This afternoon I'm hopping onto a plane and heading to Atlanta where I've been invited to share my story and experiences at a physician's conference. This is my first foray into this avenue and I must admit that I'm excited. I don't know what to expect, if they will be interested or what questions will be posed, but I am embracing the novelty aspects of this adventure. In addition to meeting with a new audience, I am looking forward to room service, control of the television, and sleeping diagonal in bed!
This will be a short
trip, with my leaving today and returning Saturday afternoon. The
brevity of the trip has eased my typical pre-travel anxiety. I don't
feel compelled to prepare meals, write exhaustive lists or finish every
piece of laundry before I leave. If I know my two boys, they will visit
Best Buy to buy a new Wii game, swing by Sheetz for "man food" and
neither will really notice that I'm gone. I've concluded that my
occasionally traveling for work is beneficial for all three of us, for
unique and varied reasons.
I've come to believe that occasionally being the temporary sole parent
is good for Scott. He is forced into my realm, and always seems more
appreciative of my efforts when I return home. Robby enjoys spending one
on one time with his Daddy, and the two bond in my absence. When I'm
around, Robby naturally gravitates towards me for resolution to problems
or when he wants to play. Having to rely on his Daddy in this role not
only solidifies their bond, but demonstrates the being a father
incorporates all skills, not just those deemed masculine. It's good for
Robby to see that a man can fold laundry, do the dishes and kiss
I always experience a boost in self-esteem after
flexing my professional muscles. It's refreshing to be valued for skills
other than cooking dinner, washing clothes and chauffeuring between
activities. Although I miss my boys when I'm away, I thoroughly enjoy
being on my own.
By telling my story and sharing my experiences, I
am hopeful that other amputees will benefit. If just one physician
gains insight into amputee care because of me, then the time away from
my family is a worthwhile venture. I have never been to this conference,
so I am unnerved by the unknown. I'm just hoping that I will be able to
read the situation and communicate effectively with this unique
I'm looking forward to the next few days. Hopefully
I'll make some new friends and reconnect with old ones. Wish me luck as I
try to reach a new audience!