Jessi on the way to Texas. Not feeling very well, but a real trooper!
June 12, 2004
Well itâ€™s been an interesting start to this vacation. Everything was pretty much on schedule until about , last night. Then Jessi started complaining about having an abdominal pain. So it was off to the emergency room. 3 Â˝ hours later I was on my way to Walgreens to pick up an antibiotic and a pain pill. Theyâ€™re not sure what is wrong, but itâ€™s not appendicitis or kidney stones. They did a CAT scan, took blood, and urine. There were a couple of things out of the ordinary. The urine had a slightly elevated white blood count and some bacteria. Her CAT scan showed a lot of gas in her large intestines.
Aunt Murrel's birthday cake
So the diagnosis was he wasnâ€™t sure. Either gas cramps or a kidney infection. Heâ€™s treating for the infection.
We didnâ€™t get to bed until . Then Margo got up about , and me a half hour later. No showers. We finished the packing and left to pick up Margoâ€™s Mom. We picked her up and then make a quick stop at Jessiâ€™s boyfriendâ€™s house so she could say goodbye. After all that, we ended up being just about on schedule. Right now we are in Littleton, on I-25 and itâ€™s about . Mileage, before I forget was 23500. Weâ€™re taking Margoâ€™s Impala this year. We havenâ€™t gone on vacation and not rented a car since 1996. I hope nothing goes wrong. Itâ€™s a 2003 and has given us no trouble so far.
Very long day yesterday.
Aunt Murrel, the Birthday Girl. I hope my mind is as sharp as her's is when I'm 80!
I was awake for 20 out of the 24 hours yesterday. I didnâ€™t get caught up on the sleep last night either. But, overall, it was a good first day. All of Margoâ€™s family down here is real nice. We are down in Amarillo to celebrate her Grandaunt Murrellâ€™s 80th birthday. I had no idea what to expect as far as the party, or for that matter if there would even be one. But, all of Aunt Murrellâ€™s kids were here. They can all cook and they can eat. All of the food was good, and no one was shy about eating. Not that I canâ€™t hold my own in that department, but for some reason I wasnâ€™t expecting so much, so fast. I mean we pulled in front of Aunt Murrellâ€™s house at about . Less than two hours later we were sitting down to a genuine feast. Eating and listening to the reminiscing and the banter back forth was the story for the rest of the day. I didnâ€™t do much talking, as I both didnâ€™t have much to add, and didnâ€™t want to get in the way of the â€śole timesâ€ť. But, after I was done eating and everyone else was pretty much still working on theirs, I started taking pictures. That broke the ice for some of the others and they got out their cameras too. I got a decent picture of just about everyone. I got to visit a little after that.
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