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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Leading a charmed life

I've been reading many blogs lately. When you live fulltime in an RV you are lucky because many people that do this seem to have time to write blogs. Of course that means that there is a lot to read  from folks that have a lot in common with you. Many like to concentrate on how they went for a walk this morning, or their trips to the store. Many write complaining about the other RV people who (they think) spend too much money, or are showing off their fancy RV. Most just write about their day and adventures or misadventures.

I don't think that many people would read an blog about someone who lives in a  house or apartment who tells you about things like,  I had to get my water heater fixed today. No one would ever read about your trips to get your prescriptions refilled or Dr appts.  Well, the blogs I read are full of stuff like that.

I'm here today to tell you that I lead a charmed life. I've pretty much got anything I ever wanted. I know that I've got more than I deserved. I was told 25 years ago I had this genetic lung disease and I expected not to be around by now. Instead, I've been lucky enough to be able to get medicine that had been approved by the FDA only a year before.
I was also lucky enough to have my insurance pay for a very expensive medicine. I was lucky to have Debbie, my wife and real life nurse to stick my arm with an IV needle every week to dispense this medicine. I'm also lucky to have a portable oxygen concentrator that makes oxygen with a battery. This allows me to do what I do and go where we want.

Now, I know this doesn't mean a lot to many. My intent is to stir some interest with handicapped people. You know, where there is life, there is hope.

How many of you lead a charmed life? I have these things in my life. A wonderful Wife and partner that gets me. Wonderful Children that work hard, raise children, honor their families.  I've always had a nice place to live, good food, good friends I've enjoyed spending time with. Does any of this sound familiar? How about something as simple as a TV program you love to watch, a video game you love to play, a weekly bowling or golf game? All the many other things that you get to see or experience?

Don't wait for something bad to happen before you finally realize that you do, in fact lead a charmed life...
Look at these...

All these people and many more are part of my charmed life. Think about yours.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Enjoying the simple things.

This morning we went for our walk. Its amazing the variety of RVsthat there are. Aside from all the "Bus" type RVs, we've seen a dozen varieties of the pull behinds. Some beautiful vintage and some quirky teardrop shape cuties. Its easy to forget when we come into a park that most of the people are only here for a day or two, enjoying the outdoors, cooking outside and generally sitting outside most of the time.

We or I, always look and one thinking about living in it instead of the adventure of camping. I really don't like to "camp so much any more. I just forget how much fun it can be. We live in ours, and enjoy watching satellite television, reading, and surfing the net.
Today we choose to find a Browns backer bar and spend the afternoon watching the game,(go Browns).That was fun and we got to enjoy a beautiful drive there and back.
I've got some pics today, of our drive, and if I was thinking about this post today, I would've taken some pics of the trailers I was talking about.

Maybe next time......

Friday, October 24, 2014

Always looking for better oxygen

Looking for better Oxygen is our excuse to travel.  We live everday much like everone else. The biggest difference is our backyard and views change frequently. 350 square feet of living space allows for a lot more living than you could imagine. Im writing this on a 7" tablet with autofill and auto correct. You ahould see some of the words that this thing comes up with!

There are very few blogs written about people traveling with supplemental oxygen. I suppose when many get to that point, they feel very limited. Yesterday we walked in the morning, cleaned a section of the RV, went to Costco, Walmart, a doctors appointment, made 2 meals had our evening cocktail and I almost forgot we also went to our mailbox. We did this all with a portable oxygen concentrator.  The day before we went to the movies to see the FURY. It was well done but not thoroughly enjoyable. I cant say I was entertained.  Today we will try another movie, it's something we like to do.
If you are wondering why I need Oxygen. Google "Alpha one antitripsin deficeincy". That will answer some questions. 

I am hoping someone searching about supplemental oxygen will stumble onto this blog..
I had Valley Fever last April, and I found out yesterday I don't have to take the medicine anymore, YEAH!

Dave Davis 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Life is always beautiful, even when it's not.

Many people say "someday" but that day never comes. We all think it will, but life usually gets in the way. Wives, children, jobs or lack of one, family in need, health, death.  All these people and events eventually happen to everyone, and you can let these events control your destiny, or you can control your destiny.

I should mention, I wouldn't be writing about all this joy if I wasn't lucky enough to know my wife.
Debbie, she's the other piece of the 2 piece puzzle that makes this perfect picture. I'll go into that more in the future.

September 7, 2013 we started this adventure. We had just sold our home and pretty much everything in it, and moved into our recently remodeled RV. We've traveled about 12,000 miles to date. Everyday is a gift.

Besides being an adventuresome soul, I have COPD. I can see the pity in most peoples faces when they see me walking around with my oxygen. They just can't see the good life I am enjoying. I have a portable oxygen concentrator  to drive around and walk around with, and a regular concentrator that stays in the RV.

We live our lives everday with the RV as our home. We prepare most of our meals here, relax here, sleep here, bathe and dress here. We leave, lock the door and go out for the day, just like anyone else who lives in a house or apartment.

The reason I decided to share all this information with anyone who will read it is simple. I just want people to know that anything is possible. If you are broke, sick, afraid, suffering, lonely, or unhappy, anything is possible. Sometimes you just have to take small steps just to see small accomplishments. I know selling everything and running around the country in an RV isn't everyone's idea of a dream come true. Maybe you have another dream, a vision of your perfect life.

Many feel this vision isn't possible, but as long as you have that vision it is. The vision of that dream is the first step towards the realization of that dream.

I will write about things I know about, and answer any questions about anything I can. I will post some pics and tell some stories. Maybe I can mix in a little hope!

Dave Davis