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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Plans to Travel....North Carolina

My family and I plan to make a trip to North Carolina sometime soon. We are hoping to travel there in January. It's for a special occasion. I had some family move there in 2007. My mother and father in law to be exact. They felt incredibly bad that their move came at the precise time I was diagnosed but luckily by the time they actually left town the chemo had begun helping. I was breathing a bit better so they reluctantly continued with the move. I miss them dearly. I have never been to North Carolina so I am pretty excited. I am wondering what things there are to do and from what I hear there are some nice mountain views.

I am a born and raised Illinois gal. Yes. I said gal. Still I love the flat, wide open spaces. It's fall so the corn is coming down fast. You can see for miles and miles. The leaves are not only changing color but now barely clinging to the trees. It's been warm. Yesterday I saw it was 76 degrees. I am wearing a tank November. Wow.

I hope to turn this trip into a real vacation. I am excited about visiting family but really I haven't taken a real vacation in a long time. Honestly who has the money these days? There are so many other things that we need to do with our money but this is a good excuse to take a trip. I love the ocean but have seen it only twice. I can still see it clearly in my mind and I know without a doubt I'll see it again some day.

Before I got sick I was terrified of flying in any way. Now, I am still nervous about it. I won't lie. But I'd do it. I still have never been on an airplane but I had to be on Life Flight two times. The first I was pretty out of it. I was on a magnesium drip to stop some preterm contractions brought on by my chemo treatments. The contractions were mild but continuous and the hospital I was at was not prepared to deliver a 30 week baby if necessary. I didn't really experience that flight too much. The second time was when my water broke at 36 weeks. I was still a tiny bit early and with my high risk situation I wanted to be at the best hospital so again I was Life Flighted to a better hospital for the situation. This time I was wide awake and alert. I was terrified I'd go into hard labor on a helicopter but I didn't. It was cold so I was bundled pretty tight on the gurney. They positioned me so I could see out the window. The sun was just coming up. It was such a symbol. Here I am going to go have my baby and the sun is just peaking over the horizon. Illinois looks like a patchwork quilt from the sky. Maybe everywhere does, but this is my only experience seeing it from a bird's eye view. It was gorgeous and I loved the whole trip. I wasn't scared. I hope to do a lot of traveling now. There is so much I no longer take for granted.


Unknown said...

I am running around in a tank top and shorts. Are you sure we live in Illinois? This warm weather is starting to freak me out! LOL

Anonymous said...

Wow ... I live 5 minutes away from the ocean, and I take it for granted. Don't worry about flying ... there's nothing to be afraid of. I hope you and your family have a wonderful time in North Carolina.

Paul Eilers said...

I was born and raised in eastern North Carolina.

Now that I live in Arkansas, there are days that I miss my roots terribly.

You are going to love it there! Have a good trip!

Anonymous said...

It's almost overwhelming when we think of the size of the US and the size of each state ... almost like countries in their own right. We only have to travel a couple of hundred miles in Britain and we feel quite 'pooped.' If we travel to Scotland especially towards the Isle of Skye then total exhaustion seems to take effect ... perhaps it's taking the high road or may be the low road. lol

I hope that you have the most amazing journey and don't forget to take some pictures on the way and please post them so that those of us who live a long way off perhaps can appreciate some of those magnificent views.

Sandi said...

oh I'll be sure to take pics :) I can't wait really. I love spending that time with my family too. I love road trips. It's aroud 100 miles just to get to my oncology appointments! lol My own fault since I refuse to switch docs though.

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