Well, this is getting old! Every time I think things are going smoothly, I hit some more bumps in the proverbial road of life. I never thought a virus that I don’t even have was going to mess up my life as much as COVID-19 has. My last update was on February 20, just days before I self-isolated due to COVID. I have left my house a total of 8 times in the past 3 months.
Everything was so scattered in my life, even though I’ve had all the time in the world, I haven’t been organized or stable enough to think about my trip. I have gone back and forth on what to do over the past week after getting myself together. I’m not wondering IF I’m going to continue the trip. It’s been more of how and when.
On my first go around, I was able to stay in hotels and use my personal vehicle as my follow car. With my immunosuppressive medications, hotels would definitely not be a good choice for me and my driver (and film crew). I have decided that an RV would be best suited for the trip now. Considering I don’t have access to an RV, this will take some more planning.
The second issue is timing. Because this virus is so new and unprecedented, I can’t just go out all willy nilly across the country at the drop of a hat. I need more time to see how the country reacts to reopening and virus statistics.
As a result, I was thinking of later dates, but not too far in the distance. Instead of going with starting dates, I decided to think about ending dates and going from there. I immediately thought of April, due to Organ Donor Awareness Month. I have revolved beginning the trip around April, so why not end it in April. Rounding out the trip on April 30 and completing in during the month sounded good. Then I went back to the beginning date on my schedule. It was exactly December 1st.
My OCD mind perked up! A perfect start date and end date without changing any stops. I will be traveling exactly 5 months. I will be crossing the California border on April 1st. My last state will be during National Organ Donor Awareness Month. I will have 4 months under my belt and hopefully enough publicity to get the most publicity during that month.
In my mind, it all fits. Kind of like the 4th day of the 4th month of my 44th year with my 4th kidney. I will still be doing something that day, as well! I will be Scooting Thru Peachtree on the day I turn 44.
I can’t wait until I get to go across the country to help all the people waiting for life-saving organs. There have been less transplants during this pandemic. Doctors are also reporting that some people who get the virus are also losing kidney function. This trip may be more important than I originally imagined.
I’ll be Scooting4Donors from December 1 – April 30!