The Gangway Adventure

We’re back from our cruise vacation, and I’m happy to report we did not have rough seas so I was not swept overboard, folks were very nice, we did not get sick with some heebie-jeebie stomach virus, and we didn’t end up wrecked onshore a la Costa Concordia.

I wish I could report, though, that I handled my mobility frustrations with charming graciousness, but I did not. I succumbed to tears several times because my rage at the inability to “do for myself” got the better of me. I did not like the fact that for nine days I was unable to be as independent as I usually am when at home in my familiar environment.

After a while I calmed down and looked around me. There were other folks onboard who used scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and other mobility devices, and they were actually smiling! They were having fun! What a revelation! So, armed with this new possibility, I became determined to also have a good time.

And you know what? I did. I can’t say it was the easiest vacation I’ve ever been on, but the pre-planning paid off. Where I anticipated trouble before the trip, I circumvented it by advance preparation. When I was blindsided by something unforeseen, I overcame it by adapting to it. Like my husband said when asked how we did:  “We had some difficulty here and there, but we worked through it.”

Actually, I guess that says it all whether you’re handicapped or not. Living your life is a matter of sometimes just showing up. Difficult things will get resolved one way or the other. I found out that it also helps to be creative with those resolutions. Don’t even ask how we put to use a wall-bolted, glass-framed picture with my hand-held, suction-cup gripper! You wouldn’t believe it.



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. John
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 08:38:59

    Super. I know you were going to have a good time !


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