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Quick Note

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jun 10, 2019

I returned home a couple of hours ago.

I had another exacerbation late yesterday evening. 

4 hours in the ER and then overnight in the Acute Care for observation since the couldn't get the relief I needed in the ER.

Several IV infusions (1 a steroid and another of an antibiotic) and loads of bloodwork to make sure that I had not had a heart attack on top of everything else.

So, I have a script of antibiotic for the next 4 days and was advised to start a regimine of Zyrtec or something like it until the end of Fall. I was told I should do this at the beginning of Spring each year to possibly avoid this problem. 

No guarantee though.

I should have an separate AC in my room within a day or two to assure lower temps. That will help also. 

Other than that, I am doing fine and will try catch up on the time I lost being woke up for the poking and prodding. 

I won't hold my breath on that working though.

I am thinking of each and every one of you daily even though I cannot be online for any length of time anymore.

Continue to travel safely and keep watch for Nic and his followers. Watch for the traps them might have set along the trail.

I will continue to watch from the caves high on the mountain and send aid when it is needed.

The Sheik and his Bedoins are always riding the desert to try and keep all of you safe.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.



Update !!!!

I just got a message that the AC will be here tonight. Might have it up and going before time to go to bed.

I had someone ask me the other day how I kept going with the health and mental problems I have faced the last few months.

My reply was that others were, and are, facing worse and are still living life.

We must live to the best that is possible for us at the time.

I go back and read this story from someone that faced much and continued on.

These are her words ....

My Story 

I am sure she watches all of us and cheers us on in our journey.

May her words encourage someone that needs it today.




Posted by OldBones-Larry May 18, 2019

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory (non-reversible) asthma. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness. (COPD Foundation website


The stages and symptoms of COPD are:

Mild. Your airflow is somewhat limited, but you don’t notice it much. You cough and have mucus every once in a while.

Moderate. Your airflow is worse. You’re often short of breath after doing something active. This is the point where most people notice symptoms and get help.

Severe. Your airflow and shortness of breath are worse. You can't do normal exercise anymore. Your symptoms flare up frequently, also called an exacerbation.

Very severe: Your airflow is limited, your flares are more regular and intense, and your quality of life is poor.

(From: What Happens When You Have COPD? WebMD Medical Reference


Let me first state that this is not a post complaining about my present life or situation.

I brought this upon myself with the choices I made those many years ago.

That being said ......


I, like others here, live daily with COPD. 

I am now beginning to have more and more episodes that are diminishing my quality of life. 

I make more trips to the doctors office and the ER than I used to.

I have to use my nebulizer and inhaler more often than I used to.

These are the facts that all COPD sufferers live with.

We have good days and we have bad days.


To all of the new quitters out there, please stick with your quit.

Your life depends on you getting rid of those death sticks.

Your lungs will thank you so much for doing this.


I encourage you to read our past blogs. 

Learn from our experiences.

Most of our blogs give you the problems caused by smoking.

I won't list them here as they are all laid out in our blogs.


How do you quit?

Each quit is that persons journey. No two are alike. What worked for me might not work for you.

Find what does work for you and use it.

One second, one minute, one hour, one day.

It all adds up.

Like the journey of one thousand miles, it begins with that first step.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.




Posted by OldBones-Larry May 9, 2019

Last night I spoke with the Ancient Ones.

I spoke of the battles to end the addiction of Nicotine.

I was given this message to pass on to all here.

They have seen your struggles.

They have heard your words.

They have added their voices to mine in Song for all that are here.

We ask Creator to send strength.

We ask that Creator watch over all and smooth the path for your mocassins.

We ask that Creator lead you on the path and around the traps that will stop your journey.

May it be so.

I speak no more.

Soaring Eagle


Humble Request

Posted by OldBones-Larry May 6, 2019

Great One ...
I humbly come to you though I am insignificant and unworthy to speak in your presence.
I ask that you would send strength to this body.
My spirit is willing, but my body fails so often.
I would also ask strength for others this day.
I ask that they be strengthened for their journey.
Make their will to finish strong.
Strengthen their steps along the path.
Show them the way across the wasteland.
Aid them when their strength and will is low.
May it be so ......



Posted by OldBones-Larry May 3, 2019

I tried going out and working on where I want to do a prairie flower planting.

I got about 3 minutes of work done and had to stop for about 5 minutes.

This pattern continued for the next hour.

I finally had to just stop and go back inside.

I will get the planting done, but I will have to take my time doing it.

To all you new quitters out there, and even those that are well into your quit, think many times before you light up that one sickorette that you "know" can't hurt anything.

Think about this old camel driver and what he did to his heart, lungs, and other parts of his body over a 42 year period because smoking could never hurt him.

I have news!!

It hurt him terribly!!!!

I can only do things for a fdew minutes before I have to stop and catch my breath.

If I continue and don't stop, I begin having pains in my chest and lungs.

My legs give out sometimes because of PAD limiting blood and Oxygen flow into my legs.

This is not my little "pity party" , just the facts of my life now. I did this to myself and am accepting it and how my life must be now.

Please learn from these facts.

Stay strong in your quit journey and don't fall for Nic's tricks.

Remember to take it one minute, one hour, or one day at a time, whichever you have to.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


Clear Test

Posted by OldBones-Larry Apr 30, 2019

My Occult Blood test came back negative. That is a big relief.

However, I am now fighting Exacerbation of my COPD.

My air passages are severely inflamed and closing off.

I am trying to hold my own with this.

Taking antibiotics and Prednisone.

I have to Nebulize every 4 hours and then use the inhaler every 6 hours.

They also have me on a Codiene-based Syrup to help calm my cough some, but not totally stop it.

They are wanting me to bring up as much out of my lungs as possible.

I will get through this as I have so many other problems. 

One day at a time.


That being said, I want to warn against ever going back to those Death Sticks that caused this.

When I think of the damage I have caused to my body, I am so very upset at myself.

I realize now that smoking was never 'cool', let alone the right thing to do.

Emphysema, COPD, PAD, Systolic Heart Failure, CHF, GERD and Barrett's Esophagus, and an AAA are just a few of the "rewards" from my 42 year joyride.

Stay quit my friends and be strong in your journey.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master



Posted by OldBones-Larry Apr 29, 2019

I was talking to an old friend yesterday and got terrible news.

They had given up smoking about 12 years ago. They had been doing great and there seemed to be no problems.

Too much confidence made them feel invincible and they went to a party.

During the gathering, they imbibed way too much.

As Youngatheart.7.4.12 warns so often, they lost everything in a second.

They bummed a smoke thinking one would never hurt anything.

They were so wrong !!!!

Two packs a day is their life now.

They have tried several times since that day to regain their quit. 

So far they have not been able to do so.

Take this as a warning and be ever vigilant in your quit.

Everything can change in an instant and your quit fall over Desolation Point.

Relapse Rocks is a very dangerous place at all times.

Nic is just waiting for that moment to swoop in and ruin your hard work.

Be strong and ever watchful my fellow travelers.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


Back to the Mountain

Posted by OldBones-Larry Apr 26, 2019

I am working my way back to the mountain via a little used trail to the backside. 

I wish to climb to the Cave of Meditations and continue to repair my spirit.

I will leave word to call me if Nic or his bunch try anything.

I will send someone down to Carp's Cave for some of that terrific food.

I heard they were working on some new dishes. I think I would like to try some of them.

I wish all safe journey. Stay strong and keep a sharp eye out for any traps or pitfalls.


On a side note I would ask that you keep this old camel driver in your thoughts.

I had a positive occult blood test and they are doing another at this time.


One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


Ambush Thwarted

Posted by OldBones-Larry Apr 23, 2019

I have been traveling by night for a while now. Several days ago I spotted the mountain, and thus, I knew where the Caravan Trail was.

Last night as I was working my way along, I spotted a large fire off to my left. When I went to investigate, I found one of Nic's crew watching the trail.

As he wasn't aware of my being anywhere close, I worked my way around to a spot where I could lure him close to me.

I had gathered some thing along my way across the wastelands and began tossing them towards the trail.

He took the bait and started sneaking towards the sound. 

Just as he passed me, I sprang out onto him.

We fought for quite q while before he fell for a simple ruse. 

I asked him if he had a smoke and he immediately started searching his pockets. 

I hit him with a piece of wood and knocked him out.

I drug him back the way I had come and dug a pit into the sand way out in the middle of the wastelands. I buried him in it up to his neck.

When he awoke, I gave him a message to pass on to Nic in case  he is found alive.

The message is that Nic and his crew will never win and will suffer many casualties if they continue trying to attack travelers.

I don't expect that he will be found before he perishes though.

Keep a watchful eye for traps and ambushes my fellow travelers.

Stay strong in your journey and remember ....

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master



Posted by OldBones-Larry Apr 14, 2019

It is so amazing what can be done with support!!

Let me explain just a little....

2000 days ago I was somewhere between living and the Ancestor Lands. I remained that way for ten hours.

The next three days are totally lost to me. I was in a drug induced coma as I began the long road to recovery from heart surgery. 

It also began my personal journey to freedom from sickorettes....

I had to endure pain, uncertainty, depression, elation, and many other things. 

I had good days. I had bad days.

I made my journey and succeeded in quitting.

I had terrific support here and valued it all. 

I now wish to tell those beginning their journey to lean on the support from people here. Listen to what they have to tell you.

Read their old blogs and pick out the things that you find helpful.

We encourage "snooping" through our old blogs. 

Without the help, support, and friendships I found here I would not be able to say that I am 2000 days free from nicotine.

I thank those that helped so much on this journey and urge those just starting to also lean on the support you will find here.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.



Back Home

Posted by OldBones-Larry Apr 11, 2019

The Elders have let me return back to my home.

I have spent many hours over the days seeking the Ancient Ones and seeking to center my Spirit.

My Spiral was very far out of balance.

I spent days in meditation and seeking the center of all things where I might find my center once more.

With much help and and seeking, I have returned to my center self.

I must now continue to meditate and seek the advice of the Ancient Ones and the Elders that have been before.

I will return to the Caravan as soon as I can.

Stay strong in your journey my friends.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you need to be.

Larry (Soaring Eagle)


Out of Touch

Posted by OldBones-Larry Mar 23, 2019

I will be out of touch for a few days as I seek out the elders to assist me in finding my path once more.

I will be leaving very early tomorrow morning and returning to my birth lands to seek them out. 

I have done all I can to center myself without aid. I must now turn to the old ceremonies and helpers and I must have others close that can help me return from the other side.

I am unable to say how many days the ceremonies will take, but, I will return as soon as I can.

I ask that you send special words to Creator that He will assist me and grant me this.

Stay strong in your journey my friends as I try to stay strong in this one.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.



Resting at the Oasis

Posted by OldBones-Larry Mar 18, 2019

After walking for many nights, I finally came to an oasis where the waterhole was not dry. I am going to rest here for a few days to regain my strength. I must also regain the will to go on. I have had to force myself to keep traveling several times.

 I have still not caught sight of the mountain. I can only hope that I am not walking in circles or that I am not on the wrong course. 

Maybe I wandered farther away while I was in Depression Gorge that I thought I had.

I must quit thinking things like that and stay strong. 

I WILL find the mountain and get there safely.

You all must stay strong in your journey across NML. There are many things out here that could harm you. 

Ol' Nic and his bunch will never give up on trying to lure you back into his poisonous clutches.

Keep a sharp eye out for his traps and watch out for his minions.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


Still Walking

Posted by OldBones-Larry Mar 10, 2019

I have been traveling for two nights now. I can avoid the heat of the day by doing so.

I walk till about an hour before dawn, then find a place to shelter for the day.

Unfortunately, The oasis are few and far between in this area of the desert. I hope to reach one soon so I can replenish the moisture in my body and rest for a day or so.

I cannot see the mountain yet, so I must navigate by the stars.

I will begin my journey again in a few minutes and walk all night. 

In the morning, I will once again use my robe to make a shelter to ward off the sun and seek rest.

You must stay strong to make your journey across this desert my friends. When you come to an oasis, stop and rest. Replenish your supplies from the store caches that have been left there for you. Refill all your waterskins with fresh water before you leave to continue your journey.

I invite all the new travelers to read the old blogs of those that have gone before you. 

Gain strength and knowledge from their journeys.

Mine are all open to you for reading anytime.

They are under the tag nml_caravan so you can find them easily.

Travel safely friends and keep a sharp eye for Nic and his gang. You never know where they will have set a trap for you.

I once more pass on the words of that wise Old Goat ....

Keep them away from your face! You can't smoke them that way!

Take it one second, one minute, one hour, one day at a time if that is what you need to do.

Remember ....

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master