Let me start with an apology, My right hand is very very sore today. My fingers are curled up and refuse to cooperate with me, so if there are more grammatical errors than normal, please try to bear with me. I am doing the best I can without it. Now, on to the fun part.
Day one of this trip was nothing but driving, or more accurately riding in the car fighting motion sickness while my husband drove. Note to self, 1000 miles in one day is a bad idea.
Day 2 & 3 were spent recovering from the drive mostly. We did do a little bit of shopping and sight-seeing, but I spent a great deal of time being pushed around in my wheelchair.(No car noises this time darn it.) We have since then been visiting family and more sight-seeing. I do have to say my husband is certainly getting his exercise pushing me around.
As much as I dislike it, I have very dependant on not only my wheelchair but also my prescription pain killers this week and expect that to continue for a while. I dislike taking pain killers at all, but am at least happy that my doctor agrees with me that narcotic pain killers like Vicodin are not for me.
Part of the reason I am using these aids is because without them I would have a pretty crappy vacation, and would ruin my husbands trip as well. I like to think of myself as an independent person, and like to do as much as I can without help. My Mom once told me that “sometimes being independent meant taking help when offered and asking for it when needed. The need for independence and self-reliance has to be weighed against the greater good.” Insisting on self-reliance when sightseeing would make the entire family suffer, myself included. I really don’t like how dependant I am on this trip, but I would like even less ruining my entire family’s vacation. We don’t see each other near enough and should ALL enjoy the time we have together.
I guess I believe that just because I am IN pain, does not give me the right to BE a pain. In any situation.
There was much more I wanted to say here, but at the moment whatever it is has escaped me. (Hate getting old.)
Take care of you, and remember to celebrate all your victories no matter how small. As always feel free to ask any questions you want. I will answer the best I can.