First, the plans worked well going and during the stay. I had a bit too much medical stuff, but that’s okay. Better too much than too little.
The first disaster was that Summer got bit or stung by something. Just after we showed (and took a 4th place out of 6), we were waiting for our picture, and she started biting at something. Then she started acting super fearful, then she started rolling in the dirt, and finally, she won’t put a paw down and was chewing on it.
Thought: stung by a wasp, just like my mom and I in the last month. I had no ill effects, mom has a cellulitis hole in her arm and has medication and seen a doctor. I’m also worried about an allergic reaction. My first thought was to get her to a vet, and carried her to the car. I barely made it between the hills and her weight. I also grabbed Dulce and in that time period I decided it was time to leave. Well, I already had told the president of the board I’m on, I thought I was going home – but that thought was already in my head. I was thinking of getting our picture with the judge and then leaving but was committed to selling concessions on Wednesday. So instead of waiting for the judge, I headed down the mountain. I did always have the option of going back.
Planning success – I know that the truck battery can’t handle a lot of closing and opening of the doors, so I have a Radio Shack battery that will start up my car. It’s super cool, very small, cost about $75 and easy to use. Got the truck started with that.
I had the nearest vet search in my browser, and had Summer where I could see her with the rear view mirror. She chewed on the paw and that was it. I did stop and get an inflatable collar for her. Love those.
I get to a Motel 6, about 6 hours from Aldie, and I check in. I start putting together my CPAP machine and the cushion is missing. Can’t use it. This is the first time I’ve tried to sleep without CPAP therapy in over 20 years. Stopping and sleeping in a motel is out for the rest of the trip.
I did get some sleep, got back in the truck and drove.
Every time I got sleepy, I pulled over and napped. I stopped frequently for dog walks. I took good breaks for meals. Having a sit down, someone brings me something and I think about something else break.
I got home around 2:00 am Wednesday.
Summary: I had too much of everything. Not necessarily bad. I can handle over a week away from home.
Check the CPAP equipment before checking into a hotel. I could have done the nap / break / dog walk thing another day and saved the motel bill. I would have rather than done the trip the way I wanted.
For the win: I have an idea for an app.