From Chapter 1:
“Just remember, if something should happen to me, don’t be sad. I was doing what I loved to do…travel!” As I said those words out loud, I thought, “Why would a mother say those words to her daughter?” But it was like a compulsion. I couldn’t stop myself. Then I started to panic. Was this an omen? I had heard that some people have a premonition when the end is near and begin methodically getting their papers and accounts in order. Am I one of those people? With this in mind, I began cautiously cleaning my desk, which I often do before leaving on a trip. I purposely left some things undone and others in a state of disarray. If everything were in order, that might be a sign that I was prepared for the ultimate good-bye. I knew I was not ready to check out yet, but why did I say that? I have always had a strong sixth sense, but it had never scared me before. Now I was nervous…nervous about my trip, nervous about my future.
But my trip was too close to back out. Only two days away. I probably had pre-trip jitters. After all, I had been planning this trip for nearly a year. I had been packing for several weeks! Plus, my travel mate was someone I hadn’t seen for over twenty years. That in itself was reason for mild panic. Three weeks with someone I barely knew. But I can generally get along with anyone for a short time. I try to look at the humorous side of most situations, relying on laughter to carry me through the challenging times. I managed to put my concerns aside and continue with my packing.
From Chapter 21:
I can leave behind the sickness. I can leave behind the pain. I can leave behind what seemed like an endless time by myself with no one to look after me… I can leave behind the times when communication was impossible and I felt that maybe I should just give up.
What I cannot leave behind is the horrific treatment by USAA/Travel Insured/On Call. I cannot leave behind their lack of compassion, their rudeness, their incomprehensible inability to think or to do their jobs. I will always be affected by the memories of how they ignored me, by how I begged and pleaded for them to help me and to get me out of the altitude and out of the filth.
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