After we left Augusta, we headed to Gaffney, SC where we had appointment at the Freightliner Service Center for a check-up for the RV. They have several parking spots with electricity behind the building, so you can stay there the night before your appointment. Overall the appointment was very uneventful – RV checked out okay and we were free to go around 2:00 in the afternoon, so we decided to get a couple hours down the road towards our next planned destination of Richmond VA.
A couple of days prior to our Gaffney visit, I had noticed a bug bite on my arm. It wasn’t particularly itchy or painful, but yet the skin all around it was turning pink, and the pink area seemed to be getting larger. And there was the tell-tale red line that indicated infection. I still didn’t think much of it, but I was curious to get someone else’s thoughts. In search of an expert opinion, I did the logical thing – I posted this picture on Facebook, asking my friends what they thought I should do.
I was fully expecting everyone to tell me it was no big deal, but unfortunately I got the exact opposite response! Pretty much everyone told me to go to a doctor asap – including some friends that are actual doctors and nurses. My sister even told me a story about someone that died from a spider bite! Since we were planning to spend the night in a state park that was very remote, we instead drove the nearest city, which happened to be Lincolnton, NC.
I went to a Minute Clinic at CVS, but the nurse there sent me packing to the ER. When I got to the ER, they put me on IV antibiotics. I still could not believe that something as insignificant as a bug bite had ended up like this! By the time I was ready to go it was 8:00 at night and dark outside, so we didn’t want to drive any more that night. Luckily the hospital said we could stay overnight in their parking lot. I would classify this a “free” parking spot, but since I haven’t gotten the ER bill yet, who knows how much it actually cost.
Oh, and while Deas was driving the RV to the hospital, he noticed that our rear camera wasn’t working. When it rains, it pours, I guess. He got under the dash to try to jiggle the wires and see if he could fix it. He didn’t, but it did make for a funny picture.
The next morning we continued east, down one camera and up two prescriptions of antibiotics. We drove as far as Boydton, VA and found a great COE campground called Rudds Creek, and booked a spot for the night.
However I just wasn’t feeling so great, so I spent much of the afternoon laying in bed. I assumed I was just run down from my body fighting off the infection. But when I woke up the next morning, the big red splotch on my arm had gotten bigger. So off I went to another doctor, who switched out one of my antibiotics for a stronger one.
So life on the road isn’t always hiking, sightseeing, eating, and generally having fun. Sometimes your dog has to have emergency surgery, and sometimes you yourself end up in an ER!
So far (fingers crossed, knock on wood, whatever else I can do not to jinx myself…) the new antibiotic seems to be working. I really hope this is the last post I have to make about it, or any other issues for that matter!
Our next destination was Pocahontas State Park outside of Richmond, VA. Deas’s youngest brother lives nearby in Chesterfield, so we came to visit them for a few days. As soon as we got here, Deas immediately started scouring all the empty campsites for any leftover firewood. He’s do anything to save a buck. This always cracks me up, but after talking to several other RVing friends, I learned he’s not the only who does this!
This state park is really nice – lots of huge, private sites (water/electric only), and several walking trails. They also have an extensive system of bike trails, and kayaking opportunities on Swift Creek Lake. The park was practically empty during the week, but filled up over the weekend. We really enjoyed our stay here and would return again. Deas said the showers here were the nicest he’s ever seen in a campground!
There is also an amphitheater in the park, and on Sunday night of our visit, there was a concert scheduled. It’s one of those venues where you bring your own chairs and it’s all general seating on the lawn. Deas’s brother and his family came over and we cooked steaks on the grill at our site, and then enjoyed the concert.Next stop: Shenandoah National Park.