many doctor visits and lots of painful physical therapy later, some improvement but not totally better.  Ultrasound finally gave us a diagnosis – snapping hip (aka knots in the psoas muscle, I saw them on the screen).  An injection directly into the muscle and I’m good to go.

The hip kept me from training for trekking, but we still did visit some awesome places this fall and spring (see pics).

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

But enough context – what is the adventure we’re inviting you to join virtually?

Celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary at Chateau de Picomtal at the southern end of Parc National des Écrins.   Hiking on the edge of the Mediterranean between the five picturesque villages of Cinque Terre, Italy.  Eating and drinking our way through the Piedmont area of northern Italy (home of the Slow Food movement).  Finishing up with a supported week-long trek in the Chamonix area in view of Mont Blanc.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Butterfield Canyon, Oquirrh Mountains

In addition to my Black Diamond trekking poles and Gregory pack, I’ll be taking a new AFib-related gadget along.  It’s a mobile heart monitor – an iPhone case that can take and store an ECG (you just hold your fingers to the two metal pads on the case when you feel an unusual heart rhythm); you can share the ECG with your cardiologist at your next office visit or send it immediately through the phone.  Of course, I won’t need to use the gadget because I am now permanently in regular rhythm.  But especially for AFib sufferers who go in and out of normal sinus rhythm, the mobile heart monitor can provide valuable evidence to help doctors diagnose and solve your problem.

We’ll be sharing stories and pics from this summer’s adventure every few days.  Feel free to post your comments on the blog itself, or email us at    

Butterfield Canyon, Oquirrh Mountains
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