Thank you to everybody who left comments or sent e-mails in response to yesterday’s blog. You help me reaffirm to myself that it’s okay to be selfish and put ourselves first once in a while. Terry and I are both the type who always want to please others, but we are discovering that, just as several of you wrote us, we have to take care of ourselves first and if that means being selfish once in a while, that’s what we will do.
Yesterday was a very scary day for us as Terry woke up feeling even worse, and seemed to be going further and further downhill all day. We still don’t know if the problem is a simple cold or the flu or if it is related to her recent medical procedures. I do believe that whatever it is, the problem was exacerbated by sheer exhaustion.
For the week or two leading up to our Yuma rally we were both getting by on four or five hours of sleep a night. During rally week, Terry is lucky if she gets four hours a night. More often than not it’s closer to three. Once we finally finish with door prizes, or the pizza party, or whatever evening activities we have and shoo everybody out the door and clean up a little bit it’s usually well after 10 PM, and sometimes closer to 11. Then we have to grab something to eat, take care of whatever needs to be done to get ready for the next day’s activities, answer e-mails and take care of our business, which doesn’t stop for rally week. Finally, sometime after 1 AM, we fall into bed. Then Terry is up again before 5 AM to get the coffee started and get things ready for morning coffee and donuts. And then we’re both on the go all day long.
Obviously, we need to make some changes. We have a lot of hard-working volunteers who are always willing to pitch in and lend a hand at the rallies, but there are some tasks that we need to handle ourselves. I’m not sure what the answer is, but we’re going to do some real hard thinking and soul-searching about our schedule. To be honest, this has scared the hell out of us and been a real wake-up call.
After two weeks of really flaky and unreliable Verizon internet service at the Pima County Fairgrounds RV Park, I was really hoping that once we moved to an RV park in town we would have a better signal and better service. Yeah right! We have a strong 4G signal on the MiFi and our older 3G air card, but both are just as flaky and unreliable as everywhere else we have been. Yesterday we actually switched over to the campground’s Wi-Fi signal just to be able to stay online.
We didn’t do much yesterday except rest, make some calls to doctors about Terry’s illness, and try to recharge our batteries. I think it did us both a lot of good, and by bedtime Terry seemed a lot more animated and said she was feeling a bit more comfortable than she has in days. We’re hoping things will be even better today.
Thought For The Day – There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either.