Friday, December 22, 2006

Being pulled this way and that

It's quiet here tonight. My mother has been in bed since about 5 PM, which is strange because she had requested I make spaghetti for dinner. The sauce was cooking when all of a sudden she disappeared and Denny and I noticed her bedroom door was shut.

My mother was making cookies earlier this week and started to pass out. We're not quite sure what's going on with her because the cardiologist only seemed concerned about her weight (she's lost more weight) and her smoking (go figure) but apparently he didn't find any new problems with her heart.

So now Denny and I have been tossing around the idea of putting the rig in storage or finding somewhere to hook up that would be fairly close (there are no campgrounds near here) so we can keep an eye on her. However, even if we were here we couldn't force her to eat, or to exercise, or to stop smoking so we're wondering if it would be the right thing to do. We hate the thought of waiting until there is a crisis, but being here in the house with her hasn't caused her to move around more or eat anything so I don't know that being here full time would even make a difference or help.

I think Denny and I will have to have a "sit down" with Mom tomorrow. Certainly she doesn't want us to quit our lifestyle for her; she's said that in the past. But maybe telling her that we are considering it because we're worried about her will cause her to start to take a little better care of herself. It's hard to say.

Would it be hard to give up the fulltime rving lifestyle? Oh yes. Staying too long in one area still brings on that urge to move on. There's still nine states we haven't explored and several Canadian provinces too. Could we go back to fulltiming if we had to hang up the keys for a few years? Probably, although it might be harder to do it once we've settled down for a while. However, the lure of the road is strong and we've been vagabonds for a long time.

I think Denny and I will still head west after Christmas and we'll just play it by ear. But this time when we leave home, it won't be with an easy mind...

1 comment:

Coll said...

Oh Linda, I am so very sorry to hear that your Mom is not doing well. What a worry this must be for you.

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