I think my truck has a drinking problem!

A truck loaded with a family of four plus a dog, enough supplies to live comfortably and pulling a 35 foot camper seems to like gas…a lot!! The plus side is that we get to stretch our legs quite frequently.

As many of you now know, my position with the health system was eliminated. I used to have the pleasure and honor of leading a strong team of care providers across 6 states and 350,000 square miles. As the system continued to grow, my division became a bit unwieldy and a decision was made to split it up and create a more regional reporting structure. That meant that I had to make a decision-move for a job that didn’t seem to be the next step in my career path or take a leap of faith, accept severance and look for the next position. I chose the path which felt to be aimed toward the future.

Today began our journey of family closeness, our family blessing in disguise, our one door opening after another closed. During this transition, I’ve felt a mix of emotions. Closing on our house last Friday made this decision real. We pulled out of the house we made our home and moved into the camper which is now our house. The experiences we make and the time we spend in it will begin to make it our home. I look forward to those experiences!

We took off from Harrisburg this afternoon (Woody’s 11th Birthday) in an attempt to get to St. Joseph, just shy of Kansas City. In what appears to be just a bit of my dad shining through, we pressed on to get through KC and a bit further down the road. We don’t have reservations to stay anywhere.

So, here we are sitting in a Wal-Mart parking lot outside of Kansas City. We are looking at the back of a “gent Care”—I’m thinking they need to replace the light bulb for the “Ur” or they could be missing out on a major subset of patients! Maybe I should stop in and consult a little!!

Over the course of our exploration, I plan to continue applying for health system or hospital CEO/President or COO positions. If you hear of any, please let me know! I’d be happy to share my resume with any of you. I’ll be doing interviews and phone calls from the road and if I have to go on site somewhere we will either drive or I’ll find a place where Maureen and the boys can hang out while I hop on a plane.

It’s not very often that we are blessed with sabbaticals in the middle of our careers. As much as I want to be working, I can’t wait to share the next however long with Maureen and the boys. Hopefully we all learn a thing or two! (JT)