Rheumatoid Arthritis - Forget it, I’m on Vacation!
Posted Oct 03 2008 11:31am
One way to get my mind off the troubles of arthritis is leaving h ome and going on vacation, which is just what I’m doing right now. I’m sitting in my cousin’s living room down in beautiful Ridgeway, Ontario just minutes away from Niagara Falls. It’s a lovely, soft evening outside and we’ve just returned from a fun packed day at the Falls.
We decided last week to take a quick trip down to visit family who have a son that our girls have a blast with. Wandering down through Michigan took a bit of Friday afternoon, and we stopped off for the evening outside of Flint where I knew a Red Lobster could be found. It’s been a year since my last crab leg meal and I was ready for another - even though shell fish cause flare ups. I had brought my Tylenol 3’s and dug in with my shell cracker and melted butter. It was so worth it!!
Within 20 minutes I could feel my wrists and elbows start, by the time we returned to the hotel, my knees were yelping, but I wasn’t going to say a word. I promised myself I wouldn’t make a peep and I didn’t! Fortunately it wasn’t too bad, I guess I over estimated the pain ( and that rarely happens).
On the road again the next morning after we found a Tim Horton’s (and in Michigan at that!) With my ‘large with milk’ and my husband’s ‘large with a double’ (that’s Canadian for 2 large coffees, one with milk and one with two creams), it was back to the Ontario border and into heavy traffic.
Today was fabulous! I got to take a long 5 mile walk through the quaint town of Ridgeway this morning. It was perfect, the air was sweet and warm, it was peaceful with birds singing and the occasional passerby saying, “Good Morning!”
The kids were scooped up and it was off to see one of the world’s wonders. They were very impressed and had almost as much fun as us adults in the wax museums, arcades and other tourist magnets.
I’m having too much fun to been too concerned about the aches and pains. A vacation is a pretty effective Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment for me!
Tomorrow it’s Marine Land, I might even pet a beluga! How cool is that?!