“What a long, strange trip it’s been….”, Truckin’ by the Grateful Dead

….and surely it has been a long, strange trip.

First, let me apologize for my last post….I usually set up a  pre-scheduled post that shows up the day we leave a spot, so I don’t have to stop and take time to type one. Thing didn’t quite work out the way we planed them this time.  We were supposed to have left this past Thursday for Kendra’s new assignment, but I ended up in the hospital and we didn’t get to leave until Sunday. I’m not really sure what’s going on with me…started out as classic heart attack symptoms and has morphed into something that no one is sure of.  Three things I know for sure….my heart is ok, I have a hiatal hernia, and I’ve had a bad infection. There are other things going on, so it looks like some specialist will be on my list of people to see in the near future.

But this post isn’t about me…it’s about the people around me, especially during this past week.  I have some thanks and appreciation I need to pass along.

I want to thank all the people who have called, texted, messaged and emailed me with their kind thoughts…I may not have replied to each one, but I did read each one. It gave me comfort to know that so many people were sending good thoughts to me and Kendra.

There are a few special people that I need to thank that helped so much this past week. Our friend Beverly (another travel nurse) helped so much by keeping Kendra company and by helping us  get one of  our vehicles from Florida to Hamer, SC were we are staying.  Beverly drove one from Florida to her next assignment in Hilton Head SC. Her brother, Jerry, drove it the rest of the way and dropped it off here at our campground.  That saved us a trip back south to pick it up…

Next, a special thanks to my in-laws, Doug and Cynthia. They came down last week on Wednesday to help out.  It’s a good thing…I was in no shape to drive and so weak that I could barely move. Doug hooked up my camper and pulled it to our next location. I simply could not do it.  And they’re hanging out in the area until we all get a little more settled. Doug and Cyn, I can never repay you for this.

But  the most thanks goes to my wife, Kendra.  This Florida contract has not been the easiest of contracts for either of us. First I had my gall bladder took out, then our dog got sick, then her Florida contract gets canceled causing us to scramble and come up with a new plan….and now my most recent sickness.  Through it all, she has been right by my side…even when I didn’t know she was there….Several days last week, I don’t remember…lol.   Kendra has been under so much stress, especially this past week.  But she is strong….she not only has a plan B, but a plan C as well.  She has handled and fielded so much stuff this week…way more than she should have had to, and way more than most people could have…and all this while starting a new job yesterday, at a new hospital, with new people to get used to. She is tired, but she is strong…..I wish I could make it easier for her…so I try to be good, take my meds when I should and stay in and rest as much as I can. I’m not sure I’d be here today, if it weren’t for her and some of the things she picked up on while I was in the hospital.  I wish I could do more for her, but right now all I can do is say, “Kendra, I love you and I’m so thankful you are here by my side. Stop worrying…I’ll be ok.”

I have the best nurse there is!!

That’s about it for now. More about where we are next time.

Until then….


About Husband of a Gypsy ER Nurse

Hello, I'm Keith, the husband of a Gypsy ER Nurse. ..the tag along...sitter of the dogs. My wife, the traveler nurse, main moneymaker, and love of my life is Kendra. Follow us on our newest adventure!
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5 Responses to “What a long, strange trip it’s been….”, Truckin’ by the Grateful Dead

  1. gail culyer says:

    Keith, I am so sorry to read that you have been sick –really sick.  I’m so thankful you are better and that you are married to a very competent nurse.  I will remember you in prayer and hope you can find a really good specialist. Gail Culyer

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  2. Naomi Carroll. McMCellan says:

    Keith and Kendra, I’m saying a prayer for both of you. I love you both and know God has a big plan for both of you. Naomi

  3. Debbie says:

    Keith and Kendra – Bless your Hearts!!! I know this time has been so very scary and so happy to hear that you are recovering Keith!!! Kendra as a nurse I know how it feels to be in a strange environment with new coworkers in a new environment because let’s face it they are all different! I admire your “gypsy” lifestyle and the courage it takes to go to a new location and set up life!!! Keith so happy you had your personal nurse who was “on it”!!! Hope this new location provides the rest and recovery you both need!!!

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