Karen, you're right. Besides, I think I worry too much! I am excited about the trip and I will take the cane. Who cares. It is one of those collapsable ones. I had forgotten that I tell people that it is a Ninja cane for use with self defense - then I collapse it and say "wop pop pah!" and shake it a bit clumsily and it comes back together. Everyone laughs and forgets to ask about the cane or why I have it. I'll just do that. Let's see the psychologists at the convention figure that one out!
The other thing I'm gonna do is quit worrying if my pain is "real enough." It seems that has been the theme of a lof of my thinking. No more. I am going to stand up for myself and take care of myself. that's the best way to feel better.
Post Edited (Sherrine) : 8/14/2008 2:53:27 PM (GMT-6)
Back from Boston and everything went fine. I took the cane, but did not take it with me to the first day of the convention because I had so much to carry. Besides, I figured the first day would be fine. That's the day I needed it! Silly me. Instead I went to a booth that was demonstrating foot and back massagers and tried out their products. I met someone who might be a good contact for a future phd program.
When sightseeing, I paced myself and rested frequently and took extra strength tylenol and went back early to the hotel and used ice and heating pad after. So I was able to do it and had a nice time and met lots of interesting contacts.
If I hadn't found this site and you all, I might not have thought of the tools or be able to normalize it all and say, this is just what I have to do.