|Charleston February 2013|
The first question we find ourselves asking is whether we can and/or want to continue to travel. During one of our conversations I asked Rob to think about a rather harsh sounding question. I didn't ask for an answer but just for him to think about the question. I asked if he knew he had five years left in his current condition what would he want to do and how would he want to spend his time.
|Savannah, February 2013|
We have seen several of Rob's doctors and are getting a handle on his medical needs and condition. We have no way of knowing to what extent Rob will recover. He has significant short term memory loss. At this point he cannot drive. Whether or not that changes is an unknown. His kidney doctor tells us it is unlikely he will be a candidate for kidney transplant. His kidney function is worse than it was before his hospitalization which means there was additional permanent damage done. He now has 20% of his kidney function. They are not filtering out the toxins in his system as well as they were. He has new dietary restrictions and is on new medications which are very expensive even after his insurance has paid their part so we need to be more cost conscious moving forward.
|The Little RV in |
Starbuck, Washington, June 2014
Another question we ponder is if we choose to continue our travels do we have the right RV and vehicle. It's not much of a stretch to give that one a definite NO! Rob has fallen several times. There are four stairs going into the RV and there are three stairs inside going up to the bedroom and bathroom. One night Rob and I both fell down those stairs together. He fell backward and I fell forward and landed on him. Fortunately neither of us was hurt badly but it was really scary.
|Gull Lake COE, Minnesota, August 2014|
Basically, if we want to continue traveling we need to get a different RV. The problems with our current set-up are both sets of stairs, the difficulty of climbing in and out of the giant, dually truck, difficulty finding parking where there is enough room for him to get in and out of said truck, the numerous problems with the Little RV that need attention and a lot of cash to address, the fact that the truck is coming up on its 60,000 mile service and needs six new tires...and the list goes on. You get the general picture.
|Mural in Ashland, WI, August 2014|
So, at our home we discuss RVs, tow vehicles, puppies and endlessly search the internet for options.
|Macinac Island Bridge, |
Michigan, September 2014
Stay tuned, there are lots of exciting changes coming to the Little RV. We just don't know exactly what they will be yet.