Flying from Fla. to Seattle and back in 4 days> Ouch!!!!

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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/6/2012 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Fam's & friends!
Well I made another Homecoming for my Son Joe who just returned from a 7mo. deployment to the middle east abord the John Stenis (Aircraft Carrier)!!!
We flew out to Seattle from Tampa stopping in Dallas (where plane broke down on the runway adding another 2 hrs to the trip!) I was in agony 1/2 way there! We didn't get there till 9:00pm Pac. time and were up in the morning at 3:30am east time!!! A long day!
We met my new Daughter-in-law who insisted we come to their apt. to decorate it for or Son's arival! Got to our hotel at around 11:30pm and had to get up at 4:30am to get a parking spot at the pier on base as there were expecting thousands for the homecoming!!
It was in the low 30's, windy, overcast and drizling at the base! I was in agony before we evan got there but I couldn't let it on to the people in our party there to welcome Joe! Don't you just hate it when if you evan complain a little, everyone thinks you are just looking for attention> Well thats how I felt anyway!!
The weather was killing me being used to the 80's in Fla. before we left!!! I also lost my cain in transit somewhere so I used an umbrella which wasn't the best idea on the wet slippery pier!! 
I ended up leaving our group more than once, sneaking behind a concrete wall and lying down on the pier to realieve the agony in my back & neck w/o them seeing me!!
A couple times concerned Sailors working security on the pier came over to see why I was lying down on the wet concrete? I asured them just a bad back and I would be OK if I could just lie flat for a minute or two!!
It was wonderfull and well worth the pain to see tears coming from my Son's eyes when he saw my Wife & I>> He had no idea we were coming!!! 
We all went out to dinner that night and had a great time except for the group kept asking me if I was alright?? My eyes were in bad shape> another story (Had this nasty thing come back on my eyeball the 3rd time, 1st two were surgically removed!!) The drops the doc gave me the week before for both eyes made them glazy and wattery looking like I was high or drunk!  GRRRRRRR! I didn't drink anything and only took my reg meds which do nothing like that!!! GRRRR!
The next day it was up to the Mts to a cassino for brunch then to a waterfall and train station village in the Cascade Mts. More walking in the cold!!! Said goodbye at 5:00pm drove to a hotel next to the airport!
The phone rang at 2:45am!! The Airline saying our flight is cancelled and instead of going to Dallas we would be going to N.Y.C. for our layover and not get into Tampa till 11:30pm east time!!!
Saywhat?? My Wife who schedules Dr's plane flights for a living got on the phone and told them this is not acceptable> My husband is disabled and can NOT fly that far in one trip!
She was on the phone for an hour & a half before they got us another flight on a different airline but we had to leave for the airport right away> at 5:00am!!!!
Long story short, we got to Tampa around 6:30pm east time and home right around dark to our pets who were extreamly glad to see us!! Hobbled into the house and to bed w/o dinner!
That was on Sunday> I hardly got outa bed yesterday and my body still hurts like HELL but I's do it all over again tomorrow just to see the look on my Son's face when he got off that ship!!!!!!>> It ain't just all about me!!!!!!!!!
Love All Y'all!!!
Your Buddy & Brother>
Pittyfull and Painfull Pete>
Goin back to bed!!

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   Posted 3/6/2012 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh Pete,
I do love you so much.  You are such a trooper and I know you were in such pain during all of this and I feel for you so much.  I understand about not wanting people to fuss over you all the time.  You just say "I'M OK" and keep on keeping on!
I am thrilled for you that you made the trip.  I bet your son was overjoyed to see that his dad cared so much about him that you would fly across the country to meet him at the ship.  Very cool!  I admire you too.
Hope you feel better!  I am praying for you, guy!!
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   Posted 3/6/2012 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I can commiserate with your experience.

Last week, I flew to Canada to visit my parents and went from 65 degrees and sunny to 25 degrees and snow.

I used so much BT medication on the flight there, I was worried I wouldn't have enough for my brief trip. Fortunately, though, my flights were uneventful with nothing more than one minor delay.

Three more weeks and I have to fly again: this time to Seattle where I was invited to give a talk. I fly in the day before so I can recover from my flight before having to do anything serious. I can imagine the northwest being the worst place in the U.S. for chronic pain because of its dampness.
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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/7/2012 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the nice replies you wrote Lindaloo & Cogito> I love you too Miss Linda!!!
Yea that flying crap is for the birds, not us CP'ers!!!! Maybe if I could aford 1st class, it wouldn't be so bad for my 6'3" ~ 290lb frame!!!
The poor folks who have to sit next to me cring every time!!! I feel bad when I see them coming down the isle or if I look at them when I'm coming down the isle!!!
I can see it in their faces> OH NO!!! Not that Big Guy!!! Then when I try to move or stretch or have to get up so often to go to the B-room>
I hate flying!!!!! But like I said it's worth it when I saw my Son's face!!!!
Now my other Son in Jacksonville has a broken heart!! His girlfriend he had on the ship is back home in N.Y.C. on leave and has been cheating on him!!!
He is such a nice kid and has trusted this little ^)(%!!@#$!! then sent her a plane ticket to come down last week for a few days!
All was dandy till he caught her texting some other guy behind his back!!!
He doesn't want me to come over to visit him but I think I'm gonna go anyway!! At 1st he agreed to let me come then 20 mins later called me up in tears and said No, don't come!!
My heart is aching for him, this was his 1st true love and I think most of you remember what that was like????
So, if you don't hear from me for a while, it's because I'll be gone again!!!
Big Fatguy GHugz to all of Yuze!!!!!
Love All Y'all>>
Discusted Dad or Pissed off Pop>>
> Pete
Discusted Dad> Pete

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/7/2012 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
OH> Good luck on your trips Cogito!!!! I feel for you!!!
When I was young & stupid I broke almost every bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men, both are in the Navy. I'm so proud! My biggest health problem>> I'm a certified Luny~Tune!!

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   Posted 3/7/2012 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pittyfull and Painfull Pete, Darn Me here, I thought I'd intro myself to you. I just wanted to jump in here and tell you I applaud you for making the trip knowing all the pain and discomfort it would cause you. They all deserve to be greeted by someone who loves them and appreciates what they do for all of us. I have to say if it were me I would do the same thing to welcome my Son home.
I really hate to hear all the pain and problems you had on your journey but I know there is no way you would have missed it.

Kudo's to you and your Wife for showing your limitless love for your Children and to your Son's for all the sacrifices they make for us.

BTW, I guess you could tell I liked your
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