When I was in my early 20's, I thought nothing of jumping in the car and going for a road trip. I loved the freedom of leaving when I wished and arriving at a destination at a time of my choosing. I didn't have any constraints, could pack light, and went at my own pace. I was reminded yesterday how drastically my life has changed!
spent nearly two hours packing for our Ohio visit, trying to anticipate
every need, only to realize that I have forgotten things and we will
need to go to Walmart when we arrive. The trunk is stuffed so full that
both Scott and I have to be at the ready to grab items that fall when we
open the door. Robby with his DS, DVD player, and cell phone games
required that we invest in a power strip for our cigarette lighter.
traveling with my family has crimped my road trip style. I'm no longer
uninhibited and free to travel the open highways. I have to plan
meticulously and work to entertain both fellow travelers throughout the
drive lest I be bombarded with "I'm bored. Are we there yet" in unison.
if I were traveling alone, I know that a road trip would not be as
enjoyable anymore. Driving and sitting for long distances is now
uncomfortable and sometimes downright painful because of my amputation. I
hate that I am reminded of my limb loss when I'm just trying to sit in a
I'm usually comfortable for the first two to
three hours. After that time, my stump begins to cramp within my
socket. I then spend the remainder of the trip trying to strike a
balance between keeping my leg on so that I can equalize my weight
distribution and relieving the pressure because of swelling.
my leg completely makes my limb more comfortable, but then all of my
weight and balance must be born through my remaining leg. I certainly
never appreciated the important role that feet played during sitting.
Without my foot, my lower back and hip begin to ache and cramp because
of the unequal pressure.
I spent the final two hours
of our drive putting on and removing my leg in an attempt to strike a
balance between accommodating for the swelling and alleviating an achy
back. I was frustrated and downright miserable as I was squirming in my
seat to become comfortable. By the time we finally arrived at our hotel, I
venture to guess that I was more excited than Robby to hop into the
pool and stretch out.
This morning we are going to the
pool for a quick swim before taking off on the second leg of our trip.
I'm hoping that swimming in the morning will thwart any swelling that
would occur from my sitting in the car. If it doesn't work, I might join the whining, "Are we there yet" chorus!