Not Giving In

Day 45:  Peru

Shout out to my Aunt Dale.  Today is her birthday!  I hope you have the most amazing day.  You inspire me each day to keep going.  Your love for travel and watching you take on the US inspires me.  Thank you so much for being my theatre buddy and playing a huge role in introducing me to something that has truly become one of my greatest loves in this world. 

Today is also International Down syndrome day.  I was rocking my crazy socks in Lima today.  If you don't know about Down syndrome day you are probably wondering what that means.  I’m not exactly sure where it originated, but every year on Down syndrome day people wear crazy socks.  If you don’t know this already, individuals with Down syndrome hold a special place in my heart.  I have had the opportunity and privilege to meet some of the most incredible individuals with Down syndrome through GiGi’s Playhouse.  GiGi’s Playhouse is an amazing organization that offers free programming to individuals with Down syndrome and their families. I had the honor of working for them for about a year.  In that process I also met Nancy Gianni the founder, who has since become one of my greatest mentors.  GiGi herself is one of the most amazing individuals I have ever met.  If you have not had the opportunity to work with or meet individuals with Down syndrome, I highly recommend it.  They have the most positive outlooks on life and are some of life's greatest teachers.

While repping my crazy socks I headed to my doctor's appointment.  Unlike in the US, there was no wait.  I was seen right away.  I told the doctor my symptoms and she examined me.  She diagnosed me with a respiratory infection and prescribed me with an antibiotic and 2 other medications.  One for pain and the other, a decongestant.  I was in and out in 30 minutes, including the time it took to fill my prescriptions.  After all was said and done, it cost me $100 for my visit and prescriptions.  I think thats pretty amazing.

I apparently don't know what it means to take a break.  After my doctors appointment I met Brian at the mall for lunch.  Again, I had no appetite, but I was going to make it through the day.  

After the mall, we headed to the tattoo parlor for our appointments.  I was so excited because this tattoo artist said that he could create my vision for a steal.  For four hours I watched my vision come to life on my arm, a watercolor map of the world.  I equate four hour tattoos to Lifetime movies, there is pain, there is joy, there are tears, etc.  I could not be happier with my new ink.  

After my four hours it was Brian’s turn.  I was determined to wait for him because he waited for me.  I was exhausted and my body was shutting down and I fell asleep in the tattoo shop.  All I really wanted was my bed.  After Brian’s tattoo was finished thats exactly where I went.  By that time it was after 9pm anyways.  

I decided that tomorrow I will spend the day in bed.  It saddens me to make this decision as I really want to see Lima, but I am determined to be better for Machu Picchu in a few days.  

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