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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

To travel or not to travel any more.

We've had a few strange days here at home. I've spent part of the day thinking about how much I should share. 
First off we've decided to get rid of the Alfa and downsize. One of the reasons we are unloading everything out of the ALFA. We are getting older and it is just getting to be too much to handle. We are finding stuff in there that we completely forgot existed. Probably put some things in there for our first trip in it and then never used them again. We didn't get everything out of it when it was in front of the house so now we're having to go to the storage lot, put everything in the car and then drag it out of the car and put it in the garage until we decide what to do with it. Throw it out? Bring it in the house and use it? Put it in the shed and see if it will find a place in a smaller RV? This is as bad as when we moved. 
We've been looking at some 30 foot Class Cs. But haven't made up our minds yet,. Maybe we'll just travel in the future in the car. Or maybe we won't do any long distance traveling, We keep jumping around in our thinking. 
Before we went to Mexico this year we found a new doctor here in Vegas. He put me on high blood pressure medication. I was highly indigent about that. I'd NEVER had high blood pressure - it was probably because of the busy summer we had - with the move and my surgery - . He didn't agree with me and managed to scare me with words like stroke and heart attack - so I dutifully took the pills.
When I went to the doctor in Mexico for my sore throat she was very concerned about my blood pressure being extremely high. Hum??? So when we got home I made an appointment with the doctor to get it checked again. I figured I'd been taking the pills, we were home so things should be fine. Nope. It had not dropped a bit from before we left to now. In fact it had gone up a bit. So now I have to have an EKG, a Carotid Ultrasound and go see a Cardiologist. as he feels I may have Renal artery stenosis. The narrowing of one or both renal arteries. Mainly because of the suddenness of the high readings, and because the medication didn't help at all. So we shall see what is going on. He increased the dosage of the medication and today I was so tired I couldn't move. He said it didn't matter what time of day I take the pills so from now on it will be at night. I've been feeling so good it was kind of a shock to me - so haven't been in a writing mood. 
Tomorrow we get our new washer - good thing as the closet is getting full of dirty clothes. Also tomorrow I plan on making banana bread. And there is an important soccer game to watch.
But the main thing I want to do is get back to walking. Haven't done much since leaving Mazatlan. I have to figure out where my FitBit is. 
So that's my story - 

9 comments:

  1. Carol, I am so sorry to hear of your health concerns. I sure hope you get this resolved before too long. It really is important to take the blood pressure med.
    I sure hate to see you quit traveling as I love your stories and all the wonderful adventures you get to share with us.
    One thing you could think of is to fly to Mazatlan or other places in Mexico the rent a place with airBnB or Homeaway. That might be less of a hassle.
    Jan

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  2. Please take care of yourself! We quite enjoy flying and then renting a place. I think you and Bill would like that too. It's not same as having your own stuff, but still.

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  3. Wow, so much to share and thanks for all of that. I will send a separate email but know we are routing for you both, no matter which of the options you choose, just as long as one of them involves us getting to hang out with you both again!!

    Be well and take care of yourselves!! (Fitbit is probably in the Alpha!! Just sayin') Hugs!!

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  4. According to my cardiologist, seniors like us,a 20 to 30 minutes normal walk is sufficient exercise . No Fitbit required,just your watch.

    And i concur with the other readers,fly down,rent a nice appartement, rent a car. Just perfect for seniors.

    Be well, i like to follow your blog.

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  5. According to my cardiologist, seniors like us,a 20 to 30 minutes normal walk is sufficient exercise . No Fitbit required,just your watch.

    And i concur with the other readers,fly down,rent a nice appartement, rent a car. Just perfect for seniors.

    Be well, i like to follow your blog.

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  6. Oh my Carol, sorry to hear about your health issues. Don't do anything rash yet. Maybe take it easy for the summer and try not to stress about anything and then see what happens. Maybe also get a second opinion. I would sure hate to see you quit travelling as so many people depend on you for inspiration and travel advice. Either way, good luck and take care of yourself. I still hope that someday we will get to meet.

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  7. Wow, that news was a downer for sure! Follow up with the tests and treatment. High BP and Renal issues are nothing to ignore. But once you know the plan for your health, things will not look so bleak. I hope you will continue to travel near or far and continue to blog about what you see. I love to follow your blog. I will keep you in my prayers.

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  8. A few days late reading this but still wanted to add my thoughts. Hang in there and don;t make any quick decisions. Your health issues need to be sorted out first. The Alpha can be sold at anytime. Getting a smaller RV is a good idea. Things will work out eventually. Sending positive thoughts your way.

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