Last summer we got a Rockwell popup camper and did a couple of camping sessions. Maybe 2 or 3? I can't recall. The first trip was a complete disaster. Roy had to work and the kids and I woke up the following morning with water all over the camper floor. I called Roy at work in a panic because I couldn't figure out how to fix the problem. The solution "Turn the water off until I get off work." Okay fine - we can keep ourselves busy for the day doing stuff. Lunch time arrives and the kids were starving. I tried to turn the stove on and nothing. I call Roy again - "Hmm I'm not sure. I'll look at it when I get off work. Take the kids out for lunch?" From there it seemed like one thing after another. The first year felt like a disaster with the camper. I really didn't enjoy it at all. I thought "What a waste - I had such high hopes for camping but this isn't much fun at all." We had no clue how to properly pack a pop up and often felt over crowded and pressed for space.
Fast forward to this year and I'm LOVING it. It's amazing the number of resources that are online for popup camping and how to make it work for a family of 5. We've learned to pack what we need and leave what we don't need at home. We've also added a great deal of space by turning the screen room into an outdoor kitchen area of sorts by purchasing a $30 folding table from Walmart. I basically feel like we're camping pros and there's nothing I love more than hitting the campground for the weekend.
I deliberately haven't been posting too much about my personal life online and I admit I miss blogging. I still Facebook but I find it pretty annoying these days. I want to get back to writing and if people want to follow me and read then that's great. If not, that's fine as well. I'll be posting more about what I've been up to in future posts but let's just say it's been a very stressful few months and for the past few weeks we've been enjoying our time at the campground. You never know just how long or short your life might be on this earth and this summer I'm all about making lifetime memories with my family.
In this past year I've seen my husband fall extremely sick due to a disease I've never even heard of before called Menieres disease. Back in October I was sound asleep when I heard a thud on the bathroom floor. I ran and found Roy in a heavy sweat moaning and groaning. I was terrified he was having a heart attack so I called for help. Long story short, it wasn't a heart attack and he was diagnosed with an ear infection. He was put on antibiotics for the ear infection and things didn't get better. We went back to emerg again and he was given a prescription for anti-inflammatories which still didn't work. Roy just kept getting sicker and having extreme vertigo attacks and nausea. It was terrifying for the kids and I to see because we had no idea what was wrong and the hospital just kept telling us it was his ear. One day he had a major attack at work which involved calling 911 to have an ambulance rush us off to emerg. There he received IVs for the better part of the day and Dr. Beck (a relation somehow I'm sure!) made a referral to see an ENT specialist in Summerside. This was back in December. During that visit Roy was diagnosed with Menieres disease and told to severely restrict his sodium intake along with caffeine and alcohol. Roy doesn't even do pop so the caffeine and alcohol were no problem but the no salt has been difficult. We were originally told 1500-2000 mg daily but even at this level Roy has been having attacks. He's not responding well to medications so just last week we had an MRI performed at the QEH to rule out a possible brain tumor. I'm happy to report that it came back CLEAR! But now we're back to trying to figure out life with Menieres disease, what his triggers are and how to control the horrible episodes.
I've joined about every Facebook group I can find and have reached out to many members seeking their advice. On he outside looking in it sounds easy to just cut out salt but it's shocking just how many products have salt in them. It doesn't take long for 1500 mg to add up in the run of a day. Roy loves cheese and a small little block carries a whopping 250mg per serving.
Sorry...I just realized I said I wasn't going to go into details about life and here I've already started babbling on. I guess I needed to get some of that out. In the meantime, expect more posts about camping, work, life, Menieres, camping and dieting....and did I mention camping? lol.
I'm exhausted from camping this weekend and sore from a major sunburn. I'll post more tomorrow!