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Travels north after a slow start

Monday, July 01, 2013

We left at 9am Sunday after a couple of disasters.. Saturday afternoon the power went out around 5pm and it turned out it was a transformer in our neighbourhood that had blown. It being a small area it didn't rank high on the repair list on a Saturday evening.. We were without power till 8am this morning

Doesn't sound too bad, right.. well, it was 88F for a low with 70% humidity, the water pressure comes from an electric water pump and of course no lights and internet. At least my fridge was almost empty! I had taken the leftover veggies and other stuff to our neighbour.

It was a hot night and to make matters worse - DH walked into the dark kitchen at 2am to turn off a small camping light and managed to get stung by a scorpion! Where did that come from?? We hardly ever have the big ones in the house. This was a 3-4" Arizona bark scorpion with a very painful sting. The sting was on the inside of his foot, half way between the bottom of his foot and the ankle bone. He was in agony most of the night, icing it down and trying to at least get some rest. He did go online on his iPhone (cell service still worked!) and checked for symptoms and warning signs. He was mostly ok, just in pain. Needless to say neither of us slept much

The (now dead, stomped on) scorpion is in a ziplock baggie in the car. Just in case there was a trip to the emergency room needed and we need to show what stung him.

We were also worried about the power not getting back on in the morning as we didn't know which wall units were on and they cannot be turned off manually, only by remote and if the electric is on. We normally have all the wall units turned off, the central system on de-humidify at around 84 and the ceiling fans on. We were glad the electric came back on when it did... what a relief. And on a Sunday morning too!

DH was feeling much better by the morning, even with his leg feeling strange from his toes to just below the knee. Tingling, burning and numbness alternately. At least the feeling of electric current was gone (hey, something had electric!!) By mid afternoon it felt more back to normal - the area of the strange feeling getting smaller.

We were at the border just after 2, where we had a 45 min wait while it rained.. I haven't seen real rain in forever! It rained till about half an hour south of Tucson. We are staying in our usual place. I agree - the Oracle/Orange Grove is still "our area". During the rain is cooled down to 68F and once the rain stopped and we drove into Tucson half an hour later it warmed up to 112F - what a difference!

We had an early dinner, I had the ceasar salad with salmon, light on the dressing and hold the croutons. It was a huge portion!! I'll have to get used to US portions again and start thinking about splitting a dish or asking for a senior or lunch portion.

This morning we had breakfast at Denny's to set us up for the day. We got the mail and all our shopping done! Now we can relax and enjoy the relative cooler weather of "only" 104F :)

Update: DH's lower leg feels pretty much to normal he said, so he's doing fine but he really had me worried for a day or so.
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    I hope the move is easy for you, now that you are past the slow start =)
    1724 days ago
    I'm so glad that he's okay, that had to be painful. Oh yea, it's been hot over there. It's strange for July here, mid 80's and cool. I had to close the windows last night halfway when it's opened all the way, but you know that could change. Have a safe trip.
    1726 days ago
    Wow!! What a start to your traveling plans. Hope the rest of the trip goes according to plan.
    1726 days ago
    Oh my goodness Lis, One of my worst fears is scorpions! I am sure it was very nerve wracking! Glad DH is okay now! Wow!

    Glad it all worked out in the end, even the nice rain!

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!
    1726 days ago
    wow what a start to vacation so glad you made it.
    1726 days ago
  • MEXGAL1 got a real taste of power and scorpion bite....Yikes. I am so glad that things are better now. It's my understanding that most people won't die with the scorpion bite unless really allergic. But yes I hear very painful.
    Have a great rest of your journey.
    1726 days ago
    Wow, what an adventure. Glad you and hubby are home safe and sound.
    1726 days ago
    I can't imagine getting stung by a scorpion. Sounds painful. Hope it heals quickly!.
    1726 days ago
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