On my last trip into Oregon I was having a grand time and yet near the end of the trip I wasn't feeling like myself. Nothing big... just a little fuzzy thinking, a little achy, just a little off. I did my customary day on the couch on Monday and didn't feel a lot better however I also had a head ache and my jaw was achy. Tuesday woke up with puffiness. I called an emergency dental clinic and they got me an appointment for later in the week... and said to call back when they opened in the morning to be fit in for an emergency appointment. In I went for the emergency appointment where they discovered I had an abscess and the beginnings of a brain abscess. The Surgeon impressed upon me how this was life-threatening and I could not leave without the surgery and how important it was that I sought medical treatment when I did. Emergency surgery, antibiotics and I am on the road to recovery. I had a few rough days, but it could have been soooo.... much worse.
I am so grateful to fellow blogger and friend Chinle, of Spotted Dog Ranch who I talked with by phone and her thinking prevailed when mine was fuzzy.
So I learned a few things about myself and it has led to some my impending time on the road.
- Seek routine care..... routinely. This can often catch a problem before it is urgent.
- Trust yourself. If you are not feeling normal for you, check it out. Don't wait for it to get better.
- Know where you are in relationship to medical help, you never know when you need it.
- Make sure you have a charged cell phone or access to internet if you are not feeling well. It literally can be a lifeline.
- Keep in touch with family or friends that can help you plan for your care.
- Keep an emergency kit that address your medical needs.
- Keep emergency information and ICE (in case of emergency) information stored on your phone, person, vehicle and trailer. This information can talk for you if you can't.
- Keep a digital copy of your medical records that can be accessed about your medical history by medical professionals.