Laugh on Down a Road
September 19, 2017 - als
Dear readers, this week my Living Well with ALS column will take a somewhat opposite trail down a highway of wellness. Because, in a query of vital a equivalent life, I’ve schooled that amusement is something we all need to incorporate into a days. And one of a best ways I’ve found to learn how not to take life oh too seriously is to container my bags and go on a brief trip, that happened final weekend.
Ours was a seven-hour expostulate north to Las Vegas, to attend a jubilee party event; it was a reunion of sorts, filled with aged friends, many tributes and most celebration. It also gave me plenty event to use my wellness behaviors.
For instance, it’s a given that when pushing on a highway my father hates removing stranded behind a truck. Me? Oh, I’d lapse to “calm, studious driver” mode and follow that lorry for miles and miles. My father however sees a conditions as a personal plea – that a encumber outpost can indeed pass a double-long semi-truck on a circuitous alpine two-lane highway. So, while he’s channeling his middle Mario Andretti, we do enunciation drills. Vowel sounds like, “Ooh – ooh-ooh! Aah-aah-aah,” and finale with a, “Ye-ow! THAT was close!”
From this indicate on we use what we in a wellness attention impute to as, observing silence.
Back in a day, my father and we were aces during prolonged highway trips. Fuel stops became split-second timing events rivaling array crews during a Indy 500. We’d lift adult to a gas pump, I’d run in, use a comforts and be behind in a automobile by a time my father had a tank filled. Zoom, we’d be off down a road!
But now that we’ve both reached that golden age of relocating slower, array stops take on a some-more distributed approach. First, there is reconnoitering before exiting a highway. No some-more roadside mom-and-pop gas stations; distance matters. Scanning a landscape, we hunt for soaring signs indicating that a vast fuel piazza is usually ahead. Their distance guarantees correspondence with ADA regulations, such as entryways that accommodate rollators and restrooms that are truly accessible.
Oh, there are always a small things and Murphy’s Law prevails. The close on a encumber box doesn’t utterly fit, floors are soppy from carrying usually been mopped and paper towels are nowhere nearby a sink.
But all is equivalent by possibility encounters with good samaritans. Total strangers who, saying my plight, offer to reason a doorway close from a outside, another time I’m offering paper towels, and always there’s a permitted smile. In return, I’m inexhaustible with my “thank yous” and supplement their good deeds to my nightly list of gratitudes.
Last year’s highway outing to San Antonio enclosed several overnight stays along a way. Although we always picked brand-name motels, we fast schooled that permitted bedrooms differ widely in interpretation. Yes, a room was on a belligerent floor, though several low-mounted towel racks don’t count as squeeze bars and a small cosmetic sofa placed in a bathtub usually doesn’t cut it!
But, we remembered my wellness lessons and silently thanked a motel manager for permitting me to use awareness and file my balancing skills. Navigating a rollator by a furniture-crowded room with no turnaround space had me fantasizing we was a aspirant on a Ninja Warrior TV show!
This was not a box on this outing and a fancy-schmancy hotel in a heart of Las Vegas, nonetheless we did have one “Uh-oh,” impulse when we schooled a room was on a third floor. But a concrete walkways, a low ramp and conveyor float delivered us to a spacious, and we meant atmospheric room! It was large adequate for me to park my scooter nearby a entrance and widen my legs with a few laps around a room around rollator.
The bathroom? Ahh, a bathroom. Thank you, ADA spirits in a sky! Not usually was a lavatory perfect, it had a bonafide roll-in permitted showering with a engorgement of squeeze bars, a neat sitting area and a showering conduct that changed adult and down. Too bad we were staying there for usually one night.
We’re reminded mostly to see a lives as a tour and not a destination. We also know that hurdles along a approach with ALS can be met with a glower or a laugh. we select to laugh.
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