I went by to fill up on water and a lady pulled in on the other side of me. She was in a small SUV type of car. She may have been in her forties, hard to say as she was all bundled up against the cold. She was heavy-set wearing a heavy coat yet bare foot except for flip-flops. Too cold for me to not have anything on my feet! She was filling a five-gallon bucket with water to do her laundry in. We got to talking.
I learned she had been bedridden for three years, with little or no use of her arms and legs following a traffic accident. She said "I used to exercise, do zumba (sp?) and run 5k runs. You wouldn't know that to look at me now." She would tell her daughters "If I ever get out of this bed, I am making a big life change."
Her prospects never looked too good until she stopped taking the medication the doctors had put her on. Gradually she recovered, became mobile and left that prison in a bed life. She told me she would watch YouTube videos while incapacitated and learned of this life on the road. She packed what she needed in her car and this was the first time she had ever been down here in the desert. She was living out of a tent and so very happy. "I walked five miles yesterday!"
I have heard similar stories about the determental effects of prescribed medications. Someone once told me they didn't trust doctors. "They don't know anything. They don't care. They cause more trouble than they cure. They charge the earth and if you don't get better they blame you for it. After they blind you or cripple you, so that you've got no choice but to sue them, where do you have to go? To a lawyer! And that's worse!"
The lady hefted the five-gallon bucket full of water into her car (remember, less than a year ago she couldn't even lift her leg or arm) and we exchanged good-byes. I wished her the best. She left me inspired for the rest of the day.