Day 69 | A Snow Storm

May 17, 2017

This morning we found out that a big snow storm is on the way! Even with our lovely new van we are not really equipped to deal with winter weather. Neither of us have jackets despite several attempts at buying some.

We actually tried six jackets and all of them were so contaminated that we ended up returning them immediately. Sara even tried to find some for us but she agreed that all the ones she tried were also contaminated. I don’t know what’s up with the jackets! Maybe just sitting on the rack all year has given them time to pick up more biotoxin contamination? I don’t know. So many aspects of this illness are so bizarre.

Needless to say, we decided to flee Wyoming and go back to the Rapid City area. The van conversion is pretty much finished anyway. The road trip passed pleasantly and we really enjoyed each other’s company. We talked about our plans for the summer and our vision for the future. For the first time in years, I’m actually excited about what might happen next!

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  • Patty Margaret

    Wonderful wonderful. So happy for you too. And the alliance with Sara is so great!! A real world confidant. Can I ask, Are you planning on insulation in your van? I don’t see it yet. And the boards under the mattress? Do they allow the air to circulate and keep the mattress dry. We sleep on camp cots on a balcony with pillows as the mattress. The cot has rubber on the bottom side and the pillows would get all wet from sweet and moldy!! Threw those out started over and now turn the bed open all day to dry out. Just sharing my complicated world in acknowledgement of yours.

    May 28, 2017 at 7:23 am Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Hey Patty,

      You’re right, we haven’t installed any insulation and for now we’re not planning to. Sara thought it made sense to leave the metal bare so that we could wipe it down really easily as I continue to detox. We may add some insulation in the future when I’m done detoxing and not contaminating things so much.

      The boards are hard wood and they are resting on the metal cabinets for support. I would say the circulation is pretty good and I believe the organic latex is supposed to be somewhat mold resistant. We did get it with the understanding that we’d have to replace it eventually when it becomes too contaminated by my own detox. It’s actually just a topper which is more affordable than a full mattress.

      I’m sorry you were having so much trouble with your pillows! That’s awful! Are you in a really humid location? We’ve never had any trouble with our camping mats or our new mattress getting wet. That seems a bit unusual. I hope you can figure it out quickly and wish you the best of luck!

      May 28, 2017 at 9:52 pm Reply
      • Patty Margaret

        Thank you so much. Your such an inspiration!

        May 29, 2017 at 6:13 am Reply
  • Alyssa

    That’s so wonderful that you’ve gotten through the worst, and now have a renewed hope and vision for the future!!

    May 28, 2017 at 1:01 pm Reply
  • Ruth Meyer

    That last line means so much, Ana! It’s an awesome feeling to finally start looking forward to things again

    May 28, 2017 at 4:49 pm Reply
  • Denise

    I echo Ruth Meyer’s sentiments. Planning for the future and looking forward to it is an awesome feeling.

    My husband’s late great grandmother who almost lived to be 105 years old uses to always sit in her comfy chair and plan for the future. She told me that when a person stops planning for the future they die. You know I think she was right when we are stricken with a dibilating illness we are just trying to survive and our future is so unsure that making plans is painful.

    Welcome back sweet Ana!

    May 29, 2017 at 1:34 pm Reply
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