I am a grandmother paddling alone over 2,500 miles from Maine to Guatemala. Along the way I will be:
- telling the story of the children who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump community
- honoring their entrepreneurial mothers
- talking about the success of the Safe Passage model school and
- raising funds for additional grades for the school.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Three Weeks Post Surgery: Back to Presentations, Help Needed

Deb's first presentation post-op
Feeling a little better every day.  Not yet up to snuff!  Need help to paddle the rest of the miles!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Two Weeks Post Surgery: Not Healed Enough for PT. Neck Brace Free!

Brace free!
Just had my two week check-up.  Ditch the neck brace!  Just four more weeks of healing until I can start my weeks of physical therapy.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

One Week Post Surgery: Smiling in Savannah

Steak and blue cheese pastry with tea.  Must be in England?
The first week of recovery had its ups and downs.  Instant relief from the nerve related pain in shoulder and arm is a huge up!  Severe restrictions on movement, drugged by painkillers, and discouragement over not kayaking are downs.  But plans are percolating for the rest of the expedition.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Diagnosis in Charleston, Treatment Plan and the Expedition goes Forward!

One of the more expensive images of the expedition
We finally have a diagnosis, and a treatment plan.  Expedition hosts are surrounding us with love and care.  The expedition goes forward!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Injury Update: Salt, Sun, Oysters and Possible Plans

Melancholy at the McClellanville dock
What I thought was muscle injury is likely to be a spinal problem.  This will require some creative thinking about how to proceed.

Monday, January 12, 2015

What? Another Injury?

Bad news.  My shoulder was hurting near the end of my paddle last Wednesday.  I was so glad I was taking five days off to go to Chapel Hill to visit schools, churches, a retirement center, a radio station and supporters house parties.    Sharing the stories of Safe Passage instead of kayaking was a welcome rest that I had hoped would cure my shoulder.

But after the five days, the pain is still enough to make it hard to sleep.  So I've decided I need to rest a little longer.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Back to North Carolina: Speaking Blitz

Deb and Jemma at Carolina Friends School
I'm back in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Arnie Katz organized a whirlwind tour with ten speaking engagements over three days.  I can rest in my kayak.