Navigating the Unexpected

As I write this I’m sitting in a hospital room. I’m fine. The Furry Guy had hastily-scheduled surgery. (He’s doing well.) He had his first appointment with a specialist yesterday at 1:30 pm, and had surgery at 7:30 this morning.

Yesterday afternoon was filled with trips for tests and work-leave-related paperwork. We got home after 6. And, since we live 90 minutes from the hospital and he had to check in by 5:30 am, we had to leave the house by 4.

I can’t tell you how glad I was to have an overnight plan in place. That’s right. I have a list for overnight trips. It’s all of the essentials. I also keep a toiletries bag ready. I just have to add my cosmetics and skincare things as I get ready.

No, I don’t travel a lot. But, one last-minute trip was all it took to convince me of the need for a plan. Last night I was able to get everything together quickly. Then, I got a good night’s sleep because I wasn’t worried about forgetting anything.

I also have a weekend list, a camping list, and a list for business travel. These are simply on my computer in a travel file. No muss. No fuss.

Being prepared helps me navigate the unexpected with confidence.


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