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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Our Mini Vacation to Dubuque

We went on our little mini vacation.  When we got back, I got sick....thus, my absence here.
We went to Dubuque, Iowa, a place within 4 hours of driving and somewhere we have not been before!
We left on a Thursday and stopped at Jim's sister's house.  They live in southern Wisconsin, so it was on the way...kind of.  My plan was to take them for lunch, but she made lunch for all of us.  We had a very nice visit!  I am sure it was good for them to visit with some adults, as they have been taking care of their grandkids every weekend while their son recovers from a stroke.  He is only 39 and works for the sheriff's department....the epitome of health!  He was fortunate to have been working at the time, so his coworkers recognized what was happening, could start emergency services and rush him to the hospital!  He is recovering well, but it will be a while before he is back on duty.  Now he is a spokesman for Stroke Awareness...that it can happen to anyone!  We are so proud of him!
I got side tracked.  Our journey continued to Dubuque.  It was awesome to see the change in landscape as we neared the Mississippi River!  As we crossed and entered Dubuque, the bluffs are "in" and part of the city!  Such magnificent views!  Oh, and so much history and beautiful old buildings!

We went to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.  We weren't that impressed with the aquarium, but the museum was interesting, although the squid was quite lively!.  The most interesting thing I read was about a riverboat that exploded while carrying soldiers from the Civil War.  They had survived the war, the POW camps, and because of the company wanting to make more money, the ship's boiler was patched instead of being replaced, and the ship exploded killing more than a hundred soldiers and
deck hands.
We saw a 3-D movie about Robots and how they are helpful with so many things that humans cannot do, like in entering the power plant in Japan to shut it down after the tsunami.
We went to the Hamm mansion built by a man who amassed his fortune in lead mining.   He also was a farmer and land developer.    He outlived two wives.  He lost his fortune in a recession or crash around the late 1800's.  His house was left to his youngest daughter, used as a cancer ward, and finally left to the city.
We also  saw all about how the miners lived, brought the lead up, etc.  It was hot.  There were a lot of hills.  We were tired, and hungry and it was a long day!  Poor Dan was really exhausted.  He has CP, and that much walking is hard enough, but then up and down hills?
On Saturday we headed home. I had to get a picture of the clock tower!

We stopped in New Glarus, where Jim bought some beer...only to find he could get it at Festival grocery store here cheaper!
Most interesting meal:  Our son, Dan had a hamburger with peanut butter, jelly and pepperjack cheese!  It was good....really!


Linda said...

So glad your nephew is on the road to recovery and has become a spokesperson. I hope to get to Dubuque some day........looks interesting. Glad had a nice vacation.

White Lace and Promises said...

What a great trip! I'm sorry that you got sick when you got home. Do you still struggle with your condition? I guess the stress of a journey sometimes brings it on regardless of the fun! I looooove the old buildings. That's my favorite part of your journey. Mr. H doesn't care for history and the old but I love it. When I want to take a journey like that, I take my girls and my son in law My big guy and hubby stay home.

Linda said...

I am very happy to hear that your nephew is recovering. Your photos are beautiful, and I really enjoyed this tour! Thank you so much for sharing.

Carolee said...

Sounds wonderful and not so "mini" after all. Many times the shorter ones are so much better. Sorry you got sick on your return.