Sunday, November 01, 2015

Yikes and Double Yikes

We should have made this a priority long ago - but we didn't. Michael loves to drive the trailer, I'm content to talk, read, blog while we drive.

Michael finds it hard to drive long distances. We've been warned by the doc "eventually" he won't be able to drive. We've also been warned a common side effect of the drug he will start this month, is inability to drive. It appears he needs the drug. We're praying the drug will work and give him some relief.  We've also talked with some who didn't have any side effects on the meds. We're praying for no side-effects.
However, the writing is on the wall. Even if the new med doesn't cause extreme dizziness - his arthritis makes it painful to drive. If we're going to continue to RV (which is a dream I'm determined to give him) - I'm going to have to learn to drive the trailer.

As the older kids said when they heard I was learning - "Yikes," and "Double Yikes."  I've begun.....and I didn't hit anything - but it's going to be a long time before I'm freeway and mountain pass ready. I shudder to think what I will do if a semi comes alongside.

I wasn't prepared for the emotions of this moment. If I'd learned years ago it would have been a fun, "I am woman" moment. As it is, it feels like giving in to the changes Parkinson's is bringing our way. And yet - it's a good thing. Really. Parkinson's is blessing me with the opportunity to pull a 31 foot trailer.  But it's going to be a long time before I'm freeway ready.........

1 comment:

Laura said...

I truly do understand!!! And trust me, you've got this. If I can do this, YOU can do this. I will state, though, that it might be well worth your time to investigate a Hensley hitch. That was the thing that saved me all the years I was pulling a travel trailer. (I pull a fifth wheel now.) The Hensley Hitch has NO sway at all... even when big semi whizzes past you. It is an incredible safety feature. The big downside is that it makes hooking up harder. It is a process. You would have to determine if the pro outweighed the con. But, maybe look into it.

I believe we still have our old one here in the storage barn, actually... send me an email if you want to know more info and I can have Marvin correspond with real information. :D

I know the background of this new change is not how you envisioned it... but it will be a very good thing for you to be able to drive that rig. Hang in there. We are covering you all in prayer.

(And don't be afraid to choose routes that are easier to pull on... and gas stations that you feel more comfortable with. And get Nolan learning how to back that thing into a campsite!!!) :D