Road Trip

This is my first big test.

“A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” ~ Earl Wilson

I’m going on vacation for two weeks. I do this once a year. Most times, I go somewhere close to home. But every once in a while, I fly to a place several hours away. My upcoming vacation will be different from both of those scenarios because this time I am taking a 6-hour road trip.

The difficulty with doing this is, my MS has always given me problems when I ride in cars. So I guess you are wondering, if that’s the case, why do it. Well, my biggest obstacles have been bladder issues due to frequent urination. Three months ago, I had a suprapubic catheter surgically implanted and I’m calling this car ride my first big test to see if it was worth getting.

During past road trips, we would stop every hour and a half so I could go to the restroom. We not only had to locate a restroom on the highway but, because of my wheelchair, it had to be an accessible restroom. Also, frequently getting in and out of the car would usually wipe me out before we even arrived at our destination. I’m hoping the catheter eliminates both problems.

So, I’m off for a couple of weeks and with any luck I will pass the test. I look forward to a fun, peaceful and MS free trip. I hope you find some time this year to relax too. We deserve it.

Author: Nicole Lemelle

My name is Nicole Lemelle. I am a writer, activist and a person living with Multiple Sclerosis. I created My New Normals to educate those who do not understand MS, reassure people with similar plights and inspire everyone to seize command of their lives.

15 thoughts on “Road Trip”

  1. The s.p. cath has truly been a blessing for me! We travel for days by car and you can drink all the coffee you want and all the juice you want with no concern for having to get out of the car and find a restroom! This is when I truly have “p#n*s envy” because guys can just get out of the car and are free to take care of their own needs!
    Hope you have a great trip in the car and enjoy your destination and your new freedom!

  2. Nicole,
    This is very exciting to take to the road and see what awaits y’all! Here is hoping for a stress free trip filled with kind people and yummy food! I look forward to a blog about it filled with descriptions of the food and the people.

  3. I am so excited for you! I hope it goes well like planned. I completely understand not wanting to go on road trips. My husband’s family is 3.5 hours away. We used to make 1 stop along the way. Now we make at least 2… Oh the joys of MS… Enjoy your trip!

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