My family must go to Washington DC this weekend for my brother-in-laws graduation from Georgetown Medicine. In a way I am looking forward to taking a trip, but I also dread the pain that comes along with a car ride anywhere. We are about
2-1/2 hours from the hotel on a good day with no traffic. We are planning on stopping at the Baltimore Aquarium on our way down as a fun activity for the kids, and I will have my wheelchair with us for periods of long walking or standing. We will head to the hotel to rest and relax Saturday night. My husband's entire family will be at the same hotel, just a room away from us.
I don't always get along with my sister-in-law, and my hubby fears if I am in the same level of pain as I have been this past week, that I will be too short or the sister will find some fault with me and pick a fight or disagreement. So I would love some advice as to how to make this trip as painless as possible. Or maybe advice on how to deal with difficult people so I don't end up taking the focus of the day away from hubby's brother.
He has accomplished so much, and graduating from medical school is a big deal, but for him, Georgetown was his dream. He is going into pain management and anesthesiology eventually, and I would rather eat crow than ruin his special day.
How do you stay comfortable on long car rides? Any ideas on how to make the sitting before the grad ceremony bearable for me? I can't sit up for more than an hour before my pain starts spiking out of control. With my abdominal muscles bound to my bowel, sitting up is agony after a few minutes, and standing for any length of time is the same. Heat always helps. Does it seem silly to get heat packs normally used for hunting to place on my abs when I need it at the ceremony? You should see the prescript
ion locker my husband got for traveling with controlled substances. UGH. Help please so I stop stressing about
what his family will think of me!!!
Thank you for any suggestions, or just a reminder not to stress. I hope everyone's pain is low.