Sorry, another post-accident report but thankfully not from the couch! I lived on the couch for six long weeks. At first it was because of the damage to my legs from the airbag UNDER the steering wheel. (You might want to check if you have an air bag down there and wear shin guards while driving, if you do.) On day #4 post-accident, I realized my shoulder was hurt and that I couldn’t lie on either side on the couch OR in bed. I am still in that state… flat on my back in bed with my legs elevated…. with a pile of pillows crammed against the back of my reading chair so as not to fall off the bed. But I digress.
After my 6th week of “no significant improvement” at therapy, I was sent for nerve testing. Nerve testing = acupuncture. Or more appropriately, you are now a voodoo doll. The good news out of that supremely stressful doctor visit was that I was sent to pain management, who promptly put me on medication #27. (Do not fear, I have stopped taking the first 23.) Med27 plays some sort of hokus-pokus on my nerves and I have had a VAST improvement in range of motion for my right arm. Read: I still can’t lift the milk jug, but the therapist did a happy dance that I can now scratch a giraffe’s neck. Side effects of Med27 include, but are not limited to: drowsiness, lack of short term memory, general lethargy and an overwhelming desire to do nothing.
All that said, the eight day camping trip to the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Canyon de Chelley, Four Corners, the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest that didn’t happen in April has been reduced to a five day camping trip to the Grand Canyon. Commencing on Monday, June 3rd. Two days from right now. Thankfully, the other crazy homeschool mom, CJ, whom we have been studying National Parks with all year, has picked up my slack and we are venturing forth in two days from right now. CJ went so far as to purchase a Sprinter van seating 14 that her 6’4″ husband can stand up inside. Read: I don’t have to drive at all OR pack a car. As per usual, the week before departure, we went through our lists of what to take. The division of camping equipment went something like this: CJ CJ CJ CJ CJ me CJ CJ CJ CJ CJ me. And that might be an exaggeration for “me’s”. Thank you, CJ!
Today about 4:12 pm, I realized what my life has come down to. Normally when embarking on a road trip, I print packing lists for my kids. (Remember, I am a list maker. I thrive on lists. I make detailed lists. I am an overachiever at making lists.) But never in my 20 years of parenting have I printed an extra “kid packing list” for myself. This is what it has come to… and I’m O.K. with it. Except I added to the bottom of mine: Med27.
Happy Camping this summer!
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