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August 14, 2011

Where have I been, you ask?

Oh, on an impromptu drive up to Bend, Oregon. A three-night excursion. Hotel rooms, the whole bit.

WITH TERRI.  (and Chelsea)

I wish there were bigger caps, to emphasize the import of this statement. Let’s see.



There. That’s better.

We have not gone out of town, even just overnight, together, for over four years (Terri not at all). That’s what CFS will do to a person. It is nothing short of a miracle that we were able to go to Bend, to go to Terri’s family reunion. Seriously, we are talking about gifts from the big man in the sky.

Photos tomorrow. We drove (thank you, Terri’s sister, for the loan of the van) so we are exhausted now. But I just had to share. It was touch-and-go if we were going to be able to get out of town at all — up to the very, very last second, we were unsure if we were going to be able to do it. But we did. And I am so very very glad we did. Seeing Terri with her family made my heart swell and break at the same time. I’m so thankful we were able to go.

Hopefully she won’t pay for it too badly in the weeks to come. (CFS is marked by a horrible symptom known as post-exertional malaise, meaning that although you might be able to do an activity in the moment, the extreme crushing fatigue and other symptoms happen a couple days later, and can last for weeks. Months sometimes.) So I’m hoping that it’s not too bad for her, and that we can plan a night or two away a couple times per year. Maybe next time we won’t drive in seven-hour stints. That was a bit much.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2011 11:05 pm

    That is so, so GREAT! So happy for you and Terri and thinking good thoughts that the days and weeks to come will be good as well!

    • August 15, 2011 11:37 am

      Thank you! It was actually quite fun. I love road trips and have missed them.

  2. August 15, 2011 4:49 am

    I’m so glad you got to go! That sounds really wonderful. I hope Terri continues to feel well. ❤

    • August 15, 2011 11:37 am

      Me too! It’s almost noon and she’s still sleeping – hopefully sleeping will continue all day long.

  3. August 15, 2011 9:22 am

    I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU. there arent enough CAPS in the world. as i was reading this i almost had tears in my eyes for you both. i really hope terri continues to feel well in the coming weeks and days.

    • August 15, 2011 11:38 am

      Aw, thank you! It was pretty emotional. We were very scared to try it, and it was a little rocky at times (forgetting key medications, dog barking in hotel rooms, etc.) but it was very fun and I think we will attempt another, shorter next time.

  4. August 15, 2011 11:08 am

    That is so wonderful! I’m clapping and squealing with gladness. I hope Terri is feeling ok now and continues feeling good!

    • August 15, 2011 11:39 am

      Me too! Hoping that because this was something her soul really needed, maybe her body will cooperate and not punish her too much. I know this week will be rough but hopefully after that, better.

  5. August 18, 2011 4:18 am

    Wow – so glad you could take a trip and make it work and see beautiful places and faces. Here’s hoping any malaise stays away!

  6. August 18, 2011 8:24 am

    Thanks, yes, we hope so too! It’s inevitable but hopefully it won’t be too bad. So far so good.

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