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Old 02-26-2011, 02:44 PM   #1
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Anybody dealing with physical ailments delaying traveling or camping?

We're all getting older. Some of us are lucky some of use are not.
Any ailments keeping you from doing what you like?
I have BAD knees.
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:12 PM   #2
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....main ailment is Auld Timerz Disease, complicated with sciatica left leg and now 'summin's up' with my right wrist up to and including the elbow.

Fortunately the Trailer Goddess is still capable enough to get done what I can't or have troubles with....!
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:45 PM   #3
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I was traveling thru Washington several years and had a medical problem that was serious enough to need an immediate visit to a doctor. I pulled into the ER at the hospital in Ellensburg, where I received great attention and medication. They said I shouldn't drive until I'd had a good night's sleep and suggested I stay parked in the lot and sleep in my 13' Scamp (deluxe). Worked just fine and I happily continued my trip the next morning.

An elderly friend who traveled a lot in a motor home with his (not so well) wife told me that they would often pull into a hospital parking lot and ask if they could spend the night. He said they were never refused.

These experiences have made me a little more comfortable about traveling with my Scamp at age 75.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:41 AM   #4
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As my 86 y/o mother would say, "do it while you can. No matter what current heath you have. Eventually, the mind will be willing, but the body will not."

I got my love for camping and adventure from my mother. She now lives vicariously through my travels. If she had a computer, I'd bet she would be one of the most active members of this forum.

Just do it!
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:50 AM   #5
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I've noticed many western hospitals, where regional hospitals serve a wide region, sometimes have hookups in their parking lots.

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Old 02-27-2011, 09:04 AM   #6
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Interesting topic.
I am a diabetic as well as having some other annoying problems. After some false starts I have found there can be an upside to in my case traveling with diabetes. I no longer try to click off another 100 miles when I should be pulling in, fast food only occasionally now, a more balanced diet, a good nights sleep, a good breakfast, and if I don't feel well, I pull off and get some rest. The down side is that the Casita seems to be a rolling pharmacy. Later this year I shall have a diabetic traveling companion , a cat. Having to care for something that can't care for itself makes you more aware of your own health.
Happy Trails, Y'all
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:10 PM   #7
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As my 86 y/o mother would say, "do it while you can. No matter what current heath you have. Eventually, the mind will be willing, but the body will not."

Just do it!
Smart Mother, though from experience I know the mind isn't always willing. So I say, despite aches, pains, health issues. Keep going! Because the "mind" isn't always willing and is unable to find enjoyment in things that once brought joy. Who cares if your back, knees, etc, ache? Or you have a burning poker from your rear to your ankle? Who cares if your confined to a wheel chair? Or you have some other physical health issue. Get out and do what ever it is you find enjoyment in.......................... Take it from someone who knows, life is way to short to stop doing things just because your knees creek and crack!
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:44 PM   #8
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My Grandparents used to say, they can hurt sitting at home in a chair or they can hurt sitting in their 5th wheel looking out at America the beautiful. They were Good Sam members and traveled well into their 80's. My Gma was still able and willing but my Gpa, a war vet who'd been injured, wasnt able to handle the rigors of a 30+ foot 5th wheel and truck. Too bad they didnt know about Eggs back then although I think the driving was too much too and my Gma never did learn to drive.
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:54 PM   #9
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My Grandparents used to say, they can hurt sitting at home in a chair or they can hurt sitting in their 5th wheel looking out at America the beautiful. They were Good Sam members and traveled well into their 80's. My Gma was still able and willing but my Gpa, a war vet who'd been injured, wasnt able to handle the rigors of a 30+ foot 5th wheel and truck. Too bad they didnt know about Eggs back then although I think the driving was too much too and my Gma never did learn to drive.
Bless their hearts!

I've gone camping a couple times just days after having surgery. My doc wasn't too happy with me but I told him I was going anyway.
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My Grandparents used to say, they can hurt sitting at home in a chair or they can hurt sitting in their 5th wheel looking out at America the beautiful.


Very smart Grandparents!
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My wife and I learned the other day that she is facing a battle with a cancer and her leg has swollen down to her toes to twice the size...we are scared and i'm so worried but we still plan to open the campground the first weekend theyre open up in Mass...God willing.
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My wife and I learned the other day that she is facing a battle with a cancer and her leg has swollen down to her toes to twice the size...we are scared and i'm so worried but we still plan to open the campground the first weekend theyre open up in Mass...God willing.
I can't add much to my response earlier in this section. I guess your best shot is to map out emergency rooms near to where you will be traveling or camping. When it feels right you can park in the EM lots in case something comes up.

I've been in your shoes. Make whatever good memories you can.
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Bruce---give your wife a hug for me and let her know I'll be praying.
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Bruce, good luck to you and your wife. Keeping life moving a head in the face of cancer is a very good thing. Been there, done that and came out the other side. I will be thinking of you. There is plenty of support for both of you during this time. Don't be shy about finding it and using it.
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