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snobrdgrl321
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   Posted 4/6/2010 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
We are planning on driving from Las Vegas to Seattle on 5/3. UGH, just the thought of this is making me hurt, and I am SO worried about having to go the the bathroom all the time. I can already tell my hubby is going to get irritated...

nono

My dad gave my son a car for HS Graduation, so we need to drive it back for him.

 
Wish me luck! Any tips to staying comfortable?
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Donna
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MIKEL99
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   Posted 4/6/2010 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Donna best of luck to you dear one , as for tips how about not drinking a lot of liquids or eating much before hand , I understand immodium can be effective for people , my aunt would take it before a driving trip . I you do'nt put anything in your body nothing should need to come out .I hope thats helpful and I hope you have a great enjoyable and worry free trip . Tell your hubby to be more understanding !!! You are worth it , whats a few stops on a car trip ? I stopped for my Aunt all the time and she was in a wheelchair , thats what family and love is all about ! I hope you have a great trip Donna ! Your friend Mikel
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/6/2010 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning Snob! Yep I still love that name! :) You know the first thing that comes to mind, is can you just stay home, and have your husband have a friend to help drive it back? That is a very long drive, and when I take a peek at your signature line, it makes me hurt! There is no way I would have my wife do this, if she had your health problems.
Even if I had to pay some High School kid a little something to get the job done, I would do this instead of having you drive. It's all in your voice, and I can tell that you either have a fear or are dreading the long drive.

I'm sorry, but I'm very protective of the members here. I'm going to stop short here, but I hope that your husband will reconsider having you do this trip, and it is probably not the best thing for you to do. No body knows your body like you do, and from the tone of your voice, I think you know this as well.

I do so hope you get to feeling better soon.

SE
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 4/6/2010 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Wish me luck! Any tips to staying comfortable?
 
     Dear Donna,
 
     Good afternoon *hugg* I hope you are doing well today. It sounds like you have ALOT on your plate for the next few weeks! Congratulations to your son! Graduation is an exciting time for sure!
 
     As far as long drive is concerned, I would suggest not waiting too long in between "stopps" so you can walk in a few circles to stretch your laggs. Last thing you need is to form a clott in your leggs. Also the large "therma care" or "icy hott" bandages for the areas that will most surley ache would be a good idea aswell. Do you have any hobbies to keep you occupied for the long tripp? I take books or hobbies with me, not because I love them... but because my husband drives terribly and I can't stand to watch shocked
 
     I hope your trip goes well and you arrive safly home!
 
*hugg*
  dani

 

 

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Snowbunny21
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   Posted 4/6/2010 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Donna,

I agree with the others...is there anyone else that can do this drive instead of you? Otherwise..I would just be upfront with your husband to say that you will need to plan in however many 'stops' as necessary if he wants you to go..tell him that you would certainly do the same for him if he was hurting...

For me...before I had heated seats in my car...I used one of those fairly inexpensive but great car seats that have built in massage/heat that plugs right into the lighter spot...They sell them at Target/WalMart...and even when it's warm outside...I keep the AC on high in the car to use the heat for my back/neck...It really is great to keep those muscles from getting stiff/sore..

Whenever I travel..when I was married, with friends, or by myself..I always built in many stops along the way to get out and stretch my legs/neck as well as potty breaks because I believe in staying well hydrated...I can't afford to be stingy on the water....I have too much fatigue without..

So...I just factor in the quick 10 minute stops every hour and half to 2 hours traveled.

Eating some good healthy snacks helps me as well stay alert...and of course...having my satelitte radio!! Gotta have great tunes to sing and make the drive fun:)

I really miss being able to travel by car as much as I used to because of the pain...

I will certainly pray for your safety as well as your pain levels...(still hope that you can find someone else to go instead!)....


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Chartreux
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   Posted 4/6/2010 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Donna,
first of all to worry will make the pain worse...so you can make it, just map out your route and get some hotel nights, priceline or hotels.com or kayak.com
cause it always helps to stop and rest...Also scout out for resturants like maybe check wendy's, arby's, burger king or mcdonalds on-line so you can get
maybe a bite to eat...Hope this info gives you some ideas and try not to worry..I went from Houston, TX to Michigan to Iowa last year in 3 weeks, and I had it schedule to get injections
after I got home and that helped...also take cold packs and use those on you, they can help...good luck to you and gt planning...
((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Donna))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
lots of soft hugz and well wishes, all this was ment in a good way, okay...
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snobrdgrl321
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   Posted 4/7/2010 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the wonderful tips!

No matter what, I will be going.
We will be seeing my dad, whom I havent seen in 3 years.
I am SO excited to see him! But, again, dredding the trip back.
And of course, I will have to drive half the time...That sucks@

But again, Thanks Bunches!!
Donna
Tethered Spinal Cord~1.5x1.2 cm spinal cord cyst at L5/S1  (Lumbar Laminectemy completed 9/10/09)~Scolosis~Migrains~Leg Deformity~Foot Deformity~Knee, Hip, Back, Neck Pain~Severe Depression~Insomenia~DDD~Artheritis (Spine)~Spinal Bone Spurs~NEW: Herniated Disc T5/T6 
"I'm not going to vacuum 'till Sears makes one
you can ride on"
~Roseane Barr~
 


merrygirl
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   Posted 4/7/2010 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I just traveled and drove myself 2.5 hours each way to the doc yesterday. It was hard. Definitely stop and stretch your legs a smuch as you can.

good luck!
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MsBunky
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   Posted 4/7/2010 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Donna, everyone here has pretty much said what I would, so I'm just going to wish you a wonderful trip. Enjoy the scenery as much as you can. If you have an iPod or other music player, maybe take a book on tape or listen to some great music to help relax you.

Have fun!

hugs,
Pam
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/7/2010 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Snobrdgl321, you put it in a different light now that you gave your true reason for going on the trip. It is funny how we think at times, with limited information to work on. Yes family is very important to most people and I can clearly see your point now. I wish you a very safe trip, and do stop often to get out and stretch. Have a wonderful visit with your father.

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.

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