Friday, November 29, 2019

11/29 Good RIddence to November!

November was a rough month, to say the least, so I am glad to have it almost gone!

While it is easy to take care of routine things like colds, cuts, and other injuries on the road, medical things catch up with you eventually, and you have to take care of them.  November was my month to do that because I was back in Ohio for a few weeks.  Besides getting my teeth cleaned and plans made for a replacement crown done in the spring, my doctor visits involved routine things like having an annual checkup with my internist, seeing a dermatologist to check for potential sun damage to my skin, getting a long-overdue colonoscopy, seeing an orthopedic surgeon about my sore left shoulder, and getting a small "blob" in my lung that had been showing up in a couple of cat scans over the past year checked out.  

It had been growing very slowly and the doctors in Oregon were just keeping an eye on it, but it concerned me, so I ended up with a bunch of pulmonary tests and a PET scan, which checks for cancer.  I had a few nervous days worrying about the results, but the scan was negative, which was a big relief.  I have never been a smoker, but apparently even a substantial percentage of non-smokers end up with strange nodules after a certain age.  It could be an infection or scar tissue from an old infection, or who knows what, but I will have to have repeat tests over the next year.  At least I was able to skip the nasty-sounding biopsy. Yuck!  And did I mention that the colonoscopy was not exactly fun???

Plus, to make my stay in Ohio even more miserable, it was much colder than usual, and it snowed and then melted a couple of times.  I do not own snow boots, and until two weeks ago, I did not even own a hat or gloves.  I had an OK, but not really warm enough, winter coat, but still felt cold most of the time.  I gave in and bought a hat and a couple of pairs of gloves, which helped.  Also, I put that weather film on my motorhome windows and hung a bedspread to block off the drafts at night from the cab area.  

It was good to visit with my son and his family, but I will be back again right after Christmas, so I was happy to get the all-clear from my doctors and head south where it is warm!  I might even buy a pair of light-weight snow boots before I go back. 

The good news is that I have almost made my way to Florida and have been able to take the window film off of my windows.  I am in Savannah for a couple of days and then will drive to Fort Clinch State Park in northeast Florida on Monday.  Had a couple of days of rain on my way down, but temps have been in the upper 60s and lower 70s for the last few days, which feels wonderful.  Supposed to be even warmer next week, so I am saying good-bye to a cold November and looking to a warm and sunny December!  Yea. 

And I plan to do more posting for the rest of this year.   Tomorrow I am taking a shuttle to spend the day in Savannah.  I have been here before, but am looking forward to seeing it again. 


  1. Glad things turned out okay. Enjoy the rest of the year and the warmer weather.

  2. And I even left out scraping a pole in the airport parking lot in Detroit and destroying the side running light and the awning support attachment. I have replacements for both, but have not replaced them yet. Oh, and the valence for my back window fell off, taking the MCD roller blinds with them. Would you believe it was held on by only two small screws? It weighs about 20 pounds, so I bought a couple more L-brackets and am going to try to take the blinds out myself. They need to come out to screw the valence to the wall, and there are no authorized MCD blind service facilities in Florida!! It looks like they will snap back in place easily enough, however, once I can get the valence reattached. (The weight is in the blinds, not the valence.) May end up needing to take them somewhere to get it all fixed if I cannot do it myself. And I need front brakes, also, based on a recent hard stop I made. Like I say, good riddance to November.

  3. Oh, you travel to Florida during winter. That's probably the warmest in the USA. For most, moving to California means warmer weather, unless you moved from Florida, haha. I used to live in South Florida and moved to California. For me it was cold. Since full-timing, I spend my winters with friends in the west coast, AZ, NV, NM, CA but I am always wondering why I don't just go to Florida instead. Way nicer winters. I heard that not much of boondocking in Florida, and most of my friends don't want to go there, I guess that is why. But I am envious of your nice weather! :)