A sincere thanks for all the kind words, I really appreciate it. I miss being able to type, and this is one of the reasons why. Dragon Naturally Speaking is fantastic most of the time, but it still makes mistakes, and it's hard to catch them all. Here's one I missed:
She has a very complex medical issuesthat should have been manageable, until they weren't and she was gone without much warning. I intended to keep this van for quite a while because of how much she liked it, unfortunately it just doesn't make sense anymore.
Hannah was born with spina bifida, and despite the misfortune of a really lousy case of complicating diseases, she was the happiest kid I've ever met. I could go on for pages with the specifics, but this is a car forum, and you guys probably don't care that much. We all honestly expected her to at least see into her 50s or 60s, as all of them should have been manageable. Her losses affected me and her mom in ways that neither of us will ever understand, but I strive every day to become a better person for the experience.
The issue of my health is perplexing, I've been back and forth to the Mayo Clinic seven times in the last three months trying to get a better diagnosis/treatment plan, and haven't had much success. It was at my last visit that the doctor finally got it through my head that there wasn't much else they could test for, and at this point they are simply managing symptoms to the best they can. I lose strength and feeling in either hand when I use them, which starts after only a few seconds. If I push through it, it gets bad quickly and takes hours for them to recover even basic function. I've been able to adapt with different methods of holding things and switching hands to moderate use, but driving for long periods of time has become a challenge.
Despite my frustrations with my Pacifica, I really wish there a way I could get it to steer itself. Or that it was an option I could get on another Pacifica, the versatility of a minivan really can't be beat. Unfortunately this is tech that only exists in the niche luxury market right now, and none of them make a minivan. I don't need the bells and whistles, and would prefer to save $10,000 and get something equivalent to a Camry with autopilot, but such a beast does not exist. Despite that, I've been a car guy my entire life, and I'm really excited to get my hands on this thing. I got a text on Friday night that it should be delivered Wednesday morning. Should look something like this: