Well, as most of you know we moved from Florida to Colorado last month. We decided to move for many reasons that maybe I can talk in another post, but this one will be about the move. The decision was the easiest part.
Let’s be honest, move cross country is hard. Move cross country with a kid is harder. Move cross country with a special needs kid? and with a dog? Were we insane? Well, that was my first thought (at least for me the Dad).
Once everything was in the moving truck the real move started. We packed our car with Medical supplies. We needed to have supplies for at least 7 days (5 for traveling and 2 spare days just in case), needless to say the car was packed!
We took off Sunday night and drove to Houston, to Richard’s brothers house. Usually the drive would take 19 hours, and with the stops for Luke’s therapies (respiratory therapies), diaper change, stretch, coffee etc it took us 26 hours!
We rested about 24 hours in Houston and we took off to Colorado. We wanted to avoid night time driving, to avoid icy roads so we stopped again in Decatur, Texas. Texas is a big state, took forever to get out!
The next day, we packed everything again and took off. The goal was to hit Colorado, and we did. However, once we finally left Texas and got to New Mexico and started to go up, Luke started to need O2. We had all planed with the O2 concentrator but the outlet in the car is not strong enough to power the machine. We literally had to stop in the middle of nowhere to turn on the O2 tanks (our plan B). From that to the hotel in Trinidad Colorado was pure tension. We were so tense that we were thinking “should we go back” but we did not say out loud.
So, the next 45 min were intense because:
1- We were going up quick. If you ever drove in the area you know, if goes up quick from Raton New Mexico to Trinidad Colorado.
2- Luke was crying and needing O2 which he never needs, and he barely cry.
3- We did not know how long the tanks would last, we had only 2 small ones, and nothing set up in Colorado yet so no way to get medial supplies. We also did not know if the O2 machine was working or not.
That being said, we stop at the Hotel. I got out I tested the O2 machine and it was working, so we quickly got a room and took Luke inside. Luke slept all night with O2 and in the morning he started to need less and less O2. What a relief!
We took off and finally arrived in Broomfield Colorado, our new home. We arrived in Brromfiedl and we went to our last hotel, and the next day we had the key for the new apartment. The truck also arrived the day on time. If you ever move like this you might considered youpack.com great price and on time.
We must say, Colorado is incredible. Within a week everything was getting set up and quick. For example, it took 3 months to early steps come to our home in Florida and in Colorado within the first week Early steps come to the house to meet Luke and get the ball rolling. Also in our very first week in Colorado, Luke participated in the Go Baby Go program at the Arvada high school, where they adept an electrical car for special needs kids. An amazing beautiful program.
We are all adapting very well to Colorado, where they have amazing programs for special needs kids, an amazing children’s hospital, great people and we are truly grateful to be here. Looking forward to writing more about our Colorado adventures!
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