Life lessons from a health emergency on the road

a.m.  I am soooo glad I decided to come into the hospital last night rather than wait until today.  Even in the midst of chaos in the emergency room, I slept so much better than I would have in the tent.  The drugs they’ve given me are a godsend.

I’m still in the emergency room – there are no regular beds available right now.  But at least I’ve got drugs – antibiotics and expectorant going in through an IV and my lungs are being opened with the nebulizer.  I can actually breathe finally.

At this point, I still don’t know how long I’ll have to stay in the hospital.  They are saying I’ll be transferred to a regular room as soon as one opens.  And then once I get out of here, I don’t know how long my recovery will take.

John and the boys should be on their way in now.  No doubt they’ll take plenty of time as the valley is so incredibly gorgeous – red sandstone Dr. Seussian stone formations similar to southern Utah.  I hope they take plenty of pics.

Davy is truly amazing.  Just the other day he was standing next to John and I realized he is now officially taller than his father.  When I could no longer ride yesterday, we decided to see if Davy could possibly take my bike.  It’s way heavier than his so we really weren’t sure. But the kid hopped on and took off with no problem whatsoever.  We didn’t even have to lower the seat.

Daryl, of course, is incredible too – but we already knew he could handle Davy’s bike.  As much as he prefers to ride on the tandem, he never complains when – for one reason or another – he needs to take Davy’s bike.  It’s not easy for him, but he steps up to the plate and does it.

I think that is one of the big lessons from our journey – sometimes you just gotta do it.  There are times when we’re faced with some unexpected situation and we just have to jump in and do what it takes to get the task done.  It can’t be planned in advance – we never, ever thought Davy would have to take my bike.  We had planned all along for Daryl to take Davy’s, but didn’t think Davy would be big enough or strong enough to take mine.  If I couldn’t ride it, we figured, we would put it in a bus or pickup.  And yet here, there simply were no pickups so that wasn’t an option.  Davy and Daryl stepped up to the plate and did what needed to be done.  And I couldn’t possibly be prouder of them.

Kilometers today:  35
Kilometers to date:  22992


Camping in Quebrada de los Conchos
Camping in Quebrada de los Conchos

Quebrada de los Conchos

Quebrada de los Conchos

Quebrada de los Conchos

Quebrada de los Conchos

Quebrada de los Conchos

Quebrada de los Conchos

Quebrada de los Conchos

Quebrada de los Conchos

Quebrada de los Conchos

Quebrada de los Conchos

Reunited

Nancy in hospital

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

Connect with us!

We love to get to know new people. Send us a message!

, , , , ,

3 Responses to Life lessons from a health emergency on the road

  1. DC October 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    Great shots again 🙂 I guess your feeling like #2 there?? Do you have 2 BoB’s?? or the one and move it around?

  2. nancy October 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    We have 2 BOBs – I carry one and John has one on the tandem. We let Davy get off easy cuz he’s just a kid 🙂

  3. Gustavo Krause October 22, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    Lindo, essa é uma família que eu tenho orgulho! Parabéns e ótima viajem para vocês. (portuguese-brasil)

Leave a Reply