It was February 18th and time for us to leave Benson and head to Phoenix, Arizona. Al had an appointment on the 19th in Phoenix and thus we couldn’t change our plans as much as I may have wanted to. I couldn’t believe how ill I felt. I was sick. I could barely stand without the thought of my legs collapsing.
I’d been feeling slightly under the weather for several days prior but when I woke up that morning I could hardly function. I had two bites of toast and some water. No coffee for me that morning. That alone had hubby very, very concerned. For my regular followers, you all know how much I love my morning coffee and a beautiful sunrise. So forgoing coffee was a sure sign I was ill.
If I recall, it was another beautiful Arizona morning but that wasn’t enough to pull me out of bed. I laid in bed until Al hooked up the 5th wheel. I even remained in bed while he pulled in the slides – which is usually my job. So Al did his job and mine. Once he was ready to hit the road, I crawled into the truck and laid my head down on the center console.
I don’t ever sleep or nap while we drive. I enjoy being Al’s
backseat driver co-pilot and navigator. So this was extremely rare and unusual for me to nap. I couldn’t seem to keep my head in an upright position. I couldn’t eat anything but kept drinking water which required a couple of stops during our 3 hour drive from Benson to Phoenix. When Al pulled into a rest stop, I didn’t even have the strength to walk the short distance from the truck to the restroom. Instead I climbed into the rig. That RV door was a lot closer than the building door. I was so incredibly weak.
That was the longest three-hour drive of my life and it couldn’t end soon enough. That drive was by far much worse than the 9-hour drive we took from San Antonio to Las Cruces and seemed hours longer…..go figure.
We pulled into Pleasant Harbor without a reservation and smooth talking Al managed to score a monthly rate even though we’d need to move around to different sites. They didn’t have any sites available for a complete month. Normally you can only get that monthly rate for a given site…..standard practice in the industry. So we were very appreciative of the kind staff, especially given the state of my health.
The moment Al had the rig backed into our site, I climbed into bed where I remained for the majority of the week. That flu bug knocked me down bad. I’m fortunate I didn’t end up in the hospital, not that the thought didn’t cross my mind or Al’s. I don’t ever recall being so sick.
It’s been a month since I was bedridden for a week and I’m still struggling with a lack of energy and a nagging cough. It’s been frustrating not being able to take advantage of the hiking trails here at Lake Pleasant, but I still consider myself lucky especially hearing of others enduring long hospital stays or even those loosing their battle with this nasty flu virus.
Even though I’ve felt less than stellar this past month, Al and I still managed to get in some socializing with fellow RVer’s and bloggers. Plus with our son living in the area, we get to enjoy regular visits with him.
We definitely picked the perfect spot for my recuperation; a great campground, beautiful view, entertaining company, and perfect weather. Bonus; the desert is blooming….. yep, perfect place to hang and recover. Each day I’m feeling better and stronger and I appreciate all your well wishes since I posted about my illness. I hope to be back on the trails soon 🙂
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