Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I Got LOST...


This is supposed to be a "sheep" blog. So I'm going to post pictures of sheep.
But what's really on my mind is that I got LOST, driving home from work last night!

I'm not kidding. I was really lost!
As in, "none of this looks familiar, where the heck am I?" lost.

I was so completely disoriented that I was actually scared!
Nothing looked familiar and I couldn't figure out where I went wrong!

Did I miss the turn off the main road?

Or did I miss the turn onto "my" road?

Did I go too far?

Or maybe not far enough?

I finally turned around and went "back" (to where?)

I came to a stop sign and a 'T' in the road, but I didn't know which way to turn!
Nothing looked familiar!
I turned left. A sign said North 76. That's close to "my" road. But nothing looked familiar and I still didn't know if I'd passed my road or not gotten to it yet!
I drove a short distance and finally saw something that I recognized! A nursery with trees wrapped in protective coating so the deer couldn't eat their tender bark. What a welcome sight! I knew that if I was where I thought I was, there should be a church coming up next. There WAS! (thank GOD)

I turned back around and went the 1/2 mile down the road to turn onto County 4. MY road. I focused on one familiar landmark after another as I drove the final 8 miles to my house.

That was scary!

DREAM says...

"We're here for you, Mom!

I'm WAY to young to be this old!!!


  1. at 52 yrs old, been there, done that. such a terrible feeling. love the photo's at usual.

  2. Jake has missed the turn off to Sparta and had to go the 14 miles to get to the Tomah turnoff on the interstate. Guess your mind can really get involved with other "stuff" when you are driving a familiar route.

  3. Not at all hard to do but scary for sure! Been there done that and welcome home!

  4. Nope, not old. Sounds like you were just very tired after work! I prescribe some cinnamon bears in the car for nighttime drives. Best medicine there is :)

  5. oh Nancy! Did you have your cooler with you last night ;)

    That is a scary thought...fortunately as a youngster i drove all the local gravel roads on what we called 'road trips'....just having a good time with a sober driver and driving up and down the gravel roads...it sure helps now :)

  6. Garrett, I think maybe Nancy needs my GPS...whatcha think?

    Seriously though, Nancy, I have done that too, especially at night.

  7. I duno about GPS anymore...Apparently there was some guy who was using his GPS soley, and almost drove off a cliff! I'll take getting lost any day! =/

  8. Anonymous7:36 PM

    I don't think it's about getting old. Driving can induce that altered mental state (theta, I think) where you have no memory of the last 10 minutes or so. Combine that with being tired (after work) and it's not suprising at all that you did not know where you were for awhile--plus out in the country, there are fewer man-made structures to orient a person. It is an uncomfortable feeling, though. Glad to see that you figured out where you were.
    And I hope you feel comforted(in I know an odd sort of way) that others (myself included) have been there and done that!
    Diane L./Bloomington,IN

  9. Wow, scary! I have not done that (yet) but now you're scaring me, maybe I'm going to start doing that soon. Is that a post-40 thing? I turn 40 next month, I guess I should get prepared for being lost. Map in glovebox....check. GPS....no check. Emergency cell phone....check, if it's charged. Which is rarely. First aid kit and jumper cables....check. Hmmmmm

  10. Been there too! I will drive in all kind of crappy weather before I will drive at night. Just glad everything is good now, makes coming home that much better:)

  11. I don't know, guys...

    I hope you're right and it's just a little brain freeze. It sure seemed strange at the time. I think what really shook me up was the feeling of having no idea of where I was. I didn't know if I'd driven too far or not far enough/ missed my turn or not come to it yet. It was just so disorienting.

    The fact is, this is the second time this has happened. The first time was a couple of years ago ~ in the middle of the day. I was so concerned then (I was also having a lot of memory problems at that time) that I went in and got tested for Alzheimer's. My father and three of his siblings suffered from Alzheimer's. The tests were negative, but my doctor was concerned enough that he DID authorize the testing...

    I dunno. I'm only 56. I'm thinking that it's possible that the fact that I just finished transitioning over to a new antidepressant might have something to do with it. The first time it happened I was in the midst of a depressive episode so the doctor assumed that was a contributing factor.

    I don't know.

    I just like being home with my little sheep!

  12. Oh Nancy how scary. I'm glad you made it home okay. I get so disoriented and have no sense of direction. I can understand. Take care dear friend.



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