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72 Hours Of Hell

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 062015
 

If you felt a strong breeze coming from the direction of Tucson, Arizona yesterday afternoon, it was a huge sigh of relief. I haven’t said anything here until now because we didn’t really know anything. But we spent 72 hours going through pure hell this week.

Monday during Terry’s annual physical the doctor found a lump in her breast. That really knocked the wind out of our sails. Me more than Terry. She’s always been so much stronger than I could ever hope to be.

During treatment to save her life from stage four cancer fifteen years ago she received something like three times the normal dose of radiation. That puts her in a very high percentile for getting some other form of cancer down the road. But yesterday she had a diagnostic mammogram and an ultrasound, and the results show no abnormal tissue. They think it was a fluid filled cyst that has dissolved, which apparently is not uncommon. Like I said, huge sigh of relief here.

We still have one more medical issue to deal with while we’re here in Tucson. Next week I have to go back to the VA hospital for a CAT scan of my head. I think they’re looking for the source of all those voices in there. For several months now, maybe two or three times a month just as I’m falling asleep I get a stabbing pain in my temple that moves up to the top of my head and then is gone. It lasts maybe 30 or 45 seconds and I don’t feel any ill effects from it, but my doctor and I decided it might be a good idea to check it out.

RVs are starting to roll into the Pima County Fairgrounds for Escapade, which kicks off Sunday. Rally director Bob Pinner told me they have something like 850 RVs registered, as well as a good number of weekly walk-in passes. Bob and his beautiful wife Molly have done an excellent job on putting the past few Escapades together and I think this one is going to be the best of the best. If you’re going to be at the rally, stop by our vendor booth and say hello, or maybe sit in on one of my five seminars. And if you’re in the area but not registered, they still have plenty of dry camping available. Come on out and join the fun!

Escapade sign

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 Posted by at 1:27 am  Nick's Blog
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