Yes, I probably am nuts but I do my best to stay mentally healthy. Unfortunately, my physical health hasn't always been great. In fact, I was diagnosed with glaucoma at age 39 which had already progressed and destroyed a part of my optic nerves in both eyes. It was weird and rare for someone of my age and ethnicity to have this problem. But have it I do...I've had 4 laser surgeries, 2 trabeculectomies and I've been using drops for almost 20 years. Not good- especially when the first doctor told me that this was, "very serious" and that I would probably lose my sight by age 55. Thank heavens he was wrong- nevertheless it's been a battle and one that I cannot win. It is a progressive disease and I am slowly going blind- the idea is to make it as slow as possible. I am incredibly fortunate that I found the Jules Stein Eye Center in LA and the remarkable Dr. Simon Law who saved my sight.
As we get older- and it's not for the faint of heart- some things we used to do we shouldn't do anymore. While riding my motorcycle and driving are fine- I can certainly see well enough to do both - I know I have lost some peripheral vision due to the disease. When riding a 1600cc motorcycle on the Southern California freeways this is not a recipe for a happy ending. After too many close calls (none my fault actually) I decided the smart move would be to sell the beautiful bike that I loved so much. I worried that a car (that didn't see me) would make a lane change on top of me and I just wouldn't catch their foolishness in time. Splat!
There is a silver lining though. The profit from the bike has enabled me to get a little travel trailer that will make these old bones happier than sleeping in the camper shell. Further, the elements will be easier to take. I camp year round and I do hit weather. Lastly, Lupita will travel in a bit more comfort. Here's a pic of our "Casita Suavecita". I pick up a new 2016 model on December 1 in Rice, TX.
Thank you kindly Gary. We all have our stories and problems and I appreciate the thought that I did the right thing- takes the sting out a bit. I have this thought that one day I'm gonna meet all my online friends at a small gathering - I hope you are one and you can check out the little Casita live and in person.
9/6/2015 11:32:13 am
Cute! I now sleep on an air mattress in my tent. That little yoga pad? It's now just used for yoga. I have to carry a little foot pump in the backpack, car...A tad humiliating. Ah, we grow older...
As we share the same name, I came over from Chris' blog and am impressed with your travels--I lived out west (Great Basin region) for nearly 12 years and spent a couple more summers out there and love it. Your camper is nice, I wonder how it will pull. Keep traveling!
10/24/2015 10:33:25 am
Hi. Found your blog from RVillage using a search for casita. It will be great hearing of your experiences with it. I will probably be ordering a Patriot Deluxe soon. Exciting!
10/24/2015 11:43:06 am
That's great! I'll look for you on the road!
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