Danny and I used to be avid travelers before I lost my legs and my kidneys. Since I’ve lost both we haven’t traveled anywhere overnight yet. We’ve gone to Banff and that’s about as far as we’ve gone. This April long weekend we are travelling to Edmonton, by car. Planning this Friday to Sunday adventure has been interesting. Since Edmonton is such an old city, a lot of the hotels aren’t accessible. Luckily the city is booming so there are plenty of new hotels that are accessible. This will be my first time sleeping in a bed that’s not mine. I’m nervous because I’m unsure if I can even get into the bed. What if it’s too high comparatively to my wheelchair. My bed at home has a handrail that helps me transfer onto the bed, obviously the hotel won’t have this. It will definitely be an adventure for me.
I’m also planning a trip to Vegas for the end of August. It will be my first flight, I am super anxious. I’ve watched a lot of youtube videos people have made of traveling my air. How they get onto the plane and stuff. It helps a lot. One concern is washroom, as we all know, they are tiny. If I need to use it, will I be able to? Good thing Vegas isn’t that long of a flight. We are also staying for 4 nights, so I have to plan to do dialysis down there. At first I was going to do 3 nights, then I could get away with no dialysis down there, but then I’d be restricted as to what I could eat or drink. What kind of vacation is that? So instead of ruining our vacation, I’ll do dialysis for 4 hours, so I can indulge a bit. Still not go crazy and drink a gallon, but at least I will be able to have a a beverage with my meals or enjoy sauce or even a slice of watermelon. Researching how to get to the hotel from the airport. They have accessible taxis, but to get one, you will just have to wait a bit. Traveling with your wheelchair is also nerve wracking. There are lots of stories of airlines wrecking your power chair. So I found an attachment for my manual chair that looks like the front of a motorcycle and that should work to avoid them breaking my “legs”. Would suck to get to Vegas and lose my legs all over again.
Lots more planning to do when you have no legs and no kidneys when it comes to travel. But still gotta try. Fear won’t prevent me from living the best life I can live. For myself, and for Danny.