A postscript written at breakfast before posting: Too bad I didn't bring the cable to download photos on this laptop. The view is amazing, the blue sky, abundance of greenery, and colorful flowers in bloom are a delight to the eyes. I think I am now in a safe place at last, and have to wait out the process of recovery with the few tools I have at my disposal. If I can borrow a cable from someone, I will post them. It makes up for a lot, although I really didn't mind looking out the window at snow.
I almost didn’t join my family in Costa Rica. For the past 2-3 weeks, once I stopped supplements and started feeling better, I was quite happy to remain at home looking out my window at the snow and ice. But since the vacation had been planned to celebrate my birthday, and since the head cold I came down with 12 days before the trip cleared up enough to travel, I didn’t feel particularly worried about mold and other exposures. I should have been.