Thursday, August 09, 2012
Wishing We Had Skipped Wisconsin
If ever a nice campground/city had bad vibes/bad mojo, for us it's Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Starting with an emergency room visit for Denny immediately after we arrived in town and got set up at our campground things went downhill after that. Kidney stones, refrigerator malfunctions, the coffee maker died, the stove attacked Denny and then it was my turn for the ER. Not a good week.
After a week of suffering bouts of extreme pain off and on all week, Denny agreed to go to the casino but we only got as far as Walmart when he started feeling pain again. So we turned around and I told him I would drive back home. Denny pulled over part way into a driveway on the two lane roadway and I stepped down from the truck, only to slide on the newly laid loose gravel and land on my tail bone. I immediately knew something was badly wrong due to the pain and the weird feeling in my arms. Denny wanted to raise me up right away but I knew I'd have to figure out a way to position myself for causing the least amount of damage and pain and eventually pulled myself back up into the truck. We drove to St. Clare hospital in Baraboo where Xrays showed I had a compression fracture of the T12 and possibly also of the T7 vertebrae. After pain meds and laying there several hours the nurse tried to get me to stand up to walk to go home and boy, that just wasn't happening. So they admitted me to the hospital overnight for observation only, just to attempt to control the pain and make sure there wasn't any obvious spinal cord damage. I was able to walk with assistance the next morning so I was so out of there. Not that the hospital and staff of St. Clare's Hospital weren't terrific, because they were. The two of us wanted no more of the hospital. Did I mention that while I was upstairs trying to walk Denny was once again downstairs in extreme pain asking if he could be referred to a urologist in Madison so he could have his kidney stone lasered or broken up by ultra-sound? Yep. And naturally the staff down there did blood work and found his blood sugar was sky high and they freaked out about him getting follow up care.
After being released from the hospital we drove to Madison so I could be fitted for a back brace until we can get to Dayton and see our own doctors for our individual problems. Denny has passed one of the two kidney stones, we purchased a glucose monitor and Denny's blood sugar has come down quite a bit. After we rest a couple of days we're taking the rig to Elkhart, Indiana for whatever repairs are needed to remove the gremlins and then we'll head for Ohio, cancelling several weeks worth of travel plans and visits with the kids. We need to get ourselves patched up and back on an even keel before we hit the road again for a while. We're kind of reeling here right now.
Posting may be even more sporadic at this point, but we'll be back.