One of the most formidable challenges for a solo RVer

On our way to Silver City, New Mexico, from our previous camp near Safford, Arizona, the crew and I come upon a country RV park.

“Let’s see what this place is like!”

P1100916Ridgepark RV is approximately 12 miles south of Silver City, NM, on Route 90

The first thing I notice is the park is clean and tidy, including the occupied campsites.

The owner/manager isn’t available so another camper welcomes me and gives me the basic information about the park.

Ridgepark RV offers gravel sites with electric, water, and sewer for $20 a night.  This grabs my attention right away.

As I type this, the weekly rate is $85 plus utilities and the monthly rate is $250 plus utilities. In a small building there is a lending library and exercise machine.  Another building houses the restroom, laundry, and shower facilities. I see a handy air pump and there are trash bins, of course.

The man helps me choose a site and fetches a pay envelope for me. 

I write a check for $20 for one night.

P1100911A picnic table in the shade of a tree is on the door side of the Best Little Trailer

I connect the BLT’s power cord to the 30 amp service pole.  I don’t bother running the sewer hose or water hose (Our water hose leaks anyway!).

I’ll fill up our water jugs and dump the tanks before we leave for Big O Tires in the morning . . . .

P1100912For the remainder of the day, Bridget, Reggie, and I roam around the quiet park and relax inside the Best Little Trailer. 

The only noise is the occasional barking of dogs.  Hmm . . . . It looks like we’re the only overnight campers.

P1100913I turn on the air conditioner for about twenty minutes to remove the built-up heat of the interior and then turn it off, opening windows.

The shower is coin operated (5 quarters for 5 minutes).  Pressure is good and water is hot!

At bedtime I anticipate a pleasant sleep.

Not so!  Bridget has a restless night.  She wakes us up for visits to the water dish and to go outside.  After several rounds of this, she wakes up again, whimpering, probably with leg pain.  I give her Tramadol and eventually she falls asleep.

Reggie has us up early, as usual, and he’s rarin’ to start his day!

As for me, I feel awful!  If I don’t get good rest, I always feel it in the morning.  But this is worse.  Much worse.

Uh-oh.  I’m sick.  Muscle aches.  Back pain.  Feverish.  No energy.  Well, there’s no going for tires today. 

Of all the challenges of solo RVing, sickness or injury are among the most formidable.  It’s not like you can say, “Honey, you’re gonna’ have to dump the tanks and do the driving today.  Oh, and before you walk the dog, would you fix me a cup o’ tea?”

Obtaining medical care can be an ordeal for the solo RVer.

What I face is nothing compared to the health problems of others.  However, when you’re not strong and you feel awful, every step is climbing a mountain.

Find the location of a medical clinic. Pull oneself together to look presentable.  Drive oneself to the location, navigating unfamiliar streets.  Leave the crew in the PTV.  Sit in a waiting room full of sick people.  Sit in an exam room and wait some more.  Ugh!

The thought of all that strengthens my resolve. 

I must do everything I can to fight this!

Fortunately I have a weapon on hand . . . a bottle of 100% cranberry juice.

I fast all day except for sips of cranberry juice and water. 

I conserve as much energy as possible while seeing that Energizer Reggie gets his walk-abouts.  The three of us go together to pay for another night and to dump trash.  I sit at a picnic table under a shelter while the crew wanders around.  We walk to a shade tree where I sit on a bench.

I’m a mess. 

I’m glad no one is around to see me.  I walk ten feet and have to stop and rest.

This will give me more compassion for Bridget when she can’t keep up on walks . . . .

Bridget, after her restless night, is content to sleep most of the day.  I try to do the same.  Reggie, bless his heart, senses something is wrong and does his best to occupy himself  next to me on the bed, chewing a rawhide bone and tearing the squeaker and stuffing out of poor ol’ sock monkey, may he rest in peace.

At one point I’m beside myself with the ache in my legs and a head hot with fever.

As I’m moaning and rubbing my legs, I hear a tap at the window above our bed.  I pull back the curtain.  Sitting on the handle of the water spigot only a few feet from my face is a sparrow.  The little brown bird tilts its head, we exchange a look, and away it goes.

Ha!  I’m am going to get through this!  Yes, I am!

Later, in order to secure a good night’s sleep, I make sure Reggie is well exercised before bedtime.

P1100915With Reg on his tether and Bridget in her car, we mosey down the park’s lane to the main road and back.

P1100914-001All three of us go to bed at 6:30, the crew’s usual bedtime.

The next morning I feel improvement!

Back pain and muscle aches are almost gone.  I’d like to rest another day but today is Friday and I don’t want to be at this park into next week.

I have no stamina so every task is followed by a brief rest.  I fill up the water jugs, dump the tanks, pack up Bridget’s car, secure the interior, and we take off for Big O Tires!

P1100920We drive past Tyrone open pit copper mine. ( Follow link for minerals list.)

I wish I had photos of what one sees when Silver City first comes into view.

One rolls up and down small hills and then — there it is!  Spread out below with mountains as a backdrop.  Of course, I’m not in a condition to fully appreciate it.  I’m happy just to be moving!

We will buy the tires for the BLT and go to our next camp where I can rest until I’m strong again.


NOTE:  Obviously I didn’t take many photos during this time.  This post does not show Ridgepark RV to be as nice as it is, set on a slope and bordered by fields.  Also, there’s no need for writing get well wishes.  I’m typing this a few days later and I’m fine.


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Williard Springs camp, Coconino National Forest south of Flagstaff, Arizona, April 2012

You can read about Williard Springs and watch a slideshow at  “So lovely it makes me cry.”


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196 Responses to One of the most formidable challenges for a solo RVer

  1. Velda in Roseville CA says:

    Looking forward to reading and finding you are ok.

  2. Cat Lady still stuck in Central, La. says:


  3. I admire your strength so much!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Betty-Shea. One does what one must to keep going!

      And you’re in third place today! 🙂

  4. Lynn Brooks says:

    Glad you are better!!!
    Lynn B. (Baltimore, MD)

  5. AZ Jim says:

    I’m glad you feel good again. You are right being on the road is no place to be when you are sick. I guess you also got your tires. Good for you Missy, you are a toughie….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jim.

      Yes, we have the tires. I’ll write the Big O story for the next post.

      Missy wasn’t feeling like a toughie, believe me. 🙂

      • AZ Jim says:

        I know it’s no fun feeling terrible but you powered through it and I think that’s half the battle. BTW I read the post before posting and when I started typing there was only one comment, by the time I was published I was in a tie for forth. Comments come fast.

  6. Velda in Roseville CA says:

    So sorry you were ill. Hoping you drank more than sips of water with cranberry. Need those fluids all the time and ESP so when sick and fever. Glad you bounced back. Hope you got the tires done. I’m researching first set of replacement tires for my Sprinter class B. originals are 11 years old but only have 25,000 miles on them so simply aged out. It’s time. We sure are having nice spring in northern California with few warm days to nearly 90 then back down to 60’s and showers of rain followed by rainbows. Otherwise it’s quiet here, a contemplative week after receiving news of father in laws death at 91. Cant travel with hubby’s health problems so we are quietly talking about his life and celebrating him on our own. Have a good week all.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      My condolences to you and your husband although a passing at 91 is cause for reflection and celebration of a long life which you are doing.

      You have a good week, too.

      • Velda in Roseville CA says:

        Thank you. One thought I have had is, we have lost another of the few remaining WWII purple heart veterans. They are all missed and the living history they provided is invaluable if people only paid attention.

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      So sorry for you and your husbands loss Velda.

  7. Airstreaming Pagey says:

    Congrats on making first comment, Velda!

    The crud is no fun. Glad to read that you have rallied, Sue. I hope Bridget is over what was making her fussy.

    We are hunkered down on this rainy, cold morning in Devils Tower, WY, making our way to Yellowstone for our summer jobs. I know you will be no where near Yellowstone this summer. The crowds of people will be, well, crowded. I am going to take each day as it comes and be the best person I know how to be.

    If any fellow commenters are in Yellowstone this summer, Hub and I are going to be working for the Yellowstone Park Service Stations at Fishing Bridge. He can fix your car or RV and I can sell you gasoline, propane, and edibles. Stop by and say “hello”!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Airstreaming Peggy. Bridget is having a great day today. She has spells of leg pain. I’m thankful I have pain medication for her when it occurs.

      Yes, dealing with the public sometimes requires resolve to “be the best person I know how to be.”

      Wishing you and your husband a wonderful stint at Yellowstone!

  8. Marilyn, Dania Beach, FL says:

    Another thing to have on hand is coconut water. It replaces the electrolytes you lose when fevered. It also helps to hydrate which totally weakens you.

    So happy you are better. Stay well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Marilyn. Can coconut water be kept on the shelf without refrigeration?

      • Marilyn, Dania Beach, FL says:

        Yes for not refrigerated. It is better for you than Gatorade which is not natural. You can get small containers and also 1 liter sizes in those juice box containers.

        I like Vita Coco or Naked brands. I ride my bicycle up to 30 miles and drink it along with water. I have read posts by cross country cyclists where it saved them as far as hydration.

        My doctor said in India they use coco water instead of saline solution in IV’s. That sold me on it.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Fantastic advice! I’m sold on it! I’ll pick some up next time I see it… Thanks.

          • Corkerinna620 (Mobile AL) says:

            I think it may need refrigeration once opened. Not sure, tho.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Probably so. That’s okay. I just can’t spare the space in the fridge over a long period of time.

            • Marilyn, Dania Beach, FL says:

              Get the smaller containers of coconut water if you don’t have refrigeration room once it is opened. It is all right on the shelf until opened.

            • DeAnne in TN says:

              Blech! I hate coconut water! Spent a lot twice to try it and I just can’t tolerate it. Cranberry juice definitely my choice.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Hi, DeAnne!

            • Ronda western WA says:

              One could make a “cocktail” with both coconut water and cranberry. I’m not a coconut fan either but I think I’ll stock some. Can’t be worse than being sick. Hydration couldn’t have saved her but I’m sad to report I lost Keva my sweet & gentle giant (wolfhoundX) early this morning. I had rushed her to the emergency vet hospital Saturday evening. Her lungs had burst and collapsed. They got the air out n she was able to reinflate her lungs n breathe on her own but the hole was too big or something n during the night it was happening again. We made it back to the hospital in time to be with her while she still had enough air to kiss us n say goodbye. A very tearful night but thankful for the 7 years of joyful days with her. We adopted her when she was 2.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              What a traumatic night for you, Ronda! My heart breaks for both of you at this sudden and painful loss of your precious Keva. You did well by her, giving her a long, secure life.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Oh my god Rhonda! Sorry to hear about your sweet and gentle giant Keva.

  9. Steve Kaeseman says:

    hey RV Sue, Bridget and Reggie, I know it has been a long time since I wrote. Life has been getting in the way a lot. I still keep up when I can and eagerly await the tie=mes I can read what you have written.
    Just wanted you to know that my in-laws live in Silver City along with my sister/brother-in-laws and theirs kids 1 girl and 3 boys. My wife graduated from Silver High and Western New Mexico University. We hope you enjoy/enjoyed your time there. Hope the “speed bump” was not a major one and it all worked out for the best.
    Our respect, prayers and well wishes go with you, Bridget and Reggie as you follow your heart in your travels. May we one day pass each other on our travels, that is if the “speed bumps” in our lives come fewer and further between. Especially since we still need to buy a BTL of our own.
    May you have Fair Winds and Following Seas.

    Steve Kaeseman, SK1(SW), USN(Ret)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great to see you here, Steve. I understand how “life has been getting in the way a lot.” Thank you for the kind words and may you go where you want to go. 🙂

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Ahoy Steve from two fellow sailors.
      CDR NC USNR (Ret)
      CTMC USN (Ret)

  10. Pat McClain says:

    Another suggestion. Get a jar of Vicks vapo-rub. Next time you feel ill like that, rub some on your feet before bed.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, the Vicks. Remember that from childhood. My mother would take a dish towel soaked in hot water and place it on my chest over the Vicks.

      Put Vicks on my feet? What is that for? Fever?

      I probably had a UTI, the bane of women everywhere and something I’ve experienced throughout my adult life. I recognize the symptoms easily.

      • Marilyn, Dania Beach, FL says:

        Dr. Marilyn here again.

        Well done on the cranberry juice. I get it at Trader Joe’s for about $5/quart. Where do you find it out there?

        My friend suffered for a year and spent the entire time with the doctors, taking meds and all types of tests. Finally, she resorted to cranberry juice and all was well.

        I mentioned this to my coco water doctor and she said the cranberry juice changes your system’s pH and the UTI bacteria cannot survive. She is a wealth of knowledge.

        Now, I keep many quarts in my pantry. How do you drink it? I have to add some type of sweetener or I cannot manage to swallow it, even if it is chilled.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Interesting, Marilyn. I didn’t know all that about cranberry juice although I suspected it had to do with acid/alkaline balance because I craved citrus for several days prior. I’ve been eating Texas Red grapefruits… love ’em. Also the cranberry juice became palatable whereas I couldn’t drink it straight when I wasn’t ill.

          I discovered it helps to drink it at room temperature.

          I think I bought the cranberry juice at a Wal-Mart or Safeway because that’s where I shopped recently. The brand is Open Nature (no preservatives pure juice), paid more than $5. Seemed like an outrageous price at the time, whatever it was. Now it seems like a bargain!

        • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

          That is interesting! My kids love a ‘grandma cocktail’ of 7-up and cranberry juice mixed. My mother swore by that…

          So glad you feel better Sue. The flu has been horrid for people this year, so I got a bit concerned… so glad you are better.

          RIP sock monkey.
          Do Bridget and Reggie have a gift list on Amazon? 🙂 Hint hint.

          Hugs from Hoquiam!

      • Geri in the beautiful Florida panhandle says:

        My mom used to put Vicks on my feet and then cover them with oven warmed socks whenever the sniffles or flu symptoms showed up! It must have worked, I’m still kicking!

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Pat have you bought Vicks lately? A friend bought an new jar a week or so ago and said it was nothing like the good old stuff. She was disappointed. Not sure what they changed but likely it had to do with environment, just guessing.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Nothing is as good as it used to be. Clorox is a joke, as is Spic & Span, and vinegar just to name a few. I bought some Vicks recently too, and no it is not as good as the old stuff.

  11. WayneCampsmith says:

    Hello again Sue, At this point I can contain my questions no longer. Here is the first one on the list……………………
    How in good God’s name did you come up with the PTV?????????? Having the intestinal fortitude to by a 6 or 7 year old van with over 100,000 miles, an d for 8500.00?????? I do have to agree that a van does seem to be a perfect fit for full timing in a Casita… But how???? did you know the person you bought the van from?? I have been searching the net for vans and am seeing the kind I want out there (though not at the same great price you got)……Please tell me how you came to the conclusion of “your” PTV? Just a little about me………I am 60, a fulltime care for 2 parents who will both be 92 this year. Si I have no firm date of when I will be embarking on my “great adventure) and when I do it will of course be bitter sweet as my friends, my mom and dad will have passed and I will again be alone in the world. (a little dramatic) I do have 2 daughters, one in New Hampshire and one in Denver. I am not in touch with my Daughter in New Hampshire, (38) but my Daughter in Denver (22) we have the Love Hate relationship…………..Kids????????/ O kay enough about me, I can’t wait to hear about how the PTV

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Wayne,

      I’m happy to answer your questions about the Perfect Tow Vehicle!

      1) “How in God’s name did you come up with the PTV?”

      I wanted an engine with plenty of power, room for my crew to ride with me, and lots and lots of storage space. Most folks immediately think — I need a truck! A truck would take care of all three (with a cap on the bed). Giving it a lot of thought, I didn’t like the idea of having to crawl into a truck bed to retrieve items. That can get very old fast. (So would I!) I had experience driving a full-size van so it was an obvious choice for me.

      2) “How did you have “the intestinal fortitude to buy a 6 or 7 year old van with over 100,000 miles, and for $8.500.?”

      All my life I’ve driven used vehicles with high mileage and a few years on them. I wouldn’t know what it is like to drive a vehicle with low mileage. 🙂 The price seemed appropriate and was within my budget.

      3) “Did you know the person you bought the van from?”

      No, I didn’t. Online I found a place in Tucker, Georgia, “Wade’s Used Vans,” which was about an hour from my home. They sell vans from fleets. On the phone I explained why I wanted a van. One fit my needs. I drove over, checked it out, and wrote a check. (You can see Wade’s current inventory by using the link above.)

      To read more about preparing for a life on the road, go to my early posts which begin in April 2011, four months before I picked up the Best Little Trailer in Texas. Here’s a post that explains my thinking at the time I decided to buy a van:

      “Finding the perfect tow vehicle”

  12. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    Hi Sue, You probably have a Camco white fresh water hose. They are the worst hose made. They all leak. Keep looking for something else, one that works. I have a blue one that may be a Camco but better quality. No matter how many washers you use on the white Camco it will leak. The US Department of consumer Aches & Paines should stop these hoses from being put on the market.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You are absolutely correct, Joe! It’s a Camco white fresh water hose and it started leaking soon after I bought it ages ago. I appreciate the tip about the blue hose. I gave up on hoses due to the quick leak on this one, figuring I’d go through hoses like grapes.

      I’ll see if I can find an Amazon link. Thank you!

      Here’s one and it’s long…

      Camco 22853 Premium Drinking Water Hose (5/8″ID x 50′)

      • KC says:

        If the hose is just leaking at the ends where the fittings are that is an easy fix. Just head to any small town hardware store for the parts. Take the hose with you and they will probably cut the bad parts off for you. Unlike the big box stores you can get favors from the staff such as cutting a hose.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, KC,

          Thanks for the info. As a former gardener, I’ve repaired hoses before. Being on the road, it’s easier to replace. I haven’t done anything about the hose because I thought the problem was with high water pressure at some campgrounds which would blow the heck out of any hose. Some spigots actually shake because the water pressure is so high. I got in the habit of using one gallon jugs.

          • cc and canine (newly arrived in Oregon) says:

            The high water pressure is definitely a problem in RV parks. We got a brass water pressure regulator and initially used in when we hooked up to city water in campgrounds….Later we realized that we could use it also when filling the water tank for “dry camping”, as we could get more water into the tank. It would fill at a slower speed, eliminating the”blowback” as you filled the tank. We hook it up to the hose, and thenalso use one of the plastic nozzles that has an off switch, so that it can be a one person job.

            You probably know all this already, Sue, but lots of newbies might not!

            Haven’t commented lately as we were camping our way from Missouri, to our new home state of
            Oregon….but we’re all caught up on your blog now!

      • Rattlesnake Joe says:

        Yep that looks like mine alright. Go for it. Happy camping to you from now on.

  13. Colleen from Alabama says:

    What you just experienced is one of the things that I have thought about. Sick on the road. Just have to learn to go with the flow and do the best one can. I appreciate so much all your writings it is teaching me so much.

    42 days until I pick up my Casita….yeah!
    Glad your feeling better.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Colleen. I’m much better.

      That’s good feedback for me, very encouraging to know my blog teaches.

      Sick and solo…. It’s one of the big “what ifs” that keep some people from trying a life on the road. I look at it this way:

      I could be that crone sitting in a lawn chair in her printed house dress with a shotgun across her lap waiting for a Big What If to come into her line of sight.


      I could be free to roam as long as I’m blessed with good health and when it’s over, it’s over, and wow! what a time I had!

      Only 42 days to wait
      Colleen’s ready at the gate
      To hitch up her home
      and head out to roam
      Only 42 days — That’s great!

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Perhaps a good topic of discussion is a sick day kit ( of course everyone should have a well stocked first aid kit, and dog/kitty first aid kit if you have a four footed companion).
      I’ll start:

      Small amounts your usual pain reliever

      Pedialyte: Baby sections carry small packets dry electrolyte powder that can be mixed with water for dehydration whether from fever or heat. Weight and space is a consideration, though I too like coconut water, it doesn’t come dehydrated!

      I also keep some packets of EmergenC on hand

      A digital thermometer costs just a few bucks at Walmart.

      Canned or boxed or dry broth mix.

      A charged cell phone, even a prepaid with emergency contacts pre programmed.

      Anti- histamine in case of bites or stings or even allergic reactions to other substances it can either treat the problem or buy time to get to help.

      Easy prep food such as canned soup even if you prefer fresh, being able to open a can and eat cold or warm could be a relief while waiting for the “bug” to pass.

      What else is in your small emergency stash in your RV?

      Another item to be considered after hearing in a online forum that a solo woman rv’er had a stroke while shut up in her RV with her dogs ( found by the Ranger at the work camp where she was, she passed a few days later) is: a binder or folder in an obvious place in RV or a note to where to find it, with instructions such as how to contact family, what your insurance is, what should happen to your pets, where to find a will if you have one. no one likes to think about that topic, most of us want to think nothing will happen, but we must give it consideration.

      Sue, I’m guessing your family, sister pretty much know exactly where you plan to be and at what point to call out rangers to find you if they don’t hear from you?

    • Debra (CO) says:

      Wow Colleen – 42 days to go!! You must be so excited. When I get that close I think I’ll be too excited to go to sleep at night. Hope everything goes smoothly with the rest of your preparations and picking up the Casita.

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      Speaking of being sick on the road. When I was sick I had a terrible time seeing a Dr. as I had no primary care Dr. I finally went to the emergency room…on and on…and they suggested a primary care Dr. that might have time to fit me in. She did. She was in a skinny strip mall type place with no place to park my 27′ RV. I couldn’t park too far away because of my back issues. I finally had to park across about 5 parking spaces. When I came out…there were cars parked directly in front and in back of me. I couldn’t get out for a very long time. Not a fun time. Turns out I had shingles. Just a heads up for everyone.

  14. Corkerinna620 (Mobile AL) says:

    Gład you & crew have bouncedback, and new BLT shoes to boot. Take care & hugs to ALL Y’ALL!! 🙂

  15. Geri says:

    Sue, I hope you don’t mind but I posted this at the tail end of the previous comments. I was afraid it might be missed by someone who might want to try workamping this summer! If you don’t feel it is appropriate hrere, please feel free to delete.
    I would like to add a quick post here about RiverBend Hot Springs in Truth or Consequences NM needing workampers for the summer! I just want to say that this was our first job workamping and by far our most favorite! Jake is a very good person to work for and with! Best part is unlimited soaks overlooking the Rio Grand River! T or C is a great, funky little town and just thought a few blogerino’s out there might be interested. Google River Bend Hot Springs if you are interested!

  16. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue,

    I am glad you are feeling better. Nothing worse than not feeling well and you have new tires. I am glad you can rest now and get your strength back. I am also glad you have the crew with you to give you love and snuggles that we all need when we don’t feel good. Hugs and love!

  17. Gingerita in NE Indiana ( for now) says:

    So glad you are feeling better. Uti = pure misery for sure.

    Reading through the comments, I noticed PTV conversation. I have been looking up tow vehicles and their specs online and (much to my surprise) I keep coming back to a cargo van for towing capacity and easy access to my belongings. Also, I read somewhere that cargo vans keep on chugging for quite a while when properly maintained because they are built to haul and travel distances. Is that true? I don’t have a clue at this point, but it sure makes sense to me.

    Thanks for the post, I really appreciate that you tell it like it is. Life isn’t all lollipops and unicorns, unfortunately.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      My feelings on the subject of a tow vehicle are obvious. I’ll say it anyway… A van is a great choice for a full-timer’s tow vehicle! Go for it!

    • Debra (CO) says:

      I’ve been going round and round with this. I have had full size vans in the past and they are great for camping and hauling “stuff”. The problem I have is, I’m a fairly serious hiker and alot of the trailheads I go to require 4WD. I don’t want to give up being able to get to the places where I want to go in the mountains as this is what I really love doing. I’ve owned pickups also and I like driving them. The drawback to them is what Sue mentioned, having to climb up in the bed to get to stuff. Plus driving on dirt roads everything back there gets covered with dust. Another option would be a larger SUV like an Expedition. But it doesn’t have as much cargo space. So far, I haven’t come up with the “perfect” vehicle for me. But I have time still and I’m sure it will all come together.

      • Don in Okla. says:

        They do make vans that have been converted to four wheel drive. You might try doing a search online for “four wheel drive van conversions”. You will pay more but the 4WD van should get you there in good shape.

        • Debra (CO) says:

          Thanks Don, I wasn’t aware of that. I’ll do some research.

        • Velda in Roseville CA says:

          A good place,to check is Sportsmobile who build van conversions. They have I think 3 or 4 locations, including TX, CA! And I think Illinois. On their web site they list used vans when people trade up, and some are 4 WD vans. Their conversions run from the very elaborate and expensive to the very simple. All custom.

          • Debra (CO) says:

            Thanks Velda I will check them.

            I did a quick google last night and found there is a place not far from me in Boulder that say they have been doing van conversions for 20 years. I need to do more research on the cost. But I think I could buy a van and have the conversion done and the total cost would still be thousands less than buying a pickup. Pickups are very expensive!

            This may be just the answer I was looking for!
            If anyone has experience with a 4wd van would love to hear your comments.

            Blogorinos: Your input on 4wd vans?

  18. Pam and Maya, Still in NY says:

    Hi Sue and Crew, it’s amazing what you learn from reading this blog, cranberry juice and coco water eh? I’ll have to try it next time I’m under the weather. Glad to hear everyone is back on track!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m often amazed myself at the topics and information that pop up on my blog. I’ve learned a lot from blogorinos and continue to do so.

      Yes, we’re “back on track.” Thank you.

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      I sooo agree Pam!

  19. So glad that you are over that challenge and back to our healthy and vivacious Sue. Take care and guessing that you are restocking the cranberry juice.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilyn,

      I had to laugh at your comment. Being a low-energy person, even when at my best, no one ever calls me “vivacious.” Hahahaha! Thanks for that!

      No, I can’t restock the cranberry juice until we’re near a full-size grocery again. I should’ve done that when in Silver City.

      • Velda in Roseville CA says:

        Speaking of cranberry juice for the purpose you mentioned. I get cranberry capsules to use as needed. Store easier than bottled juice and for a long time. Of course if you like the juice it’s good too, but having a bottle of the caps could be part of your emergency sick day kit. I get mine at Costco but Amazon amd Walmart have them as well.
        I take a cranberry capsule when I think I might feel some irritation and drink it with a full glass of water, plus keep drinking extra fluids.

  20. Pat at Newport, Oregon says:

    Glad you are feeling better. Next time this happens drink a Alka-Seltzer, sounds strange but works.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Pat. Alka Seltzer for UTI? Never heard of that one…

    • bess in oregon says:

      Hey Pat H, glad to see that you made it to Oregon and i assume you are at your hosting job. maybe i will get over to Newport and meet you this Spring. welcome to your new home on the Coast!

  21. retiredcajunlady says:

    I am so glad you got your health and moxie back, Sue. It must be very daunting to be sick and alone with two furbabies. I do admire your tenacity!! I love the flashback picture…it looks so beautiful and peaceful! Thanks for sharing with us!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, retiredcajunlady. And thanks for the nice note. I’m glad you like the flashback photo. I enjoyed finding it at that post and watching the slideshow at the bottom. It brought me back to a very happy time with my original crew.

  22. Geri says:

    Being sick while on the road solo can be a problem for sure!
    Glad you had listened to your intuition and bought that cranberry juice! Interesting to read Marilyn’s comments about how it changes your ph levels when sick! See? We learn all kinds of things here. Glad your speed bump is behind you! (((hugs)))

  23. Lee J in Northern California says:

    I am so glad your UTI is resolved…I hate getting that issue, one of the few things that will make me tear up, knowing what I am in for. Bless your sweet heart.

    You are in New Mexico! I lived there from infancy till I was starting high school when my folks returned to where I was born, California.

    I last went there about ten years ago and I would love to go again, north part of the state going, south part of the state coming home. What a beautiful place! I can’t wait to see where you visit!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s great, Lee J… I hope my camps and travels in NM bring you happy memories.

  24. Renee from Idaho says:

    Oh Sue, I’m so sorry you were sick. I’m glad that you are getting better. It’s tough and yes when you have a traveling companion, it helps. That happened to the two of us years back on a trip. We only two weeks to get away for a road trip and DH got sick right as we left. He drove as far as he could. We stopped for him to sleep, then we continued on and then he got better on the 2nd day and then I got sick. Take care. You and little Bridgey.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Renee. How rotten! You both became ill on a two-week road trip. Your experience points out the importance of both in a couple learning how to do everything. The woman needs to dump tanks, add oil to the engine, hitch and unhitch, back up the big Class A, whatever. And the man needs to learn how to shop for nutritious meals and how to prepare them without involving the wife every step of the way… and cook what SHE likes. Okay, I’m done. (Pet peeve of mine is surfacing…)

      Your road trip experience reminds me of the blessing of being retired. I didn’t have the worry of returning to work, of meeting a schedule. If needed, I could’ve paid the $85 and rested for another week. At one point I thought I might have to do that. I’m grateful for the strength of my immune system.

      • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

        Yes, Sue, you are so right. That was way back with our first RV. Now? I help drive, pull in to gas stations, hookup and backup and DH not only shops but cooks.

  25. Wendy says:

    I am sorry you felt sick 🙁 But…you sort of gave me permission to feel less guilty. Thank you 🙂 I have a whole boatload of autoimmune and neurological issues, plus an incisional hernia bigger than a pregnancy. It’s like having the flu 24/7…and more. Many days I consider it a triumph to be alive and breathing. I am in a power wheelchair and have been stuck in one spot for almost 4 years now. I miss my RV. I miss wandering around. When “normal” people feel some of what I do, it’s not easy to continue. I need to quit beating myself up because I am so disabled right now. Until I am on the road again, thank you for letting me live vicariously through your blog. I hope all is well with you ASAP!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Wendy. I’m so sorry you live with that. It must be incredibly difficult. When I was writing this post, several people came to mind, readers of this blog who have major health challenges. I thought, “Gee, I bet they’d trade with me in a flash.” I went ahead anyway and detailed the temporary discomfort and how I coped in hopes it would present a realistic picture of life on the road, which is my aim with this blog.

      I’m glad you can get vicarious enjoyment from reading about our travels…. until you, too, are on the road making your own “stories.” Yes, “quit beating yourself up.” Be kind to yourself always. Thanks for writing.

    • Kay from KC! says:

      Wendy, You sound like you have a great spirit and I’m sorry for what you’re going through. I have never been ‘RVing’ but I understand that it’s very hard for people to give up. Please take care of yourself!

      Kay from KC!

  26. Mick'nTN says:

    Don’t forget the “Tooter” for emergencies. Blast it … 3 short, 3 long, 3 short; wait a couple minutes, repeat.

    Love your Blog 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good reminder, Mick. I haven’t put up the antenna pole with tooter in several weeks because internet signal has been excellent. When we enter bear country soon, I’ll have the tooter hooked up for sure.

      Nice hearing from you…

  27. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    you go girl…….glad to see you feeling better……
    I think you just described every day for me….Im up all nite, take naps in the
    afternoon but neck always hurts, shoulders always hurt but I dont expect
    anything less at 71… golden years……HA….
    THANKS again for your posting….always enjoy reading it…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, chuck… You’re welcome.

      I’m sad to hear you have daily pain in your neck and shoulders. Do you know why? Isn’t there something that can be done? That can take the joy out of a day. 🙁

  28. Claudia says:

    I am glad you are feeling better. I too suffered from UTI’s until I started taking a daily
    cranberry pill which can be found at any Walmart. If you don’t want to take a daily pill
    you can keep a bottle of AZO on the shelf. It is specifically for that particular aliment. It works very fast when taken at the first sign of that miserable feeling.
    Also at Walmart you can buy chewable glucosamine for dogs. Helps with joint pain.
    Happy and safe travels to you and the crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Claudia,

      I’m interested in the information you shared. Not knowing what AZO is, I looked it up at Amazon. Here’s a link: AZO Cranberry Urinary Tract Health, 25,000mg equivalent of cranberry fruit, Softgels 100 count

      I want some of that!

      As for the glucosamine, I’ve tried that with several dogs over the years and never noticed much improvement. Isn’t that for arthritis, rather than an injury such as Bridget has?

      Thanks for the suggestions… Very helpful for me and probably for many others.

      • Cat Lady still stuck in Central, La. says:

        Sue, wear your old lady panties when you take the AZO…it turns them orange…it works, just discolors your panties and no, you’re not getting that stain out.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, ugh. This blog is really nitty gritty. Haha!

        • Don in Okla. says:

          Really more info than we need here!!

          • Don in Okla. says:

            I will be looking at the AZO for Mom as she gets the UTI’s quite often at the manor.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Pfffttt!!! Don! There goes my coffee all over the keyboard!!!

            • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

              I love AZO, that is what just recently got me through my UTI…we had it at the same time…mine was raging like a bull, hit hard and fast with fever just like you..AZO and antibiotics and things are on the mend. I need cranberry juice!

            • Joyce Sutton says:

              Azo turns everything it touches orange permanently. Dribbles in the tile floor are permanent. And dribbles often happens in cases of uti. But they wrk well Men and women both have crippling UTIs. Women are more susceptible because of anatomy but in males can be more serious.

            • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

              Luckily I don’t dribble, yet anyway..ha!

  29. Ilse says:

    Dear Sue,
    I’m sending you lots of “Stay Well” wishes. The best way to get over pretty much anything is one to three days of water fasting and lots of rest. Fevers are good. They are our body’s natural way of burning up unwanted bacteria and viruses.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ilse,

      I tried to follow what you’re saying. I didn’t medicate the fever away and I didn’t eat anything and I let myself rest. The only thing different — drinking the cranberry juice.

      Thanks for the “stay well” wishes. I send a load of them to you, too!

  30. weather says:

    It’s wonderful that you(and Bridget) recovered by just taking good care of yourselves. I’m sorry you were so sore/ill. If you would like to know specifics that can prevent UTI, please say so. I understand completely if you prefer not to . I’m comfortable discussing pretty much anything I mention on here, if someone’s experience is in common or not. I just don’t want to possibly take you or the comments section outside of your comfort zone without your expressed preference.

    It’s so nice that a park was available, nearly empty and had the amenities you needed and enjoyed. I appreciate when you include the details, prices and overview as you did. I find it so helpful, if I go there great, if not ,I like to use information like that for comparisons sake. Another great description you made is the challenges of a solo, rver, or not. Even when in familiar surroundings it’s difficult to deal with feeling sick, when traveling it’s compounded and multiplies what we need to do.And yes,Ha! no one is around to see us when we’re such a mess feels like a gift. I’m sure you were grateful for that, and even more for the sparrow’s visit.How delightful! You frequently have quite mysterious and wonderful such encounters. I love that 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      I’m pretty comfortable with just about any topic (I think) as long as it isn’t too controversial. Um…. not sure what you want to write… Feel free to go ahead. 🙂

      The feedback on rv park details and coping with sickness helps me know what to include in my posts. Yes, even when in a regular home, being sick while single can be challenging.

      That sparrow gave me just the lift I needed to get through the worst part. Gosh, the stuff I could tell you about birds in my life. I’m sure you have your stories, too.

      • weather says:

        Ha! I can imagine things that went through your mind, indelicate, controversial or just funny. This is just about clothing choices. One might find it counter intuitive to not wear underpants. Beside societal norms that suggest what’s proper we’re told wearing them is more sanitary so healthier. When using the bathroom rinsing with plain water when warranted before drying takes care of the cleanliness part. Most underwear moves too closely into the area, mild chafing and slight irritation there can result. Whatever every day imbalance we have ordinarily resolves itself. Part of that is done by excreting the unneeded bacteria, yeast, etc. If reintroduced by clothes pushing them into our tissues, especially damaged ones, it can cause infections. All other clothing can more easily be adjusted so that isn’t allowed to happen. Also, before some activities that move our body parts where they push anything inward, bicycling for example, having a glass of water is useful so we eliminate soon afterwards. The rest you’re familiar with I think. No soap in clothes that irritates the person, no soap that dries delicate tissues when bathing, cranberry, etc. Many find fibers in soft or fluffy pajamas or lounging clothes bothersome so wear oversized ones, I do.

        It would be great to hear about birds in your life, I hope we have the chance to talk about that sometime.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Okay, now I see why you were hesitant. 🙂 Thanks for the suggestions. You reminded me of a joke I heard by a comedienne regarding Victoria’s Secrets panties. She said they ought to come with a tube of Monistat. And that’s all I’m gonna’ say about that!

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            Wow! That was a wealth of information.

            Hmm…lets see if we can picture err umm ahh (whisper) RVSue going commando or wearing granny panties ?

          • weather says:

            To be clear, I wasn’t suggesting, just wanting you aware of potential benefits in options. Now that you are, it would please me if you deleted my reply on the topic, and so this one, too.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Oh, what the heck…. Your note is okay. We’re all grown-ups. . . and the information has value. 🙂

            • weather says:

              Good then, I hope you’re having a great day so far and continue to. I have the jeep at the repair shop so am grateful to get to enjoy catching up on most of what’s new around my part of the world and in the comments on here. I saw springtime’s first two bunnies, beyond cute!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              awww… 🙂

              Good luck with the jeep!

          • Kay from KC! says:


            You brought me my first smile of my day! Thanks!

            Kay from KC!

  31. Jazz Lover says:

    Dear Sue,
    Glad you are on the mend. Cranberry juice was a great choice and an aspirin may have helped with your leg aches all tho I think taking pills is not one of your favorite things to do. Uti’s can leave you feeling like you went 5 rounds with Cassius Clay and wish someone would just put you out of your misery. Had one or two while living out of my van on Cape Cod many years ago . Thank God for four legged hot water bottles! The sparrow was a sign that things would get better and they did. Take it easy until you get your strength back fully. Glad you found a nice, reasonable RV park to stop at during this time, and got tires for the PTV. One less worry. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Be Well,


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Jazz Lover.

      You describe a UTI very well! And, I agree, having the crew with me is and was a comfort. Both Bridget and Reggie felt sorry for me and tried to help by licking my legs. It was really weird at first, but nice of them, the little pumpkins.

      That sparrow gave me the enouragement I needed! 🙂

  32. Linda-NC says:

    Hi Sue! Glad to hear that you are feeling better. Have you ever heard of Goldenseal? It is an herb that is antibacterial, anti fungal and a natural antibiotic. Not something that you want to take all of the time. But when not near medical facilities, a good thing to have on hand. I have used it for UTI’s with plenty of water, cranberry juice etc and it does the job. It will kill the bacteria where cranberry juice does not. Just thought that I would throw that out there. Doesn’t take up much space either:)) Sending imaginary treats to the crew and much rest for you. Take care.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the suggestion, Linda. I’ve heard of Goldenseal, of course… never used it.

      Gee, we’re amassing quiet an arsenal of weapons in this comment section today. 🙂 I’m sure there are readers who will benefit from the discussion.

  33. Debbie Hearne says:

    Hi Sue and sweet babies, I have a suggestion for UTI. Cranberry capsules. I take two per day and have not had a UTI in 10 years. My aunt told me about them years ago, since then I have shared the information with many friends and they have had success also. Much easier to carry and if you feel an infection coming on you can increase the dose.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Debbie,

      Thanks for adding your recommendation regarding cranberry capsules to Claudia’s (above). I posted a link to Amazon for them. If I could have them shipped right now, I’d order them. Handy to have around!

      • Cat Lady still stuck in Central, La. says:

        Another food that will greatly help is yogurt with active enzymes, at least I think it’s enzymes. Whatever is active they put in yogurt. It works.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yes! I have Greek God Yogurt. Love it! I haven’t had much appetite during this little episode. I don’t doubt it will return in full force.

  34. Sometimes I think we get better faster when we don’t have an option 🙂 Glad your little bird stopped by to let you know you’d be fine. Good to know of that sweet little park in Silver City.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You make an interesting point, Jodee. The will to get better… wish it worked in all circumstances for everyone!

  35. Debra (CO) says:

    So glad you are better Sue. Illness is certainly more of a complication for those of us who are solo, RVing or not. I don’t have any family nearby, they all live in FL & AL. I do have some good neighbors and can call for help if I need it. But I try to be self sufficient as much as I can. Reading your experience is prompting me to think more about this and how to be better prepared when on the road. There have been some great suggestions already in previous posts. I do always keep some soup on hand so all that needs to be done is heat it. I like the Pacific Organic Vegetable Lentil & Roasted Red Pepper soup, it is very good!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That soup sounds delicious, Debra. I had a friend years ago who made fantastic lentil soup. Lentils are a comfort food. I’d like to try that.

  36. bess in oregon says:

    Hi Sue, i am glad that you are back to feeling better and i appreciate all the details about UTI’s from the Blogerinos.

    Barry’s mom had recurring UTI’s and we learned that as women age, the signs of an impending infection change too. in her 80’s, she wouldn’t get that sick feeling, or a fever, or the need to frequently go potty or even a that old standard: burning sensation. her main symptom was smelly urine and disorientation that turned into delusions.

    i am grateful that when i have a UTI, i still have the tell-tale symptoms that let me know what to do.

    a friend found that D-manos works very well. that isn’t spelled right i am sure! it is available on Amazon. it blocks the fiber-lining in the bladder from storing the bacteria. i guess the bacteria likes to hide and feed on the sugars in these fibers. i may not have these details correct but it is worth investigating. my mother in law used it too, as well as cranberry pills.

    i had just been wondering how you would be able to manage if you got ill while being a solo RV person, and you have described it beautifully. i am happy you were in a good RVPark so that you could rest and the little birdie could give you the sign that the recovery was working. much love sent your way!

    • bess in oregon says:

      it is D Manoose.

      • bess in oregon says:

        round 3: D Mannose. sorry 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          What a weird word anyway!

          • Michele in Sunset Beach, NC says:

            Yes, D-Mannose is a weird word. LOL! But it is a great word. UTIs are very common and the first thing my doctor prescribes is an antibiotic. The last time I had a UTI I skipped the antibiotic and purchased UT Answere with D-Mannose & Cranberry Concentrate with Vitamin C. It is made by Nature’s Answer. It worked great. I chose this product because it had the greatest concentration of D-Mannose per dose and because of the price. And it is a liquid and I had trouble taking pills. Comes in a small 4 oz bottle so you don’t have to store large bottles of Cranberry Juice. Also keeps a long time…expiration date of my last purchase is November 2018. Get some from Amazon!

            Here’s the link. — Sue

            Nature’s Answer UT Answer Cranberry Flavor, 4-Fluid Ounces

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, bess, for the information.

      About managing when becoming ill while traveling solo….

      This is another reason to pace oneself. There are different ways to travel and none are wrong, except there are ways to travel that are advantageous when one is alone and becomes sick. Instead of RVing like a quarterback on the way to the goal posts, travel like a kid playing hopscotch. Make short hops between camps. That’s my method and it has saved me aggravation, exhaustion, and even peril.

      When you keep your travel days short and start early in the day, you don’t arrive tired and prone to make accidents. You can keep yourself well rested and relaxed (stress can lead to illness). You can make choices rather than “this will have to do.” If you feel yourself becoming sick while traveling, you have plenty of daylight to react (choose an rv park, find a medical clinic, whatever).

      Plus I think a slower pace is more fun!

  37. BadgerRickInWis says:

    OK, So it sounds like you are on the mend (thank goodness) and not looking for get well wishes. But I can’t help thinking of poor old sock monkey.

    Yes, he deserved every bit of abuse that Reggie dished out. If for no other reason than the constant smirkin’ smile just begging to get wiped off his face. But still it seems like such an inglorious end for what had become a long time member of the family.

    Ah well, sayonara Socky.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I hate to break the news, Rick, but Socky isn’t the only one. Limey met a similar fate. That’s right. It was horrible. Stuffing everywhere. I shudder at the memory of it. And I thought he loved Limey.

      The scary part is… I’m seeing a pattern develop. He’s going after “Bite Me” the flea, as well as Armadillo, with the same ruthless vengeance.

      Could Reggie have a dark side? What evil lurks within that cute little body, behind those big brown eyes?

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        “Who knows what evil lies in the hearts of dogs.
        The Shadow knows.”

        Seriously though I wouldn’t worry about it. This is obviously just part of Reggie’s special ops training in his role as “Royal Protector Of The Crew.”

  38. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Glad you’re feeling better! Being under the weather isn’t any fun…period.

    Reg man destroyed sock monkey? I was laughing at the photo on the last post where he appeared to be stalking the armadillo from his perch aka your lounge chair! Not Limey too! How about a Kong..with a smudge of peanut butter stuffed inside? Indestructible and a great way to occupy his time.

    How are you doing on Bridgees supply of Tramadol?

    Enjoy your evening

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Cinandjules,

      Bridget has a good supply of Tramadol, about 20 pills and her dosage is a half-pill. She only takes 1-3 doses when she has a “spell.” Nice of you to ask.

      A Kong is probably a great idea except if I bring peanut butter home I’ll be eating it up.

      Have a good night!

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Hah! How are you about dog treats? You can stuff them inside instead of peanut butter.

        AO uses both…during our trips to town. She’s crated because she likes to turn on the burners of the stove (propane…not good). If we don’t give her something to occupy her time she chews on her front legs.

        Did ya remember to change the spare tire also? I know I’m getting ahead of the post.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No, I didn’t change the spare tire also. Not because I forgot it, just because I didn’t think it needed to be changed.

          It sounds like AO gives you some “challenges”… trying to burn the house down perhaps?

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            When we changed the tires on the RV we didn’t think so either! Why change it…it hasn’t been used…right? We were then reminded the spare is the same AGE as the 8 that touch the road…and what good is a spare that you can’t count on!

            $2000 dollars later………peace of mind!

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Oops…forgot about AO. We have that electronic ignition…clicks as the propane releases…then you turn the knob up for the flame….she only gets to the click click click part!

              Oh yeah she’s a handful! Meh thinks ..correction knows, she’s spoiled rotten and negative attention is attention! Ugh!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I understand your reasoning and probably most agree with it. The way I look at it — and maybe I’m wrong — I only need the spare to get me to a place to buy another tire. My way of dealing with a flat is this:

              1) Use fix-a-flat and drive to a tire place.

              2) If the tire is shredded, call for emergency road service (or accept an offer of help from an individual) to put on the spare, and then go to a tire place. If the spare goes flat on the way to the tire place, use fix-a-flat.

              3) If all else fails, get a tow truck.

              I have an air compressor should the spare need air.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Yes you have a “knack” when it comes to adapting to the ever changing scenario of life! Rock on desert woman!

  39. Chuck Hajek says:

    Hi Sue n crew! Glad you’re better…cranberry juice does wonders. Pineapple is another cureall for a lot of nasty stuff! Keep a can in the cupboard. That little sparrow was a harbinger of better times and it proved true! You have two great little nurses that help yoyu more than you know…….though sometimes you may wonder!!!!! Glad to see you getting new tires…..stay safe kiddo n crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I do have a can of pineapple in the cupboard. Forgot all about it. Thanks.

      Yeah, I’m glad about the tires. The wear on one of the oldies was looking very strange and that was bothering me. A section was smooth, not at the edges like when tires are under inflated, or only in the middle when they’re over inflated. This was across one section and only on one tire.

  40. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Wow…isn’t it grand to be past feeling poorly?? Glad you are ok…scary too being alone…but at least you were near people who might help out if you needed the help!! Good plan.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, if I needed help, having neighbors would be good. As it was I feared someone would notice that I was acting sick and then I’d have well-meaning people at my door, waking me up, “Hellloooooo! Sue!!!! I have some homemade soup for you!” All I wanted to do was curl up and sleep.

  41. Fulltimer Judy says:

    I also have had the experience of being sick while traveling solo. Luckily it has just been something like bronchitis. It is a concern that I might fall and break something or have a stroke or something serious.

    One very nice thing about the community of people who full-time or most-time is that people are extremely helpful. Last time I had bronchitis exacerbated by asthma, I had next door neighbors who offered to help do anything or run to the store for me. I sometimes spend an entire day indoors working online, and last year had a lady knock on my door after dinner to make sure I was OK.

    You were in a pretty deserted campground, so may not have had such offers, but it is important for people contemplating this life that they are really never alone. In fact, if you had really needed help, you could have posted and your online friends would have come running, I’ll bet!


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You give everyone a clear look at what it’s like to be a solo full-timer and fall ill. Yes, serious medical events are a concern for us. The BIG WHAT-IF . . . . !

      Most of the people at Ridgepark RV left during the day, going to work perhaps? I think one or two were in their RVs and I could’ve asked for their help if needed.

  42. Fulltimer Judy says:

    Oops, forgot something.

    With the symptoms you had, especially the back pain, you should consider the possibility of kidney stones. They often cause bladder infections and back pain, plus those other symptoms.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, kidney stones are something I try not to worry about. I’ve had the same symptoms throughout my adult life, one time requiring hospitalization. Although a kidney infection was never determined by test (this was 40+ years ago), a stone was never passed then nor in the intervening years.

  43. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Hi Sue!

    Have you been bingeing on a LOT of citrus by chance? Or ingesting anything with aspartame in it? (artif. sweetener) If so, UTI may not be the issue.

    Your inquiry into AZO probably showed you several types they offer. AZO ‘standard’ has worked wonders .

    Glad you are getting back to full speed. 🙂

    MV gal

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, MV gal,

      No, I wouldn’t say I’ve been “bingeing” on citrus. A grapefruit a day. I don’t eat aspartame.

    • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

      Hi MV gal, I am curious to know why you include asparatime in your comment…and why maybe not UTI. I can get uti-like symptoms if I drink too much On-The-Go packets…just curious.

      • Velda in Roseville CA says:

        I have no clue what on-the-go is, but aspartame can cause different symptoms in different people. For me it was migraines and or a nasty metallic taste win my mouth for several days after a aspartame laced something. Took me a bit of sleuthing to figure that out. I avoid aspartame carefully with label reading now. On the other hand bladder irritation can be caused by different things and may feel like a uti. For me gluten, just a single accidental ingestion, can cause me bladder irritation for 24 to 48 hours. Cranberries property is to make the bladder more slippery so bacteria can’t stick and reduce irritation. That Azo which adds color to your life ( ha ha) must have what I think we called Pyridium if i’m remembering the name right ( been many years) which acted sort of like a local anesthetic to reduce discomfort while the antibiotics or in this case cranberry, could do its work to clean things up. And yes it causes bright yellow which can stain clothing! Not sure that ingredient is needed though as cranberry with increased fluids can solve the problem if caught early enough. On the other hand if you have a fever with uti and or flank pain, it’s time to seek more help than a cranberry can give although the continued first aid of the juice or capsules won’t hurt until you can get to help. Prevention is key with bladder and kidneys. Adequate hydration and knowing what your triggers are is important. Cotton underwear with no dyes has been implicated for some people as a trigger, as well as various foods, but dehydration is #1 on the list of triggers/ factors.
        A new very important thing to know. ( which I was unaware of until last summer). Kidney cancer is apparently on the rise. One friend was diagnosed last summer and her diagnosis came after a unresolved uti which led to further investigation to see if the ongoing issue was actually kidney. It was but was cancer not infection. She is on treatment and improving but was surprised to learn obesity was known to be associated with the increase. She had lost 100 lbs 4 years before diagnosis with cancer of kidney. If your symptoms don’t go away or keep returning, it’s important to get it checked out.
        Hope everyone is off to a good start to a beautiful week.

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        Hi Birder Woman!

        After lifelong visits to the health care professionals with so-so results, a coworker and friend gave me a book on interstitial cystitis. Certain highly acidic ‘foods’ can irritate the bladder lining(s) in some people at different times. I used to chug orange juice by the quart. Didn’t use to bother me. What set me off, and the proverbial light bulb went on, was downing a large beach cup of Ruby Red grapefruit juice over an evening then spending the rest of the night on the floor waiting for the AZO to kick in. Then, after removing that juice and, sadly, pineapple and cranberry and the whole fruit from my intake, symptoms disappeared. Small quantities are fine; just not a full large glass in one go.

        UNTILL I noticed the signs again. The book states aspartame and/or phenylalanine (NutraSweet and others) will cause the same discomfort. I’ve found them in many things now. Yoghurt, Ensure type protein shakes, some bottled drinks, etc. Keeping an eye out for those things, I then rarely had any issues. If any twinges of pain showed up, I went back to confirm that what I just had contained that additive.

        Disappointing that none of the medical professionals had a clue about the subject.

        Hope this information is of use for you and you can get rid of THAT pestiferous problem. Bright minds shouldn’t be distracted from better things… Adventures!

        • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

          I concur with the asparatime, I get only slight symptoms but symptoms none-the-less. This infection was not from those things, it hit hard and I only had one choice, call the doctor ASAP and when I picked up drugs, went right to bed. I so understand why Sue spent that time in bed. Awful stuff..I will be more careful and try to hydrate like we all should. I think I got too dehydrated while I was too busy to take good care of myself…enough of that!

          Thanks for the feedback MV and Velda! 🙂

  44. Rhodium, RI says:

    I want to second the notion of online friends. Should you need some time in a hospital, I am sure many people here would be willing to pet sit or transport the crew to a friend or relative you would designate. How you would vet the volunteers I do not know, and this is easy for me to say, 4 days away, but I suspect you have already thought about this.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, I have thought about it, Rhodium. I trust if I’m ever in a tight fix like you describe that I’ll be able to figure out a way to deal with it, including care for the crew. The world is full of people willing to help, like the blogorinos.

  45. MB from VA says:

    Hi Sue. I’m so glad to hear that you are feeling better. For me, the single life is 99% good. The only downside is what you just described….only at least, for now, I am near a town where I was born…. But things have to get done and animals need to be fed, watered and otherwise cared for no matter how you feel. And there is no, “Honey, would you mind feeding for me today?” 🙂 Even then, the perks of my single life outweigh the not so good things. I know it’s not for everyone…..but it is for me. I’m glad you can nest somewhere for awhile, rest and get your strength back. Love and good wishes from VA!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, MB,

      So true…. The single person with responsibilities has to know how to survive in tough situations, whether living in an RV or in a stationary home. You have to get those chores done! The animals cannot wait for you to feel like it.

      During my years as a single I’ve encountered situations (and lived in subcultures) where the assumption was that all women had a husband and therefore they had time and energy to produce wonderful covered dishes any day of the week, put together social events, take care of other people’s children, shop for gifts/prizes, provide meals for men whose wife was away, volunteer for this and that, etc. The men didn’t carry that burden; they showed up to eat and sit around chewing the fat. Used to aggravate me to no end, until I said “enough!” (Not blaming the men; women bring this on themselves.) 🙂

      • MB from VA says:

        LOL! Well… friends learned early on to put me on the list to bring paper products or soft drinks! ;-P

  46. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    I just wanted to give my support to Ronda western WA over the loss of her beloved Keva. I’m so, so sorry. Take care and in time it will get better. We never forget our beloved, faithful, companions, but the pain lessens in time.

  47. Applegirl NY says:

    So glad you’ve come through. You’re awesome!

  48. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    So sorry you weren’t feeling well!!!!! That is what I worry about for you….being alone and getting sick. I am going to add my suggestion…Pedialyte is better than Gatorade when you are sick. My old stand by is Canada Dry Ginger Ale. Relieved you are feeling better.
    Love to you and the crew!!!!

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