My Transatlantic Hospital Odyssey

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I’m writing this from the waiting room of the hospital my father is in. My trip back to Wisconsin is finally over.

Getting here involved closed airports, four canceled flights, a delayed flight which almost caused me to miss my connection, a missing bag and a ridiculously priced car rental. Lets just say US Air and Hertz are not my favorite companies.

My dad is doing better. His infection is down, but there are still a bunch of issues they have to look at. This will be a very long process.

I don’t know what my schedule will be this summer, but I still plan on going to TBEX as well as doing an Eastern Canada road trip. I will try to fit in some regional trips to places in my backyard I’ve never bothered to visit. In particular, I’m thinking of a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio at Taliesin and the Milwaukee Art Museum designed by Calatrava.

I’m not going to be writing much more on my dad because I don’t want the site to devolve into the “Gary’s dad medical update blog”. I might be giving updates on Facebook, but I’m going to try and keep the site on topic.

I want to thank everyone for their words of encouragement the last week and a half. I especially want to thank Joantxo Llantada with the Valencia Tourism Board who helped me get back to the US from Spain. Their support was above and beyond the call of duty.

The hospital has wifi so I’ll be able to get a fair amount of writing and work done. My dad needs rest right now so between me, my brother and my mom we will be taking shifts just being here.

While I didn’t want to be back here under these circumstances, I’m going to make the best of it. Expect a flood of articles flowing through my keyboard during the next few weeks.

Also, because I’m back in the US, there are a lot of people who wanted to send me products to review. I’ve put off doing them because sending me stuff is so difficult on the road. I have a several month window this summer where I can do some product reviews, so if you have a produce you think I’d like to review, feel free to contact me.

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  1. Craig says:

    Hi mate, internet here’s been hard, but we’ve been thinking of you. Best wishes, Craig.

  2. Cynthia Q. says:

    So glad you had a safe trip home to be with your family and hope your dad continues to recover smoothly.

  3. Thanks for the update on your dad, Gary … and glad to see you got home safe and sound!

    Will see you at TBEX soon!
    Take care
    Katy
    Community Manager
    Where I’ve Been

  4. Greg says:

    Hope your dad gets better, G-dawg. Looks like you left Bangkok just in time – yikes!

  5. JN says:

    Glad to hear that you are with your dad.
    Looking forward to read your product reviews.
    Take care

  6. adel says:

    wish you the best…i’m here in egypt waiting for you to visit …..let me hear back form you ….adel@goldencitytravel.com

  7. Judy Demick says:

    I have been working in Yellowstone and am supposed to leave in October. I am rethinking whether or not I want to stay that long. Like you, I have some family issues at home. I will continue my blog at home if I leave, because there are a lot of things there I have never done. An adventure can take place anywhere. I think you will feel good about being with your dad and still be able to keep this wonderful site going.

  8. Susan says:

    Glad you finally made it home safely – hope your dad has a speedy recovery!

  9. MousE says:

    I hope your dad gets well, soon, Gary.

    I would be interested to see more of your product reviews!

    Good luck with everything

    Cheers,

    T

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