Soon after arrival at our first stop in Fredericksburg, Helen began to feel nauseous and was running a mild fever. Laying low for a couple of days, she recovered sufficiently to proceed to New Braunfels to celebrate her mother’s 92nd birthday. The following day we headed for Mission in the Rio Grande Valley to rendezvous with several other retired Navy and Marine Corps couples. Grapefruit, avocados, fantastic Tex-Mex food and great camaraderie lay just ahead.
Upon arrival, I began coughing, sneezing and shivering with fever. I spent the following day in the Mission Regional Medical Center with acute bronchitis. Two days later we headed for Corpus Christi where I planned to visit old skeet-shooting friends, Elton and Nina Needham.
En route, Helen began experiencing severe chills and coughing. Nina, a retired RN, helped keep Helen comfortable through the night, and the following day we began our long and painful trip back to the “harsh reality” of the “pore” farm. Now that I have time to reflect on it, I don’t know how many more of these relaxing “vacations” I can handle.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.