By on Jul 23, 2016 in Illness, Vacation | 0 comments

Just over one year ago, I retired with heady plans for rest, relaxation and travel! The rest and relaxation were immediate, and very, very satisfying. Travel, apart from one family reunion, was put off for awhile, but Gary and I did take our first trip with friends, a golf outing to Riudoso, NM, via Carlsbad, last week. It started out well. We headed west, stopping for breakfast at the Smoke Stack, in Thurber, Texas. (Population, 5) From there we drove to Carlsbad and spent the afternoon exploring the caverns. We spent the night at a motel in Carlsbad and at about two a.m., I wakened with a scratchy throat and dull awareness that I was coming down with something not good. The next day, we shopped and had lunch in Cloudcroft then proceeded to our condo in Ruidoso. My malaise became markedly worse as the day progressed, to the point where once we got to the condo, I headed to bed with...