South-central ID, ID
Did 14 yrs on active duty in the Air Force, getting out on 31 Mar 88. From there I went to a fly-by-night driving school (correspondence and 2 weeks in class with a few hours of driving) and then drove for May Trucking out of Payette, ID. I would have stayed with them, but wanted an experienced driver to go with and that didn't happen. After having troubles at home and a wreck (allowed a non-company driver back my truck up & he went over a brand new Fiero :-P), I got off the road over winter. In the spring of 1989, I started driving as a team driver for Freight Systems out of Boise, ID (company closed when owner died in the 90's). That summer a guy was put on my truck when his brother wanted time off. We got along and he taught me many things about driving. We got married and drove until Spring of 1990 when he wanted off the truck to be a cowboy/ranchhand. He did that until the ranch lost their hay to hail. We went back to driving for CanAm Express out of Fargo, ND. My husband wanted off the road and to work on ranches. In the summer of 91, I drove for the last time. Six years after getting married, my husband had 2 Traumatic Brain Injuries 40 hrs apart. On 19 Aug 96, life changed in a blink of an eye. The husband was life flighted to a hospital in Billings, MT in a coma. He came out of it 3 days later, but was angry, belligerent, violent and suffering from the 2 TBI's. In the spring of 1998, Social Security Disability kicked in, we got a little place in the s.e. corner of MT and lived there, raising a couple QH foals and reg. Saanen Dairy goats. In 2008 Worker's Comp paid me to be the husband's caregiver as he was now really needing more care. It was then we moved goats, mini horse and ourselves to south-central Idaho. The husband's TBI went into dementia and after it progressed to the point I knew I could no longer care for him, I went to school to get my CDL. It was shortly after that he was placed in a nursing home, fell 8 days later breaking his hip and hitting his head. His head wasn't examined and was bleeding into the brain. He was taken off life support and died 9 Sept 2014.
Three weeks later I went on the road driving team with my brother for a small company with 4 trucks. After 2.5 months we were allowed to drive solo. I stayed with this company for 16 mths, leaving to be a herd manager for a goat dairy. Five months later when that job went south, I went back on the road where I am still....tho I am in the midst of changing companies when Cheney Transportation had their Authority taken away and the trucks shut down.
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