Chronic Pain flare-up
Despite the fact that weeks before this scheduled trip, I was dealing with a pain flare-up in the right knee; I was going on the annual Mother-Daughter Vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.
I have struggled with chronic pain since 1993 related to diagnosed conditions of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyaglia. Over the years, I developed various self-management tools to control the pain levels. However, my bone-on-bone knee pain needed either an injection or surgery. And, neither was available before this vacation.
Since there was nothing I could do to make the “Pain Go Away”, my only option was to “Grin and Bare It”
Wheelchair Transport Through the Airports
Since Hubby was not going, he ordered a wheelchair to transport me through the Orlando Airport. This is a long walk through one terminal, a short train ride, and a longer walk through a second terminal. Trust me the need for a wheelchair was the topic of more than one discussion in the days leading up to my departure. Finally, I gave in.
My son picked me up at the Milwaukee Airport and we were off to meet-up with the daughters. After the traditional hugs and kisses, they said, “Mama, you are limping.” While the limp was noticeable, I am certain Hubby had telephoned with his concerns.
After discussing the pros and my cons of a wheelchair; I lost and they ordered one for the next leg of my trip.
When I arrived in Milwaukee, I was an “Unhappy Wheelchair Traveler”; but, I left as the “Grumpy Wheelchair Traveler” as my 14-year-old grandson pushed me through the Milwaukee and Boston Airports.
Was it not just a few years ago that he depended on me to push him around in his stroller? I was not ready for this.
Having someone push me around in a wheelchair was not a pleasant experience; and, I felt —
The Airline Flight
On the airplane and seated comfortably; I closed my eyes, breathed deeply, and let go of the negativity.
Through Self-Talk, Self-Awareness and Self-Acceptance; I embraced and accepted the gift of wheelchair transports from my hubby, son, two daughters and grandson.
No longer did I feel —
- Stressed, I enjoyed Relaxing
- Powerless, I gained Power
- Depressed, I discovered Peace
- Angry, I achieved Happiness
- Embarrassed, I reflected Pride
A Few of My Favorite Mother-Daughter Vacation Photos – 2014