The Devil thought he was immortal

February 26, 2017

Up to August 6th, The Devil thought he was immortal. No more. That day he was on a bicycle in boca raton, and was hit by a car. My wife was biking with me, but she was ahead and wondered where I was. By the time she found me, I was unconscious and a long recovery began. I was with no consciousness for almost a month. I went to two additional hospitals and lived with tubes for a while.

It has been six months…

I spent time in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital.  I first remember waking up and noticed that people were very happy I was there. That is how close I came.

Since then it has been a fight to recover. I am better but not fine. And I have discovered I am not immortal but mortal.

Whether I want it or not.

People have been amazing. Truly amazing!

I have heard from so many people! Some I had fogotten about!

Classmates of mine from elementary school got together and took a picture of themselves with a sign wishing me a speedy recovery. It has been remarkable!

I must say I never heard biking was so dangerous, not one of the trips I took said it. I thought it was safe! I went down a volcano in Hawaii at 65 mph!

But The Devil is better. Not perfect, but recovering! Slowly, but surely!

It has been six moths, but I am improving, albeit slowly!

Will I ever be the same? I don’t know, but I will work hard. For my family, my friends and co workers. For my wife. They believed in me, I will show them.

I may never get back to performing the same. But people have shown they liked me. My life was not a waste. I will bring this blog back! And the orchid blog too! My country is no longer viable. I wonder what would have happened if it had happened there! But it would have made me not functional, so I try not to think about that.

So your Devil is back! Reduced but I will try to improve.

Thanks to the people at Healthsouth Rehab, Sunrise, Fl who took me in so warmly and without knowing me have brought me back! I will make them proud!



72 Responses to “The Devil thought he was immortal”

  1. Adriana Bermudez Says:

    I wish you a total recovery, with the help of your love ones you will do it.

  2. Says:

    So pleased to hear you are recovering, and your realization of how much you were missed… Including this Blog!!!

    Saludos y gracias…

    Pete White US: +1-281-928-5036 UK: +44-20-3289-2315 >

  3. Gilberto Arrieche Says:

    I am so happy to have you back!!!
    Keep working in your recovery
    We all missed you so much

  4. lordonezv Says:

    !Que alegría! Adelante… Un gran abrazo

  5. Maria Says:

    Glad to hear from you again, devil. Godspeed on your recovery!

  6. Edzar Rodriguez Says:

    Muy bien, Mr. Devil, espero mejore y vuelva a sus rutinas, sus apreciados consejos financieros y puntos de vista.

  7. Miguel Muy emocionante leer tu nota. Espero tu recuperación, lo mejor posible. Ya te leeremos en tu blog y sabremos de tus percepciones y análisis sobre esta zona tórrida tan destartalada y descompuesta.

    Un gran saludo


    ___________ Enviado desde iPhone

  8. Daveed Says:

    Awesome to hear from you! Good luck on your continued recovery.

  9. Graciela Pantin Says:

    Querido amigo, extrañe la ausencia del Diablo…pero conociendote sabia que estarías en otros menesteres también complejos. Maravilloso tu recuento y esperanzadora la energía y el talento que compartes. Estoy segura que continuarás divulgando lo que sabías y lo que a partir de ahora conoces mejor. Gracias.

  10. rafaelg13 Says:

    Thanks for all you have taught me Miguel, people like you don’t deserve such things but such is life. I will always be really grateful to have stumble upon this blog.

  11. Nigel Yates Says:

    great news,I wish you a full recovery.

  12. Ricardo Says:

    Great to see you back, Miguel!

  13. Carlos Says:

    Welcome Back! I’m absolutely glad you recovered.

  14. Teresa Says:

    Dearest Miguel
    Your strength, persistence and positivism are simply out of this world… and so are you. You’re so important to me. I’ve watched your recovery and I am simply in awe. Love you brother.

  15. Pateicia A González Says:

    Happy to know you are well on your way to being well and whole again! I can tell your spirit and intellect remain intact! Welcome back! I am looking forward to many years of your incisive and excellent articles! Warm regards.

  16. Speedy recovery and best wishes.

  17. Mel Jove Says:

    Glad to see you are back. The devil strikes again! You were sorely missed.

  18. Manuel Gomez Says:

    Glad to see you back… wish you health Amigo

    Manuel Gomez Rubio, CFA

    Horizon Asset Management

    Eichtalboden 85

    5400 Baden


    Tel 0041(56)2224655

    Cel 0041(79)6389270

  19. Good to know you are recovering. Best wishes to you and your family.

  20. Javier Perez Says:

    Estimado Miguel,
    Muchos años te he seguido desde California siguiendo las descripciones y tus pensamientos de cómo nuestro país a implotado. Te deseo pensamientos de paz y salud… te los mereces.

  21. Jim P. Says:

    Glad to have you back and writing again, Miguel. Hang in there and keep improving. You’ll recover much faster than Venezuela will, alas. Un gran abrazo!

  22. Be blessed and stay well. You shall recover
    , but you most likely will be a different self

  23. Carlos Says:

    Gracias Dios y a tu esfuerzo saldrás adelante. Espero escucharte pronto.

  24. Patricia Paris Says:

    Octavio , me alegro que estes de regreso, no sabes cuanta falta han hecho tus comentarios, los calculos de la arepa y mil cosas mas!!! Que bueno saber que mejoras y de mi persona los mejores deseos de que asi continues!

  25. Charlie Says:

    Welcome back Miguel! Hope you get well soon. Take your time, no nee to rush into things until you’re fully recovered.

  26. robhmcbride Says:

    Nice to have you back my devilish 👿 friend… Glad you didn’t cross on over the other side… 😉

  27. Keyla Lazardi Says:

    YES Miguel! You are back and we are all so incredibly happy and thankful. Knowing your perseverance I am confident that it will be a matter of time for you to be at your fullest. Tons of love from Julio and I

  28. Pablo Roa Says:


    Sigue tu proceso de recuperación. Sin prisa, pero siempre avanzando.

    Todos apostamos por ti y sabemos de lo que eres capaz,

    Welcome back Devil!

  29. Marines Says:

    Hola Miguel es Marinés. Acabo de leer tu artículo y quedé totalmente conmovida. Eres una persona increíble. Muchas personas incluyéndome, aprendemos de tí con tanta sabiduría y humildad.
    Juan Pablo, Sofia y yo siempre estamos pendiente de tí y pedimos mucho por tu recuperación.
    Con mucho cariño y admiración 🙂
    Un fuerte abrazo

  30. David Pritchard Says:

    Hi We are glad to hear that you are recovering
    from your accident . We live in South Africa
    and stayed in Venezuela from 2007/20010
    We loved the country and people and seriously
    considered settling there until Chavez
    got out of hand.He unfortunately has an
    elevated status here by our politicians
    who think he could do no harm.
    We missed your blogs and wish you a full
    Dave and Dawn

  31. Jim Black Says:

    Miguel, I wish you a continued recovery from your accident. Everyone is pulling for you! … Jim and Gwen

  32. Marielena Says:

    Orgullosisima de lo que has logrado y se que vas a seguir avanzando te quiero muchisimo

  33. Godela Abreu Says:

    Qué alegría saberte ya tan
    recuperado! Todo lo mejor ! Godela

  34. Miguel!
    You are back! We are so happy to hear from you, God bless you!
    Love you,
    Raul & Kika

  35. Tomas Beard Says:

    Life is precious. My wife (una Venezuelana) continue to pray for you, her family and all of the Venezuelan people. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo!

  36. Linda Sonderman Says:

    I am glad that you are back – many probably most who read your blog did not know anything about your accident. However, you are the second person we know who was hit by a car in So. Florida while bicycle riding. Do be careful and will pray for your continued recovery.


  37. luis Says:

    Hola Miguel estoy por subir, y nos tomaremos un Rioja de los que tanto te gustan muchos saludos a Katty y Alfredo quien siempre me tuvo al tanto de todo

  38. Carol Says:

    So happy to have you back! May you continue to thrive!!

  39. Leopoldo Aguerrevere Says:


    Gracias a Dios que ya estés ya recuperado del accidente y espero que pronto re-tomaras Tus actividades cotidianas entre ellas tus notas de las cuales soy asiduo lector.

    Un abrazo.

    Leopoldo (polo)Aguerrevere. ;saludos a Kathy

    Enviado desde mi iPad

    > El 26 feb. 2017, a las 12:15, The Devil’s Excrement escribió: > > >

  40. Nicolaas Smith Says:

    Miguel, I am very glad you are back. Good luck with the rest of the recovery.

  41. Augusto Pinaud Says:

    Querido Tío…

    No sabes lo que me alegra verte de regreso. Poco a poco desde estas distancias seguimos tu mejoría.

    Quien con admiración te saluda


  42. Nice knowing you’re again writing. Congrats and welcome to your passions. Expecting for your excellent posts I desire your complete recovery

  43. Pablo Says:

    Soooo glad to read you again. Sigue trabajando duro y cuenta con nosotros para todo lo que necesites. Un abrazo. Hope to see you soon.

  44. Pepe D. Urum Says:

    Lamento mucho su accidente, pero me contenta mucho saber que ya esta mejor y recuperandose. Salud.


  45. Ál varo Requena Says:

    Así es que debemos ser todos, porfiados en la salud y en l;a voliuntad. Siempre para adelante. Esa es la verdadera defini ción de “RESILIENCY”.
    A la espera del AREPA INDEX…

  46. Tomate Says:

    Me da mucho gusto leerte otra vez. Gracias a Dios ya esta mejor. Te deseo lo mejor

  47. Amado Lopez.Cuanto Says:

    A very touching come back.My best whishes for your full recoger y.

  48. Marisabel Marcano Says:

    Qué bueno que estás de vuelta, siempre pendiente de ti, un abrazo y mis mejores deseos y oraciones para que sigas adelante

  49. Paula H Says:

    Miguel! So happy to hear that you are doing so well. PA lante, por qué para atrás ni para coger impulso!!! Muchos saludos y Abrazos!

  50. Marilu VCLF Says:

    Gracias po estr de regreso. Animo.

    Yo también he estado impedida y todavía en recuperación, pagando el precio deestar todavía aquí.



  51. Leopoldo Hellmund Says:

    Querido Miguel: todos los que te queremos y admiramos, te damos la bienvenida.

    No sabiebndo nada de ti, revisada tu blog esperando un dia ver la sorpresa…llego hoy y te felicito.

    Ejemplar fuerza! Sigue adelante. Lo peor ya paso. Ahora sigue compartiendo con los que te seguimos tu sana filosfia.

    Leopoldo Hellmund

  52. Carlos Reitze Says:

    Querido Miguel , que emoción poder leerte nuevamente ! A través de Jimmy (primo de María Eugenia) nos mantenemos al tanto de tu recuperación y también por supuesto por Carolina. Lento pero seguro…. Adelante campeón !!

    Carlos A. Reitze

    Sent from my iPad


  53. Miguel, at my age, I was pleasantly surprised to read your post today!
    I have never even considered that something like what happened to you is even posible but it obviously is.
    I am glad for you and your family that you have found the strength to comeback with a new appreciation of life after such a terrible accident.
    As a loyal reader, I may not have the chance to meet you in person as so many of the people that posted before me have but, I am thankful for the opportunity to share in your insight and wisdom in regards to Venezuela, a subject dear to both of our hearts.
    So get well and I hope to read from you soon!

  54. David Goldstein Says:

    Antes de ti, no me importaba ni diablos ni la excremento, pero gracias a ti mantengo la esperanza que algun dia Venezuela subira. El analisis inteligente y creativo (the arepa index, port activity) y la falta de miedo por documentar los (multiplos) fallos del Chavismo merecen algun premio.
    Te deseo suerte y fuerzas en el camino hacia Diablo Normal, te debemos una deuda por “hablar la verdad al poder” para q’ ni Hugo, ni Maduro y sus pajaritos, ni Al Aissami logren sea lo que sea, la verdad vale y tu, Diablo volvera,porque vas a poder volver a montar esa bici.
    Te espero ver en tu blog.
    Cuidate y gracias

  55. Diablillo, what a pleasure to read this post! We missed you, but most of all, we were very worried. When I say “we”, I’m including my family… they don’t know you but have become a household word. Very, very happy for your progress. Keep improving, pa’lante siempre! My best for you and your wife, that wonderful woman is gold. Un abrazo!

  56. mariaoctavio Says:

    Este es mi amado hermano. Un ejemplo de tesón y empeño. Estoy feliz de todo su progreso. Su amor por la vida, su esposa, su familia y amigos lo han hecho salir adelante de una forma impresionante. Te quiero hemano querido

  57. Moises Says:

    Bienvenido, y que sigas mejorando!

  58. Ira Says:

    Damn, damn, damn.

    I’m so happy you’re up and about!

  59. Hu Says:

    Terrific to have you back!

  60. Alexis Says:

    Welcome back! Take your time, take care of yourself, we’ll still be around. 🙂

  61. Jose L Marcos Says:

    Happy to have youback

  62. Dean A Nash Says:

    Miguel, you always have such a great attitude, all the while presenting the facts dispassionately, but accurately.

    We’ve missed this from you. And of course, your wisdom. Needles to mention your insights gained from your lifetime of experiences. And mostly, your love. Of life. Of liberty. And of Venezuela. Your voice echos out to all of us, like a beacon on a hill.

    Take your time, hold your family even closer, and when you’ve the time and strength, come share with us. We’ll be here.

  63. Johannes Says:

    Hope you will get better fast!

    A fan of yours from HongKong,


  64. TV Says:

    Yay, welcome back!

  65. Querido Miguel, sigue luchando y demostrándonos lo fuerte y grande que eres. Te queremos y necesitamos. Un fuerte abrazo desde Barcelona de Mariela, los niños y mío.

  66. Noel Says:

    Miguel! Such great news to hear from you, that you are doing fine and continuing to improve. We all root for you (and your physiotherapist). Clearly, the countdown for a brand new post on your blog has started. I stay tuned. All the best!


  67. gds Says:

    Excellent news!

  68. Maria Eugenia Bermudez-Samiei Says:

    Best wishes from an avid reader of the Devil’s blog in Vienna, Austria. Hang in there!

  69. Margo Gutierrez Says:

    OMG, we’ve never met but I wish for your continued recovery. Don’t know where you live, but ‘m in Austin and if I can do anything for you and your family, please let me know.

    Margo Gutierrez

    Sent from my iPhone


  70. Dorothy Whittembury Says:

    Que bueno que el diablo esta nuevamente con nosotros ! Saludos, Dorothy Whittembury

    Sent from my iPad

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