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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Looking back - Looking forward

Looking back at the last two weeks I’m sure glad we decided to stay in Mazatlan this year. Would have hated to have everything happen in a little town without a hospital or a town where we didn’t know any one.
Also I learned that I am still capable of doing things for myself. I discovered driving here wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. In fact this morning I kind of enjoyed driving to WalMart and back. I learned to dump the tanks – not rocket science I’ve just never been interested – why should I? Also using the ATM here – no problem and taking the pulmonias and busses. I can figure out where to get off, get my change and catch the right bus. And negotiate for the pulmonia and taxi rides. It is so easy to get in the habit of “Bill does that.” Just had to put on my big girl pants and do it. It’s good for me every once in a while.
It seems like this has been going on forever but actually it started three weeks ago yesterday when Bill woke up from his nap with a fever and chills. Then three days of seeing docs and not being sure what it was. This was not the doctors fault – it was lack of communication on Bills part. Once diagnosed things were on the 28th things moved right along. Again medical care was very good. Our insurance picked up all but our US$300 deductable and a small percentage of about US$1000.  Nine days in hospital, two ambulance rides – back and forth to operating hospital. 24 hour nurses – all kinds of doctors and blood work. Medicines and operation.
I cannot thank enough all of you who have given us good thoughts through out this – both here on the blog, on Facebook and via e-mail. It really helped both Bill and me to get through this adventure.  
Also our friends here in Mazatlan who came to visit and drove us around. And the people in the RV park who were concerned and offered all kinds of help. From rides, picking up groceries and offers to dump our tanks.
Please, please everyone out there who is a man or knows or loves a man – have him visit his doctor if he has any signs of enlarging prostrate. This is not something any one should have to go through.
Yesterday he went to the surgeon and got an all clear. Still has to rest and drink lots of fluid. No heavy stuff for four weeks. So maybe around the first week in April we’ll be able to start the long journey home. Hopefully by then it has stopped snowing in the Midwest. Just about time for the tornados to start.
This morning I went to WalMart while he was napping and got some groceries – including finally – my cookies. Then home for rest of day. Luis the barber just came by so I got my hair cut – it was needing it again. About US$6 with tip.
And then a 28 rig caravan came in and they all parked here in the back. So much for our peace and quiet area. They’ll be here five days. Hopefully they will be gone on tours a lot. Seem to be all French Canadians as all I hear spoken is French.
From now on we’ll just take it one day at a time. Each day he improves and gets his strength back – so soon he should be his old self. Raring to go. 


  1. So glad to hear things are going well. Didn't have any doubt you can handle all the new things you have been doing. Everyone who travels with a spouse should be paying attention and making sure that they can do everything connected with the rig "just in case" because you never know when you might be called upon to take over. It's too cold to be in Indiana anyway.

  2. Have been following your adventure with Bill and so very glad that all seems to be well with both of you. Carol, I think you are a very strong woman and could cope with just about anything. thanks for sharing this with all of us - you have probably educated some "hard headed" men in the process!

  3. so glad you got an all clear!! you know they say behind every man stands a strong woman !! you've got this !! keep getting better !! hugs !!

  4. Finally have a connection here in Cabo and so happy to see all is good. Back in US tomorr