Saturday, April 9, 2011

Nope M.S. didn't stop me from taking vacation!

Getting ready for our first vacation in many years, what a rush and it's my first vacation since learning I have M.S. heading to Fort Meyers beach, Florida. Needing to get away from old man winter for the first time in my life. Watching the news reports from Japan and around the world as well as here at home. Not having any control of what is  happening or what will happen next. I'm not going to worry about it because I'm leaving in a few short hours, So I'll finish this after I get back and then I'll title it. So away I go until later which no one we notice the passage of time but me.

Okay we are back and I've posted my pictures on facebook and yes I'm behind every one of them just the way I like it. The suitcases are emptied and cleaned up and stored away. I've been putting this off for as long as I can, for my own selfish reasons. Oh well here goes, I'll just let the chips fell where they may!

It was truly  wonderful to see the ocean for the first time. The flight was great as was the resort, the room on third floor was beautiful the balcony was the best part, taking  pictures of the sunset everyday it really was a once in a life time vacation. Everything was laid back and easy, the food was very good. It was almost perfect until I got stubborn on our second day there. I wanted so badly to go to the sea shore we reserved a beach wheelchair and I didn't want to not use it, in case someone else wanted to use it to go down to the beach because I had only seen the one. By the time we got to the beach it was high noon, yep silly me it was also 88 degrees, so after being down there for a half hour. My M.S. and the heat I realized my mistake when I tried to speak all that came was sound. Jane said "she's having a stroke!" I tried to say no I'm just overheated but what came out, only reinforced what she was thinking! Now the main point of this trip was suppose to be to help Jane relax and for me to see the ocean and as my care giver in training as Jane calls herself. Jane has her own set of health issues. That have come up recently and the best way to help her is for her to stay calm and to limit the amount of stress she's under! My dumb shit way of thinking wasn't over yet, not by a long shot. The next morning I made the decision I could go down to the sea shore using my walker, yep sounds like a plan for disaster! It was about 63 degrees. And Yes I did make it to the shore and on the way back, I wasn't willing to admitted my mistake Well needless to say I was wrong again. Writing too many checks my body isn't capable of cashing. When we got up to the room Jane was so kind and said "I think we should hang out in the room today I'm tired and it going to get hot again today." Jane made a few trip down to visit with her sister Char, she didn't stay for very long we had room service for lunch. That night we went out to eat with Jane's sister Char and her son Steve to a very nice place the main course was nothing to write home about. After that we went back to our room and sat out on the balcony just listening to the waves hitting the shore it was a very nice way to end the day. Wednesday I woke up with that scary kind of sick, I think that enough detail, the long and short of it a supervisor came to check me and called an ambulance it was a side trip I really hadn't planned on. After all the test were done and 6 hour later, Jane told the Doctor we would be flying home the next day they released me and told to follow up with my doctor the next day.  My diagnoses  was heat exhaustion, food poisoning complicated by my M.S. drugs It was a long and uncomfortable flight home.  There's honestly is no place like home when you feel like crap.

On Friday I woke up feeling just as bad as I did in Florida the only difference was I hadn't eaten anything, so I called the V.A. and was told I should come in. Yep Jane was as unhappy about it as I was.  After 7 hours of tests I was told: liquids only and nothing solid, until no more ( mud pies ) for 5 days ! I think you all understand what I'm saying. So after 9 day of only liquids, I'm back on solid foods again I did miss chewing food more than I thought I would. Even with the two side trips it really was a vacation of a lifetime and we both have no regrets. For me getting to touch the ocean, the  biggest force on the surface of the earth that was more than I could have asked for. To see just how insignificant I am in the grand scheme of the world is priceless!

For both of us, it truly was a great trip and  a trip of a lifetime.    


Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Wow you had a trip alright! I am glad you got to see the ocean. MS and strokes do seem similar at times....Hope you are feeling better after all when you got home!

Mary K. Mennenga said...

Yes Kim I am thanks for asking. Even with the side trips, it was a wonderful trip.

Karen said...

I love the ocean. It soothes my soul. I can understand how you feel about it. I'm sorry you got so ill on your vacation. Here's hoping you are on the mend.
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