Bill And I Need A Break

As you can imagine, all the stress of dealing with Shantel’s school issues, coupled with trying to get mom settled ,really began to take a toll on both Bill and I. No big surprise, I developed high blood pressure that my doctor told me I needed to get under control immediately. I was put on three different blood pressure medications, which helped, but still didn’t bring it into the range my doctor wanted it to be. She asked if I had any idea what could cause my blood pressure to get so high since my last visit? I started telling her about the issues with Shantel’s school, and bringing my mother to live with us and trying to manage her medical issues etc. My doctor took out her prescription pad and wrote ‘TAKE A BREAK“. Then she suggested my husband and I go away for a few days. She said this wasn’t just for pleasure, but it would also give my medications a chance to work more effectively if I was able to get calmed down and relax . I told the doctor what she was suggesting is easier said than done when Shantel still had to get to school and mom needs 24 hour attention. She told me if I didn’t commit to getting away for a few days, she would have to admit me to the hospital to get my blood pressure under control because it was dangerously high. She said if I were in the hospital, everyone would have to figure out what to do for themselves, and she was right.

I came home and told Bill what the doctor said and he agreed completely. I called my brother, Danny and told him the situation. He told me not to worry, he would take vacation days and come to our house to stay with mom and Shantel. I have always been very close to Danny, and I always know I can count on him whenever I really need something. With that settled, Bill and I decided we would take a trip to one of our favorite destinations, Coronado Island, and stayed at the Hotel Del Coronado in beautiful California. It just so happened there was a cancellation at the hotel, and we were able to book a room for the very next week for two days. With the hotel reservations made, we booked flights that allowed us to fly in early in the morning and leave late in the afternoon on our return trip. Once all the arrangements were made, I felt like I couldn’t get there fast enough!

On the morning we were to leave, Danny arrived right on time to take over my “duties” at home with mom and Shantel. Bill and I were all packed up and ready to leave, so we said our good-byes, and off we went. I could feel the tension of the past few months begin melting away and we weren’t even at the airport yet.

We arrived in beautiful San Diego, and upon landing, we took the Hotel Del Coronado transportation directly to the hotel. We unpacked and headed straight for the beach! We rented chairs with little shade umbrella’s and planted them in the sand. We took a long walk up and down the beach in our bare feet, then planted ourselves in our shaded chairs and did absolutely nothing but watch the beautiful waves, the people, and laughed and talked the day away, until we decided we were hungry and we went to get some lunch. I can’t even begin to describe how wonderful it felt to just do nothing…have no agenda, no appointments, no phone calls, no meetings, and no one needed anything…it was just all about me and my Bill, the REAL HERO in my life!

Next: Back At The Ranch!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Kaufman
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 23:22:42

    What a well deserved two days! The caregiver is the one to suffer the most and doesn’t realize you need a break. I can feel the release of all the tension coming from your words and yes Bill is a Savior, your rock that God placed in your life.


  2. gotham girl
    Mar 30, 2012 @ 09:09:33

    Beautifully written my dear! I could feel the sand and the ocean breeze! xoxo MORE!


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