Thursday, June 30, 2011

Back in San Antonio. TX

When we last heard from the Happy Traills they had just had a wonderful weekend at Goliad State Park, Goliad TX.  Time to get back to New Braunfels for a new generator.  A lot has happened since then. It is hard to decide what may be of interest and what would be just too much information. Here goes.

We got back to New Braunfels and (#1) had to wait an additional 2 days for the generator to get in and when it did, we took a hotel room till the generator was changed out. All this time we had been talking to a company that does gate guarding for oil drilling sites. It is a couples job and they hire RVers to man the gates.  They had been calling and calling all during this time to see if we could go to work. We decided to take a job for a month or two to replenish the bank account after so many unexpected expenses.

When the generator was done, (#2) off we went to Carrizo Springs, TX:  also knows as Rattlesnake Flats, Scorpion Heaven and on the underground railroad for illegals coming in from Mexico.  We took over officially at 8:00 pm on  Friday night. (#3) At 3:30 am on Saturday morning I woke up with a Kidney Stone. I have never had one but Tom was sure that was what it was, having had two.  By 8:00 I was in such pain I was throwing up. I called another gatekeeper couple and asked if one of them could man the gate while Tom took me to the hospital.  Doctor ordered a CAT Scan and sure enough there was a big stone. He said drink lots of water and check back in a couple of days and gave me pain pills.

On Tuesday I went back to hospital hoping they would remove it. I did not know that Carrizo Springs did not have a urologist. They don't do surgery.  I was going to have to go to Laredo, San Antonio or Corpus Christi. (#4) I picked San Antonio because the kids are there. They shot me full of pain killers and I made the drive to San Antonio in about 2 1/2 hours, a very long drive for me. Tom had to stay on the gate.

It took them a while to get to me in the ER, but Kimberly came and got them on the case.  They admitted me for a procedure on Wednesday. I did not even know what procedure. On (#5) Wednesday they put in a Stent from kidney to help relieve the blockage that had developed. I went to Kim's on Thursday and spent the weekend with her.  On Monday (#6) I went back to the doctor to find out what was next. I finally got a plan from him.

At this point I wanted Tom to come back.  All this time he had been working in 110 deg heat on 16 hour shifts getting very little sleep and less food, no time to cook.  It had been Hell week for him. This is a whole other tale. I just said come back, I don't care if the gate is guarded or not. So he came back in time for surgery #2.

Seems the stone, about the size of his fingernail, was stuck real high up and was causing a blockage. This had really agitated the kidney and it was too inflamed to mess with.  He put in the Stent to give it time to rest and heal. (#7) This led to second surgery to remove the stone yesterday.  YAYAYA they got it all. He had to blast it apart and it took quite a while but that part is done.  He left in the Stent and will remove it (#8) on Tuesday 7/5/11 if I have no complications.

So that is the Saga of the Stone. I am praying for no complications.  We have parked in a very nice RV park and will be staying a month. I want to be completely healed and Tom wants to piddle around the coach, doing stuff for a while.  It has been a very hard month and we just need down time. Hopefully I will have good tidings when next we meet.

Happy Traills to you.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Goliad State Park, Goliad, TX – A weekend of rest

I know it has been a very long time since I have posted. I just did not have the heart for it. We have had one issue after another trying to get on the road in our new/old motorhome. From parts that were sent to Florida rather than Texas, to the latest, bad rings in the generator requiring replacement. That was Friday’s issue. We have been living in the Camping World parking lot in New Braunfels, TX waiting for the last parts to come in. Our light at the end of the tunnel said we were almost done. We were one circuit board away from Freedom. Then Tom saw the oil leak under the generator.

Upon closer inspection we discovered oil in the air filter compartment. There is not supposed to be oil in the air filter. Yesterday, when the MH was in the bay having that circuit board installed, Tom showed them the leak. Oops. Our tunnel light just went out. The General Manager at CW was really great and said he would pay the greater part of a new one but they had to order it and it would be next week. Not another week in the CW parking lot! That was not an attractive proposition. I called my sis to complain and gripe. She is pretty good at listening to that from me. She said don’t stay there; meet us at Goliad State Park for the weekend. I said ok.

So, she and J hooked up their Cedar Creek 5th wheel and headed north. We buttoned up the MH and headed south. The trip should have been great but remember we could not use the generator. With temperatures close to 100 we really needed to use the front air conditioner with the dashboard air to be comfortable. No such luck. Now remember we were going south. That meant the west sun was coming in directly on me with these great big windows. I am not sure how he always works it that way… Anyway, Tuesday morning we will head back to get the generator installed. That means we will be headed north while the sun comes in my window again.

This is a really nice park just a mile from the city of Goliad. We have full hook ups and are parked close together. Today was a great day. We got cleaned up after breakfast and went to Market Days at the city square. It is a typical Texas town with a courthouse square. It was hot but fun walking around looking at all the crafts and stuff. After nap time (did I say it was really hot?) we were treated to a great grilled mahi mahi and steak dinner. Jerry is a great cook. Tomorrow is our turn. We still have quite a bit to re-organize and put away in the MH but that is for tomorrow. Today was for no stress, no pressure and no worries. Thanks to Carol and Jerry for that. /hugs

I always share something personal or embarrassing so here goes. Sleeping with Tom is like sleeping with poured sugar. Now we have been married more than 40 years and due to my traveling we have not really slept together all that much in the past couple of years and when we have it has been in twin or king size beds. Now we have a queen. Neither one of us are really small (cough cough), so it is real togetherness. All of you who watch Food Network Challenge have seen the sugar sculpture competitions. When they pour the liquid sugar in to the molds it kind of creeps around filling every crack and crevice. If something is in the way, it moves it aside or surrounds it. That is Tom. This is going to take some real getting used to.

I will try to check in more often. Pray for a generator to be sent to Texas and not Florida!

Happy Traills to you.