Do you remember that I mentioned in the last post that I met a lady and her dog, at the dog park twice? That was Kerry and Annabelle (not their real names). The third time we met there ‘by accident’ we decided to exchange phone numbers, because we really hit it off well and here we are in similar situations, and you never know….you just never know when you might need someone…
That was Monday afternoon. Wednesday night, December 2, about 10pm my phone rings, and it’s Kerry. She is in the hospital in Parker, having been taken by ambulance with kidney stones. There is no hospital in Q, and Parker is about 35 miles away. Her dog is in a crate in her truck at the Q fire station. Besides the acute kidney stone pain, she’s having huge distress worrying about Annabelle, plus, she’s embarrassed to have to call me because we hardly know each other.
Hey! No…this is what it’s all about, and wow, our meeting and hitting it off well and exchanging phone numbers was certainly no accident, was it?
In the ER she gets antibiotics for infection, and they get her pain under control, but they have no urologist at this tiny hospital! She will need to go to Phoenix to get the right doctor to take care of the problem.
After a few phone conversations we work a plan. Joy, Shiloh and I drive to Parker, pick her up tonight, we go to the fire station in Q and retrieve Annabelle and Kerry’s truck, then I follow her home to Hi Jolly, one of the big BLM areas near Q.
Early in the AM I come by to learn how to take care of Annabelle, then I go back home to Tyson Wash, break camp, hook up, dump at La Posa North, and then go set up camp next door to Kerry’s 5th wheel at Hi Jolly. While I’m breaking camp, Kerry leaves for Phoenix. ( Had she been in major pain, I would have driven her to Phoenix. but she feels ok to drive.)
Now Annabelle gets to be near and in her own home, and she, Joy and Shiloh are good company for each other, a good distraction since I’m sure Annabelle is missing her mommy.
So it’s all going to be ok. But look, these things do happen! This is one of the things to consider when you full time or camp for extended periods in places where you know no one. It’s good that as a rule, other RVer’s are usually friendly and kind. For me, my concern is the dogs, just like it was for Kerry. I’m seriously thankful that I am able to do this for them!
Meet Annabelle! Chocolate Lab
Oh. You might wonder, since I broke camp and set up camp, about the…CLAM. Taking it down was easy, and really only took a minute! Putting it up again took me about 10-15 minutes, so I took a half hour off my original time. 🙂 I’m getting the hang of it! Yay!