Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Home Again, Home Again

I had a great time in Arkansas, and I made it home about 2pm yesterday afternoon. I left Monday morning and thought seriously about driving the whole way -- I had done it the week before after all -- because my cielo was getting home from Guatemala (she went for her brother's wedding) Monday night and I was missing her.

Well, I got close to half way and realized I couldn't do it. I was tired, too tired for even a coffee rush to get me through, and it was dark, and had dropped below freezing, and there was maybe black ice patches on the highway but I couldn't tell for sure but since it was dark and below freezing and I was tired I didn't really want to risk it.

So I stopped in Russell, Kansas, about an hour west of Salina. There ain't much there, let me tell you. Boy I was tired. I had some supper and checked up on email and watched Monday Night Football and as tired as I was, I couldn't get to sleep. I slept poorly. Got up yesterday morning still tired, even more achy than before (being sore a little on Monday from the skeet-shooting on Sunday). Well, I thought I just needed some coffee.

And I headed out, filling up the gas tank and pulling through McD.'s (which I rarely eat at, but it was the only choice, I kid you not) for a breakfast sandwich and two large cups of coffee ...possibly the worst coffee I have ever had.

As the journey progressed I kept feeling worse and worse. I thought I had just kick-restarted my cold that I had before I left and which hadn't gone completely away. But then I started feeling nauseous. About an hour into the Middle of Nowhere, Colorado, I had to pull over because I was dizzy and nauseous. I called my cielo and had her talk to me while I rolled down the windows and inhaled the cold high plains air. When I felt a little better I started driving again, my cielo still talking to me and trying to keep me calm. I got a little bit farther -- 15 or 20 minutes, maybe -- and then had to pull over again, at which point I got out of the car, and heaved all over the dry grass on the shoulder.

Maybe you didn't want to to know that...

Finally I got back on the road, and my cielo talked me all the way back to Denver. I got home, washed my face and brushed my teeth, fell into bed, and slept for three hours. When I woke up, I had a fever. Got up and huddled on the couch for a few hours, then went to bed early and slept hard.

I am better today. A little tender of the tummy, but definitely better. Happy to be home. Not really the way I wanted to end my road trip, but oh well. At least my cielo was here at the end of the road to take care of me!


  1. Sympathies. Glad you're home safe and sound and hope you feel even better tomorrow.

  2. Oh bless you Towanda. What a dreadful experience. Glad you're feeling better today, and I hope the recovery continues quickly!


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