I'm back from vacation and what a vacation it was!

Hi everyone!

I am sorry I have been MIA. I have not had Internet access for a little over a week. OYE!

We finally got home from our vacation last night. It definitely was not a fun vacation for the most part.

You may want to grab a drink and get comfy to read this. LOL Oh, and you may want to zoom past the picture I am going to post. It really is not pretty!

We started out by going to our trailer at the campground we keep it at. All was fine and dandy. We started getting our trailer ready to travel to the campground that all of our family and friends were going to meet up at for a full week of camping.

Troy did a lot of work outside getting the outside of the trailer ready to move while I took care of the inside. We headed to the new campground and got all set up. That night he was in a lot of pain. But, we figured it was the normal aches and pains from doing so much physical work.

Wednesday morning Troy woke up with a lot of pain in his leg. His bad leg (5 years ago he crushed that leg and had about 7 surgeries to fix it. It has never been the same) was very swollen and all pink from the knee to the ankle. So, he spent the day in bed hoping the redness and swelling would go down.

Thursday morning it was fire engine red and swollen even more and extreme pain. I took him to the closest hospital.

After waiting in a room for FIVE hours, a doctor came in and said it was an extreme case of cellulitis. Which is an infection in the fatty tissue under the skin. They admitted him and put him on IV antibiotics and pain killers. The next day it was worse. They said it was just going to take time.

These pictures show that it was starting to heal. Still a lot of swelling but, not as much as it was and you can actually see skin that is not all bright red. I took them after he had been in the hospital for a couple of days. You can see the lines they drew to show were all the infection was. This all happened overnight. No gradual redness, just BAM!

So, everyday, I would get the princess up and dressed. I would spend about an hour visiting with all my family and friends and then head to the hospital. THANK GOD my parents were there! They kept the princess while I was at the hospital.

I would spend a few hours at the hospital then drive back to the campground and pick up the princess so she could go visit Papa. Then we would drive back to the campground. I would be so exhausted each night. Next day, rinse and repeat.

He was in the hospital for 5 days. Finally the redness started receding. So, although it was still nasty and painful, they sent him home. He couldn't handle the pain level to drive all the way home, so we had to extend our stay at the campground for a few more days so he could keep the leg up and in bed.

Once we got back to the campground I noticed that the princess was not eating and doing a lot of screaming and crying. This is not normal at all for her. Apparently she felt the stress of Troy's injury and developed a fever blister on her mouth and a sore on her tongue. So, she was in pain all the time.

Troy's leg was starting to lose a lot of the bright red color and started to blister up. They said that was normal because all the infection and poison needed to leave his system.

Between Troy and the princess, I didn't really get a chance to visit with anyone. Sorry guys! I really wish I would have had more time for some fun and gabbing!

Everyone left the day after Troy got out of the hospital except my parents. They extended their stay for as long as we had to stay there.

The princess finally got better after a couple of days. Thank goodness for that because I was seriously running out of energy. Troy basically stayed in bed for the duration. Finally we had to leave. I got everything all loaded into the truck and the camp broke down. My dad help me with getting out trailer all hooked up to the truck and ready to haul.

This was the first time I have ever hauled our trailer and I have never backed any kind of thing up. But, ya know, you do what ya gotta do!

Fortunately, our regular campground was only about 75 miles from where we were. I did just fine driving the trailer back there. And, I will have you know, I backed that trailer into our camping spot on the first try and it was completely straight! I must say, I got some awesome kudos from my dad, Troy and my mom! LOL

My dad helped me set the trailer up. Then they headed home. I got the rest of the things that needed to be done finished up and gathered all our dirty laundry and food that needed to come home and got it all packed in the truck.

We got home late last night and this morning we headed to our family doctor. Troy is feeling better but, it is going to take a month or two to completely heal.

So folks, that was my vacation. Not one of our best times!

It is going to take me awhile to get up to speed with everything. But, I have two giveaways I am going to post very soon.

So, please be patient while I wade through all of my email. And thank you so much for stopping by while I was gone. After everything that has happened, it has been so nice hearing from you and having nice things to read!


  1. Much love and hugs to you all..hope all is well and he gets better! I have had this scarey experience with a family member..no fun and so hard to see them go through it! HUgs..wishing all is bright and sparkly real soon!

  2. OH boy I would not call that a vacation. I'm so sorry this happened to you and your family. I hope everyone is doing better. Celluitis is a serious condition. Luckly you got him to the hospital. Hope your princess is happy to be home and doing well.


  3. I'm so thankful you are all back safe and sound. I too have had celluitis..like Jessica mentioned it can be extremely serious!! Thank God it was caught in time and the medication worked. I wasn't admitted, but I had to go to the hospital each day to load up on more intravenous drugs (had the drip attached to me for the entire week to get plugged in while at the hospital).

    sigh..my,,you did good girl..you were strong....((hugs)) for you...

  4. Talk about scary! That leg is not pretty and that was several days after antibiotics! WOW!
    I am just glad you are all home and let the healing begin. The Princess must have felt that stress but thank goodness for your parents! Bless all of you and hope you are resting some (if you can). Catch up on the blogs and emails! I missed you very much!

  5. I'm so sorry to hear all of that happened while you were on vacation! I just can't imagine. Thank God your family was there to help you. I sure hope that Troy gets better soon!


  6. Diann
    just a quick hi,
    a cheery welcome home
    and prayers for EVERYONE!
    warm sandy hugs..

  7. ohhh, Diann! Poor Troy! I'm so sorry this all happened! I wish him a very speedy recovery! It looks so painful!
    Poor princess too. :(
    take care girl!

  8. Diann, how terrible! and I know that was so dangerous for your husband. You are a tough lady. We always can do more than we think. I hope your husband recoups well. Lezlee

  9. You are such a trooper. I've had vacation disasters in my time. I am SO proud of you for doing the driving. We have an RV and I don't drive it. You make me think if I had to, I could. I know how that cellulitis can come on suddenly resulting from almost anything from a big bite to a slight bump or scratch. You hang in there, and welcome home.

  10. Well bless your little heart! What a horrible vacation! :( I'm so sorry you didn't get to rest and relax...what a bummer. Your hubby owes you big! :) Maybe a nice dinner out when he gets all better....or better yet, he watches your princess while you go somewhere fun...alone!
    Hope this week is better for you!
    Missy :)

  11. Oh my goodness! Troy's leg looks awful. I'm praying for a speedy recovery.

  12. WOW! What an adventure. I am so sorry!! I am praying that all goes well and the recovery is quick. Best Wishes!!

  13. Oh my word Diann! What a rough time for all of you. I am so sorry to hear about what happened while you were on vacation. What a blessing that your family stayed until Troy was released from the hospital and that your parents stayed until you brought the camper back. Double kudos to you for handling the RV without any glitches!

    I will keep all of you in my prayers, especially a fast recovery for Troy.

    ~ Tracy

  14. Oh Diann, I am so sorry you and your family are having such a rough time. I can't even imagine the paid your dear husband must have been in. You relly had your hands full.
    Just the thought of having to back a camper into a space give me hives, but you are right-you gotta do what you gotta do.
    I hope things continue to get better.

  15. Oh honey you need to take a vacation after that vacation! I hope your sweet family is all better soon! How awful to go through even if NOT on vacation! Rest!!
    Hugs, Lisa

  16. Diann, I am way behind on visiting blogs...I am so sorry for Troy having that hit while on vacation. I feel so bad for all of you. Hope that he has a speedy recovery. Did he get the infection due to the prior injury or is anyone susceptible to this? I am sending healing thoughts his way.

  17. Oh dear what a disaster! No worry, no hurry, take your time! I think we bloggers put more pressure on ourselves than need be, glad all turned out OK


  18. Oh my goodness, Diann. What a week you had, you poor woman. And poor Troy and Princess! I hope Troy is doing soooooo much better now. That leg looks like it hurt like crazy. Just so painful.

    Big huge hugs to you all and I hope now things will be nice and smooth for you all.

    Sorry to hear you didn't get to visit with your family. These things never have good timing, do they? Not reunions, but the things that usually come up in spite of the plans we've made. ;-)

    Oh dear. May your coming weeks and months be much less eventful in that arena and filled with fun and happiness and plans going as they should.


  19. OMG!! So sorry to hear of this!!
    Cellulitis can be very nasty. I am sure he was on IV antibiotics???
    He will need to be careful that it does not get reinfected.
    I will be parying for his swift recovery!!


  20. Yikes, what a vacation!! But it was nice that your family was there with you. I am sure you will never forget this time! Hope all is continuing to go better? Now this would be a post for rednesday !

  21. I am just reading this. My dh had the same exact thing. As soon as I saw the pic I knew without reading.
    Did they ever find out what caused it? It happened to him out of the blue in the winter time. They asked if he had a bite or if we had animals, which we don't. So strange! Just wondering what they told you?


Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)