Let’s Play a Little Catch Up!

So I got to St Charles, my buddy Jill’s place. And I wasn’t feeling quite right. We waited until the next day to go unload the truck and I nearly passed out unloading. That’s not like me.

That night I took my temperature and it was 101.7. I kinda panicked a little. I was super tired, my left lung hurt when I breathed/coughed. Sneezing was out of the question. It even hurt to hiccup!

COVID-19 was on my mind.

I had just traveled across the country and interacted with so many people. But really, I wasn’t coughing that much and I know this pain in my lung. I get it nearly every year in November. Not this past November so I thought my Bronchitis and Pneumonia were just late in arriving.

I tried to go to the urgent care down the street and it was closed. So I went back to Jill’s and got in bed.

The next morning I went to urgent care and they did a chest x-ray and confirmed it was pneumonia. They also did a flu test and ruled out I had the flu. The doctor still wanted me to get a COVID-19 test to make sure it wasn’t that.

I got my test scheduled for Tuesday. It’s Wednesday. Clearly they were super concerned about me actually having it.

The doctor gave me two different antibiotic and I started taking them that night.

A few days later, with lots of rest and soup, I started feeling better. By the time Tuesday came around I felt nearly 100% better!

I’ll have stories to add as the days go on but I gave myself permission to not keep up with the blog while I recovered.

Oh, and 6 days later, I got my results – no COVID-19 for me.

One last leg…

I got to sleep in Aimee’s old room last night. It’s so cutely decorated!! It was so comfortable! When I get my own place I do have to buy a bed and THAT mattress on that bed is what I am going to buy! I felt like Goldie Locks in the Three Bears story and that bed was “just right”. I slept so good! I didn’t want to wake up when my alarm went off. I was tied from all the excitement the last 2 days getting here! I was excited last night and couldn’t fall asleep right away when I went to bed. But none of that mattered. Kelly and Randy were still going into work and I needed to get on the road and on to my final stop – my friend Jill’s house in St Charles, MO.

I tried to stay behind, but Michele came back for me!

I got all my stuff gathered up, asked Randy about where to get gas, plugged in Jill’s address and was off! Because of the direction I parked the truck last night, I had to circle the neighborhood a little bit. Boy was I glad I did! I realized I forgot Tyson!! He was up on the mantle in Kelly and Randy’s living room. Good thing I remember or I would have been super sad!! I circled back around and pick up my little buddy and THEN I was on the road again!!

Randy said the QuikTrips seemed to have the best fuel prices right now. Randy and Kelly both work for FedEx. I trust their knowledge of fuel prices around town! I stopped for gas and a new diet pepsi at the QuikTrip in Tulsa OK. It was still over cast, and it made me a little sleepy. But I was excited to get on the road and on to Jill’s house.

Half a tank of gas later, a few phone calls to my friends and it was time to stop again.

It seems like all I did was get gas, listen to books on Audible and snack. I brought so much food I didn’t even make a dent in everything!! Anyway, I stopped at the I got the TA Truck Service and got the cutest toys for the grandkids!! If you see them, don’t tell them, but while I was in there I found the cutest Hillbilly Cell Phones. It was the cutest little thing and Bentli, my grandson is just convinced that at the ripe old age of 8, he needs a cell phone. Mind you, this child has been Facetiming me in the middle of the night, when he wakes up from a bad dream on his iPad since he was 2. Yes, I said 2. Sweetest calls ever. And I cherish those. Anyway, I think they will make fun birthday presents so I get one for him and one for Brooklynn, my granddaughter, who is also 8. More on them later.

Love’s Travel Plaza Rolla, MO. mcDonald’s

I was starting to not feel so great. I thought maybe it was because I hadn’t really had any meat for nearly 3 days. I did have my peanut butter sandwiches yesterday and the day before, but no meat, like beef or chicken or fish. So I thought I would try to find somewhere that I could get a burger or chicken nuggets. The drive throughs were open, but I couldn’t pull my 10′ truck with a car in tow through the drive through.

It’s a real concern for these truck drivers too. Even the “restaurants” in these truck stops were at bare minimum. I felt bad ordering a meal from there for fear what if they ran out for the truck drivers. Anyway, I was thrilled that the Loves in Rolla had a McDonald’s that had a lobby open. I went in and got a burger. Of course, with my dumb stomach, I could only eat about 1/2 the burger and then I felt like throwing up. I’ll tell you more about my dumb stomach another time.

I was back on the road and I was just sooooo tired. I didn’t want to stop because I wanted to just get to Jill’s. So I called my mom to talk to her and try to stay awake. It just wasn’t working. I had to stop at Dottie’s Family Restaurant and park over in the truck rest area there and nap for about an hour.

I initially thought it was because my siblings had kept me up late the last 2 nights and I was up so early to get on the road and continue my journey. But in reality, it was that I was coming down with pneumonia. I had this sharp pain in my left lung when I breathed in. I get it about every year. Usually with a nasty cough. And I get a chest x-ray and am told I have pneumonia and bronchitis. With all this COVID-19 stuff going around, I didn’t want to bother anyone with my ailment.

Anyway, I took about an hour nap and felt so much better and was able to get back on the road again. Did I mention it was POURING down rain! Like so bad there were times I couldn’t really see the road all that well either. I was hoping the rain would let up while I slept, but it didn’t. It always seems to rain when I move.

Made it!

I continued to listen to my books, snack on my snacks and before I knew it, I was finally to Jill’s house!! Yay!!

I have known Jill since about 7th grade. I am so thankful to be at her house for this brief time so I can find an apartment of my own and start my new leg of this journey I call life.

It’s the first day of the rest of my life!!

On the Road Again….

Wakey-wakey!

Oh I was still so excited to get to my family in Broken Arrow that in spite of the fact that I was up until 11pm talking to my sister, Kelly, on the phone, I couldn’t go back to sleep when I got up at about 6am to pee.

So I got on the road.

Today I decided to listen to a book I have on Audible. It’s called Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals, by Rachel Hollis.

Now, I hate reading for pleasure. It has always seemed like a waste of my time. It’s boring. It’s not active. And there’s always so much to get done. However, I do admire people that can sit down and actually read a novel. I know, it’s weird. I just can’t.

But I found a solution.

I’m part of, er, was part of a group at work called The Authentic Leadership Circle. It was about finding and being your best self. In this group, we decided to look at the Enneagram. They gave each of us a book called The Essential Enneagram: The Definitive Personality Test and Self-Discovery Guide — Revised & Updated. My heart sank because I REALLY wanted to learn more about me, and those around me, but it was a book…. to read. So I did some digging and found two other great books. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery and The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships. They both came print AND on Audible AND they had study guides. Perfect! And that was the start to my audible addiction. And to my self improvement journey. More about the Enneagram another day.

Now back to the story…

So I opened up my Audible App on my phone and started playing this book. It’s narrated by the author. And let me tell you, she sounds exactly how she looks on the cover of the book.

I started listening to the book. It’s neat because she is so open and raw and honest. You really feel like she’s a girl friend of yours over for wine after a big disaster in your life and she’s giving you advice. And I’m listening. The first part of the book is all about excuses to let go of. You know, things that are keeping you from working on OR EVEN SETTING your goals. And I’m like, yes, I need to do that.

Part of my personality is if I think I’m not going to be perfect and the best at what I set out to do, I’m not even going to try.

This is where, if you have read the Enneagram stuff, I think I’m a 3w4 sx.

So I’m listening and going, yeah, I’m 50 years old. What do I have to lose? Why do I have to be the best or perfect? I just gotta start and work it as I go along.

One of the things I have wanted to do since I learned they existed was start a blog that will make me some money so I can travel the country in my RV, writing more stuff on my blog that is making me money. I only need $500 for my park membership, about $1200 for food, and enough money to get me gas and repairs on my RV. And I don’t want to be chasing the money when the RV breaks down. Because it will, They just do.

So I’m listening and thinking, yeah, I am going to base my blog about this journey I’m on right now! I had already started the first post before I left my mom’s. I just gotta keep it going. And so I am!

Listening to her book was super motivating. The only annoying part was I was driving so I couldn’t take notes. I’ll listen to it again.

I forgot to fill up with gas right after I left the hotel. So I stopped at the Loves in Tucumcari New Mexico. I love the Loves chain. Always clean and friendly. Today’s weather? Rain with a chance of rain. It was raining.

I actually was so caught up in listening to my book that I passed the half tank mark and was nearly down to a quarter of a tank when I stopped next. Gas was only $1.59 per gallon at Loves Truck Stop in Erick, OK.

My next gas stop was the Love’s Travel Stop in Oklahoma City, OK. It was still raining and gas was $1.46 per gallon here! While I’m there, I get quarters for the toll roads between here and St Louis. They quarters are what’s in the little brown bag next to Tyson.

I got to my first toll booth. It was raining. There was a gal in the booth so I stopped and said hi and she proceeded to tell me it was going to be $12.75 for the toll. I sais, “What? At the truck stop they told me $10 in quarters would get me all the way to St Charles, MO!” She proceeded to tell me how because I’m driving a 10′ truck towing a car on a dolly, it’s $12.75. I’ll bet at Loves they thought I was just driving a car. So I asked if I could pay with a card. She said they didn’t take cards and gave me a receipt to take to another toll booth at the exit with the Walmart where there’s an ATM machine that I can get cash out.

So off I went to the Bristow, OK exit with the Walmart. The pass though the toll both there, the lady was a little cranky. She told me how to get around to the Walmart from there. I suddenly remembered doing this same thing when my ex-husband and I move to Green Bay, WI. I got in and got cash and got back over to the toll booth to pay my bill. And on to the next stop – my sisters! I wonder if my other siblings will come see me too!!

I didn’t need to stop for gas to make it there! I did have a few more tolls to pay, but none as much as the first one. I felt prepared. It was raining still and I had now switched to another Audible book, The Road Back to You.

I got there! I was so excited! It was still raining. But I didn’t care!! I was with family! I was at my sister, Kelly’s, house. Her husband, Randy, came home from work shortly after I got there. My other sister, Kim, came over. Her husband, Craig, was home cooking dinner but sent his love. Yancy, my brother, came in next. It was so good to see him too. And then my other brother, Tim, and his wife, Theresa, came in last.

It was so great to catch up and talk about just be in each other’s presence. I am REALLY looking forward to being able to travel this summer and go hang out with them on the weekends. Yancy and Tim have a house out on a lake in the area and they are always posting these great pictures on their Facebook pages and everyone looks so happy. I can’t wait to be a part of that happiness!

Soon it was time for everyone to go on home and get ready to turn in for the night.