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Gary's great adventure

gaj399ggaj399 Posts: 270
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Chronic Pain
I know this is probably in the wrong forum, but it most closely fits this forum.

Two and 1/2 weeks ago, my wife and I,after much planning, decided to take a car trip from Michigan, to Baton Rouge, continuing on to the everglades in Florida. Needless to say we planned several extra days for rest and short days of driving. The first day went pretty uneventful, we managed to make it around 300 miles with lots of breaks and rest stops.

Day two was not quite so uneventfull, as we we're heading into Memphis from the west, and just hitting the onramp to the bridge over the Mississippi, we blew a transmission line and all of our transmission fluid drained out and by the time we got across the bridge I had to pull over because my transmission wasn't working anymore. Unbelievably a mechanic pulled over found the hose right away, took me to a parts store, brought me back and fixed the car for me right there. We we're only broke down for a total of about one hour. No permanent damage to the transmission. He asked for $150.00 for labor, needless to say I gave him much more than that. Oh and I forgot to say, it was after 5pm, so I would have had to have the van towed and got a rental car and a hotel for the night. As it was we made it to the hotel we had reserved about 60 miles down the road.

Day 3 & 4 were spent at that hotel at a casino. Mostly we rested, but did spend a little time in the casino, made our donation.

Day 5 & 6 were short driving days and later on day 6 we made it to Baton Rouge. The next four days were spent visiting with relatives and some sightseeing, we went on a swamp tour that was really interesting, all the wildlife was wonderfull. My wife has always wanted to see a big gator, and she wasn't dissapointed, we saw one that was at least 12 or 13 feet long.

Now comes where the chronic pain set in. After a talk about the driving distance to southern Florida, we decided to head back north, taking a different route. With my back just killing me, we only made it 60 or 70 miles. We found a casino in northern Louisiana that was just beautiful, the host greeted us and heard our whole story from my wife, after which she gave us a free room for our first night. We decided that we would stay there for 3 nights, cause I was in enough pain I was afraid I was going to have to go to the emergency room. After 3 nights in a beautiful room with a great bed, we made our way slowly home. We finally made it home 3 days later.

And now the payback for trying to have some fun. I've been in bed about 20 hours a day the last 3 days, trying to get the pain under control. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Even with the extra pain caused by the trip, it was well worth it. Just doing something normal, driving in a car to go somewhere besides a doctor's office or a hospital. I'm sure reality will set in with more surgeries coming up in a few months, but for a couple weeks we could pretend our life was almost normal.

Hope y'all have a less painful night tonight. I put the (y'all) in for our southern friends and relatives.


  • It is nice to see that there are still people in this world ready to lend a helping hand. I live in Memphis and am jaded by the pan-handlers and people always with their hand out. I have helped many a person with a sad tale only to later wonder if I had been duped.
    The casinos in Tunica are a lot of fun, if only there was less smoke, haven't been down there in a couple of years, glad you had a good time a left a deposit for the tax base.
    I went on a short vacation at Christmas to Nashville to see the Rockettes and the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. I took some friends for their Christmas Present, they are in their mid 70's and everytime I see them they tell that was the best trip they've ever been on.
    I did pay in pain, but it was all worth it to have the little bit of normal. I look back on that trip and don't think about the pain it caused but the good time we had.

    Hope that you get some relief and that your upcoming surgery is successful.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • We were very lucky with the help we recieved, and I must agree that most casino's are too smokey for us. This one was not so noticable, and I always move if someone sits by me and starts smoking. I gave it up over 3 years ago, and I try not to put myself in smokey areas. Both casinos that we were in had very good ventilation.

    There is a casino 12 miles from our home that we don't go in because it is just too smokey.
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