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 10/19/2008 9:51 AM
Hi everyone,
I've been out of commission for a week. Got back from camping over the beautiful long weekend and was supposed to work on Monday but ended up in the emergency room with severe pain - the result of a botched abdominal proceedure three years ago - and spent the last week in the hospital. I'll spare you the gorey details, but it wasn't fun. Am now back to normal (or as normal as I ever get - LOL) and will go back to work tomorrow (10/20/08).
I've been catching up on reading posts and enjoyed Chris photos and stories enroute to Coffeville. Those high water flood marks are scarry!
So it's good to be back and reading everyones posts and dreaming of traveling - although I probably won't take the trailer out again this fall - it's getting cold here in NH and she will have to be winterized pretty soon.
Been reading a great book called Native Roads by Fran Kosik which is a detailed listing of all the routes in Navajo country and what to see and how to find it. It's designed to use as a travel guide - but it's a fun primer for armchair traveling and planning for the future.
Louisa & Jasper Joy

Louisa & Jasper Joy 28'2007 Airstream 2002 GMC 4x4 5.3 liter shortbed pickup
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 10/19/2008 9:59 AM
Hi, Louisa,
I hope things get better for you. To go from camping to the hospital couldn't have been a lot of fun. I'm glad things are getting close to back to normal.
Thank you for the compliments on my "travelogue." Buying that little digital camera was probably the smartest thing I did before beginning to fulltime last year as I've been able to save so many wonderful memories of places I've seen. Chris 2006 Forest River Lexington, 23 ft

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 10/19/2008 11:46 AM
Awwww, Louisa...I am so sorry you've been in the hospital. I hope you are feeling really good now, or if not..will SOON!
Chris, I agree with you, buying that camera was a good thing for ALL of us, as I've REALLY enjoyed your photographic travel logs!!
Cool at 53* here this morning--- I just love it!
Have a wonderful day, All!

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 10/19/2008 1:39 PM
Louisa, Sorry to hear about your hospital stay and having to go through all the 'gory stuff'. I'm praying that you will stay healthy and continue to heal. Thanks for letting us know. Take care. Lenora & Choco

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 10/19/2008 6:58 PM
Hi Louisa, I was wondering what had happened to you since you hadn't posted in awhile. So sorry about your hospitalization; so glad you're home & on your way to recovery. Take care of you & Jasper Joy! Liz & Jack(4 legged)
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 10/19/2008 7:55 PM
Thanks to all of you for your nice wishes - it's nice to be missed!
Today I've been studying my owners manual for the trailer. When I bought it I got a briefcase full - literally - of stuff about all the appliances and a fat owner's manual which goes on in great detail about everything. It's a winter's worth of reading and it's mostly tedious wading through all the precautions about not disabling the smoke alarm and other such common sense stuff - I got a pretty complete tour and training at the dealer's, but it was a lot to absorb and I'd forgotten where the water pump is located and where the drain cocks are for winterizing it. So I've been having a refresher course. I just love knowing how everything works so I can maybe stay on top of things and when there's a problem at least know where to look to try and figure it out or prevent it from getting worse until I can get somebody to fix it.
I agree Chris that your camera is great and I like the photos of the informative plaques at the historical sites - an easy way and very efficient way to be able to refresh ones memory - I'll remember that.
Saw something that made me laugh: All men are animals, some make better pets.
Louisa & Jasper Joy (who is really glad that Mom is home!) This message was edited by Pudentane on 10-19-08 @ 6:59 PM

Louisa & Jasper Joy 28'2007 Airstream 2002 GMC 4x4 5.3 liter shortbed pickup
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 10/20/2008 9:26 PM
So sorry to hear you have been ill. I know you enjoyed your camping time away from work. At least you have your RV there to escape in every once in awhile. I was tied to the stick house until I retired. I love fulltiming in my Class C. Sorry you had to go back to work. OB44

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 10/20/2008 9:49 PM
Sorry to hear you were ill but I'm glad you're back to "normal" (what IS normal ?? HA !!) Isn't the amount of info you get with a RV just insane !?! I have a mountain of it !!! You'd think they could condense it somehow or better yet give you the option of receiving the info on a computer disk. Trudy, Molly & Murphy 37' Montana 5th wheel - "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"

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 10/21/2008 9:26 AM
The saga continues!
Monday morning I woke up at 2 a.m hot and thirsty. The city water here is full of chemicals so I don't drink it. Came downstairs to get a drink. My house is an 1870's victorian- 10' ceilings and hence a long steep staircase. On the way back to bed I lost my balance at the top of the stairs and came hurtling down like a windmill backwards and ended up in a heap on the floor with my right leg under me. I was shaken and a little stunned - but nothing seemed to be broken and I picked myself up - found the frames and lenses to my glasses and put them back together and went back to bed. When I got up to go to work my right ankle and knee hurt like H*** and I couldn't walk on them. After a while I decided that it was maybe serious and my friend took me to the emergency room. We joked that she should get a red light for the top of her car and have it lettered "Louisa's Ambulance" - it was the second time in a week she'd taken me to the emergency room. X-rays showed no breaks - thank heavens and I came home with pain killers, crutches and an ankle support.
It's much better today and I can put a little weight on it to use the crutches more easily - and it's stopped hurting.
I'm so grateful I didn't break anything and have to be in a cast for six to eight weeks and out of work - which would pinch the finances badly. I should be able to go back to work in a day or two. I'd rather not, but like everybody I have bills to pay.
So just call me Calamity Jane!

Louisa & Jasper Joy This message was edited by Pudentane on 10-21-08 @ 8:26 AM

Louisa & Jasper Joy 28'2007 Airstream 2002 GMC 4x4 5.3 liter shortbed pickup
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 10/21/2008 10:24 AM
Well, Calamity Jane -
I was going to post how sorry I was to hear about your hospital stay, but it was good to have you back. Now I'll post how sorry I am you fell down the stairs, but how lucky you didn't hurt yourself more! Try not to do anything else before I get to post this!
Seriously, take it easy for awhile and heal everywhere!
I still like Pudentane. You wouldn't want to live up to Jane's name.
Evie with fur people, Spike & Pia and "Flitter", 26' Itasca Spirit

Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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