dOesn’t travel well

As I slowly improved over the summer months, my husband and I set our sights on a 2 1/2 week driving trip to Minnesota in September. We even had a few “practice” trips to make sure I could handle the car ride, and still be able to function when we arrived at our destination. Our generous friends offered up their cabins in Northern Arizona to us, so with three short trips under our belts, we were ready. Or so we thought…

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On September 1st, we packed up the car, which included John’s golf clubs, 4 of my clubs and a pair of golf shoes (ever the optimist), a cooler, some magazines, canvases, art supplies and many cute outfits for all the fun things we were going to do when we got there. Oh, I also had a Tempurpedic pillow and a full-size body pillow because my naps are still a must. It was like having a third person in the car, but it sure helped me get comfy enough to sleep. John would just shake his head every time I lugged the body pillow from the back seat to the front, but he knew a rested wife, was a happy wife.

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From Fountain Hills to Albuquerque, and on to Colorado Springs and Lincoln, NE, we drove. Well, John drove, and I rested. We chatted, took in the beautiful landscape, listened to great music and late in the afternoon would look for the next Hampton Inn to rest our heads. One of the highlights was coming across the incredible Russell’s Travel Center  in the middle of Northern New Mexico. Our gas tank was on empty and they had everything one might need on a trip across America. Seriously!

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We arrived in Woodbury, MN on September 4th, and moved into our dear friend Sharon’s beautiful and comfortable lower level. I was feeling tired, but after one of John’s delicious homemade dinners and a great nights sleep, I was ready to enjoy our friends and family on some beautiful Fall days in Minnesota.

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The next morning, Sharon and I headed out for our long awaited walk. It was longer and hotter than either of us had planned, but we are tough, right?! After a quick hello from my dear friend Karla, and a nice lunch, I headed down for a nap. Upon rising, my energy had fallen and my body, for WHATEVER reason, decided it needed 11 more days of rest! Day after day, I would awaken optimistic, and day after day, found myself with almost no energy.

ARGH! No gatherings, no lunches, no nice dinners out. No trips to the golf course, no Project Runway with Karla and the kids, no dinners with friends and family, and no more long walks. And all my cute outfits that had travelled 1,700 miles were left sadly hanging in the closet.

I became so shocked and numb that the whole time feels quite surreal. How embarrassing to be able to drive all the way from Arizona to Minnesota and not have enough energy to drive 30 minutes to Minneapolis or Hastings. How and why did this happen?

It has taken me this long to publish this post because I was really hoping to find the answers to the how and why. Not that I didn’t try, but those are the ever unanswerable questions when it comes to recovering from Valley Fever. And those are the questions that truly drive me crazy.

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So, once again, I am forced to practice letting go. (Can you say slow learner?)

And, once again, I am forced to listen to my body ever so carefully.

And, once again, I am forced to slow down and look inward.

And, once again, I am encouraged to look for what is right in my life. And there is SO much right!

And, once again, I am strongly encouraged to listen to that still, small, wise voice within.

And it all helps me to, once again, gently settle into and accept how life is. (Let gO Or be dragged, Sweetie!)

So on day 11, John packed up the car and we headed back to Arizona. No stop in the Colorado mountains,  the Utah canyon lands, or Kansas City. Just the quickest way home – Wichita to Albuquerque to Fountain Hills.

Conclusions:

> Moving back to the Midwest will not cure my Valley Fever (sorry Mom).

> Planning ahead is for the birds (just so you know, the Canadian geese have safely arrived in Arizona for the winter).

> And, as much as I hate to admit it, I don’t travel well.

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Upon arriving home, we cancelled our trip to Oregon for John’s nieces wedding (so sad), enjoyed being greeted by the first ever bloom on our San Pedro cactus, and settled back into our beautiful Arizona home. I’m once again slowly rebuilding my physical body, resetting my expectations and learning new ways to care for myself. I even committed to a 10-day Sugar Detox with Lacy Young which began October 1st. The experience so far has been enlightening, empowering and freeing.

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I will continue to embrace life the best way I know how, and trust myself to make the healthiest and most fulfilling choices for myself. I am worth it, and so are yOu!

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enjOy this wOnderful change Of seasOn, treat yOurself kindly, and celebrate all the lOve in yOur life!

thank yOu sO much fOr listening : )

much lOve,

vickiO

10 comments

  1. Lisa M.

    Your energy may have waned in recent weeks, but your words confirm that your beautiful soul is still in tact and healthy enough to pull you through this most recent set-back. And as you have done in the past, you will rely on those positives in your life and move forward! Enjoy the good memories you did make, and look forward to making more with each step forward.

    • vickioart

      Thank you, Lisa, for being a wonderful and amazing “positive” in my life. Each set-back helps me see what IS working in my life, and you always help me see that, too. I’m such a lucky girl! Hugs!

  2. Karla

    You are so brave dear friend. You continue to step into the thing called Valley Fever and take care of yourself. I enjoyed every minute I was with you as did the kids. Continue to take good care and rest assured you are loved and adored!

    • vickioart

      Hi Karla! I loved every minute with you and the kids, too. We did make the most of the time we had, didn’t we! Thank you for teaching me how to do that. Loving and adoring you and your amazing children is one of the best things in my life. Smiling here in the desert just thinking about you! Hugs!

  3. Jill

    So good to hear that you are moving forward. Your positive attitude will continue to aid in your well-being and improved health. Glad you made the effort for the journey to MN. One never knows without trying! See you soon in the Desert!

    • Peggy bell

      You are an inspiration to me and to all you touch.
      I thank you,for sharing w. me and all who follow you.
      You lead w. your heart and positive attitude.
      I am thankful to have you as my Wise, Creative, Artistic , and Young Friend.
      You go VickiO and in the process continue to take care of yourself.

      • vickioart

        Thanks so much, Peggy! You have helped me become all those wonderful things (and I’m not so young any more : ) We should start a “take care Of yOurself” club!! Love you.

  4. Ruth

    You go girl!!!! I really believe that your recent “set back” was just a glitch in the road to your recovery. So sorry that we didn’t connect in MN but you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Love you.
    Ruth

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