I had a really amazing trip home. Was by myself as you all know, but all you that don't get around in crowded places very well at all will love this. And the funny thing is I just did it and sort of didn't realize what I had done and almost started crying while eating my dinner!
I was walking through the Houston airport just starving. Well the one place to eat called "Real Food" just smelled so good, but it was very crowded and not just "out towards the walkway"; you had to go back into it like a restaurant. Well with awkward bag on shoulder, I got a tray of food, complete with lidless drink and walked through the maze of people that have no clue they need to give me a wide berth, and I didn't even have a spare hand to go from 'chair to chair'. I'm sure lots of you know what I'm talking about there when you are walking around stuff. I got all the way to my table and it kind of snuck up on me what I'd just done. It's not like I had any new surgery or anything, but this is about the 8 day mark with no coumadin. I think that stuff was contributing a bit to balance and dizziness issues. It was great!
And then I wanted something other than the book I was trying to get into to read. So I just went in to the little shop with all the periodicals and browsed. I don't browse! I just found myself actually shopping and taking my time. It was a very cool feeling. To not just go from point A to point B only stopping to pee or get a drink at one of the kiosks that have the checkout right out front. Now granted I'd have had to make tracks if I wouldn't have been wearing my "gear" (read my blog and you'll understand
) Just a really good trip home and I hope it stays this way today because I'm off work and want to try and rake some leaves. That should be interesting since my blower died and I will be 'rollin' old school' with the rake
So while my 'gear' (ok, it's an external cath and leg bag) was probably responsible for my willingness to just poke around in a store and not have anxiety about any line at the checkout, it was decidedly not responsible for me carrying a food tray with a drink on it through a crowded restaurant. Things were really good there and I've got nothing to blame there except that I was just flat out more steady. And lastlly, I did a whole bunch of walking and never limped. After walking all the way to my gate in Houston down one of those long gates they have 'in the round' my legs did ache and were pretty tingly but once again they felt balanced in their achiness. It wasn't all on my left side which is what makes me limp. I loved it. Good stuff all the way around for my solo travel stint to Cali.!