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The most miserable week ever

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2011 by bayouphoto

My friend Beth was going to San Antonio to help her daughter cater a reception. I thought I would go along to take advantage of the great birding and camping.

It started out great then went downhill quickly.

I had a defibrillator installed in ’06 and there was a recall on the leads. seems they tend to break. So in ’07 they turned on a warning tone to alert me of any problems.

On Friday I started to hear this tone and thought I was going crazy. I could not find that truck that kept backing up. It sounded just like a back up warning. BEEP BEEP BEEP.

Finally it dawned on me what it was but I thought it was a low battery warning.

We left early Saturday morning, with me intending to call the VA hospital on Monday. The trip was uneventful but I should have realized how things would go as time went along.

I wanted to go to Zwolle for the best tamales around. We made a side track only to find they were closed on Saturdays, of all day. We then proceeded to purchase the worst BBQ ever sold. Chalking it up we headed on SW. Our intentions were to drive halfway and camp at the ONLY campground in the Davy Crockett National forest. We arrived around 3PM to find the campground closed due to tornado damage. We finally found another campground 40 miles out of the way.

The next morning we headed for our main campground at Guadalupe river state park between New Braunsfel and Bandera, Tx. The crosswind was unbelievable and made the driving a chore. We finally made it around 4 PM and got the camper set up.

The next day was going to be a birding day but low clouds and misting rain forced us to stay close to the camp. I called the VA in Shreveport and they advised me to go to the San Antonio VA ER. So Tuesday morning I fought the commute traffic to get there.

They called in the Medtronics rep and they checked my implant and found the lead was broken. I first decided to wait till I got home to have it fixed but after further thinking I decided to check in there and have it done.

I was first told it might be Wednesday but probably Friday. Since the lead was broken the device would not work in the event I had an episode so they hooked me too a monitor.

They then told me if it couldn’t be done Wed. it would be the next Tuesday and I would have to stay there to be monitored. They did end up doing it Wed. and I got out Thurs but by that time our plans were ruined. We stayed an extra day and returned home Sunday.

My luck continues to run true to form

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Birding road trip

Posted in Nature and wildlife, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2011 by bayouphoto

Beth and I are planning a road trip to S La. for a birding adventure. First we plan to drive to Madisonville to try the marshlands and stay at Fairview-Riverside state park. Then we will drive to Mandeville to stay and shoot at Fontainebleu state park. We will also shoot at the Northlake Nature center just across Hwy 190 from the park. However the main attraction is the Big Branch Marsh NWR.

We will be tent camping and doing our own cooking, once again. As of right now we are planning to leave next Friday and be gone 3-5 days