After spending a day traveling across the country and visiting Mt. Rainier, it was slow getting up the next morning. But it was very important that we get up at a decent time because there were people to meet and things to do.
Rob and I were staying with an old roommate of his from college. As a special treat, this friend Ray made breakfast for us. Awesome french toast made with hearty bread and fried egg on the outside. Yum.
Although I already wrote a little bit about our meeting at Diane's, I'd like to add that it was a big step for many of us in bringing our online world to our 'in real life' world. I suspect that there will be more opportunities to do similar meetings from time to time. Pictured above (left to right) are Diane, Webster, Rob (my boyfriend), myself, Jen, Gretchen, and Mary (Jen's mom, who we all wish to take home with us).
Braincheese. Since nobody has seen Linda before, she presented herself as one of her cat profile photos. From there we headed to Pike Place Market, a famous spot in Seattle for eating and shopping.
The walk was only 7 blocks or so but Rob and I took the rental car to park closer. FINALLY, we found a garage which was somewhat affordable. The walk was only 2 blocks before we arrived in front of Pike Place Market. After trying to listen to a phone message (impossible with the sound of street performers and whatnot), Linda spotted us and we joined up once more.
I think my toe got caught on a small crack in the sidewalk. We can't really blame MS on this one except that maybe my impaired peripheral vision contributed to the accident. (I hate having to watch my feet while I walk!)
So splat. Dang it. Ouch. I rolled over.
Somebody above my head was asking if I was ok (not sure who that was). A vendor asked if he should call 911. No. I said, "I think I'm fine, give me a minute." Linda, the nurse, was a calming presence keeping folks from hovering.
Although laying on a sidewalk is not a typical thing to do, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Then I sat up. My feet and legs seemed to be intact, rotated my ankles around. Good. Then the spasm in my left calf attacked. Ouch!!
I gave it a good minute or two, stretching and rubbing, before standing up. So far so good. Knees seemed fine, then I looked down at the hands. Yikes!! Two veins on my right wrist were popping out, swelling had already started. "I think I'd better get some ice on that."
After lunch Jen and her friend Norene really wanted to go up in the Space Needle. Off to the monorail we go. It was a good 4-5 block walk. When we arrived Rob asked me, "how are you doing?" My reply, "I think a seat would be a really good idea about right now." We used the elevator and thankfully didn't have to wait too long for the monorail to arrive.
After riding the monorail back to the downtown area, we started walking towards the hotel. Rob asked how I was doing and I simply gave him my hand. That's now become the subtle signal that I need a little help and he becomes my "cane" (the fold-up one I had left in my suitcase at Ray's house). I'm not sure if I made it even 3 blocks before someone else asked how I was doing. Then Jen said, "I don't know about you."
So I gave in (or rather made a smart decision). Rob and I sat on a short brick wall while the group continued on to the hotel and Linda got her car. She circled around to pick us up and take us to the garage where our car was parked.
Although each step had become very difficult, my will and pride wanted to keep going. My inner being didn't want to surrender to weakness. Arrgh. Thankfully, I was surrounded by people who understand and who were watching out for me. I am blessed that way much of the time.
When we got back to Ray's house, I was so very sore and tired. My legs hurt. My hands hurt. My shoulders hurt from the impact and so did my left knee. My muscles felt like rocks. But still it was worth it.
I drugged up before going to bed (baclofen, gabapentin, tylenol, even some xanax) in a similar way to the way I had in Switzerland. The pain still woke me up though several times during the night.
It was interesting the next day to see how I could (or couldn't easily) walk down the stairs. Overall it took about two days before things straightened out, which was a good thing because we had stuff planned during the cruise. Come on legs, get with the program.
I'll pick up the story with the cruise itself. Until next time......
The Rainbow Connection
Beginning of an Adventure
In Seattle for a Day, Kissing the Sidewalk
And They're Off!!
Whales, a Glacier, and Hottubs
On the Rails in Skagway
Blue Ice and Still Waters
Victory in Victoria, British Columbia
Who Knew Washington Could be HOT!!