Oscar gave me the best advice ever, "Remember #1". You have to take care of yourself to be of any service to others.
Yesterday, I took care of numero uno.
Yesterday, I became a permanent resident of Costa Rica. Trust me, it was not easy.
I won't go into all the details or the expense of the whole ordeal and the time/energy involved, I'll just say that although I look the same, I feel different having finally obtained permanent residency. Pura Vida.