This was a great trip...I was worried that if things went badly, Jason would be hesitant to travel again, but as we were leaving he was already talking about the next trip, and possibly going to some other Selenium conference in France this fall. So all good on that front. It was quite the experience and I feel much more confident about traveling in the future....here's what I learned:
- Be more specific when inquiring about the accessibility of a room. Ask, for example, whether the shower is more than just a roll-in...in our room, Jason could get into the shower, but there were no grab bars on the interior and the shower head was not hand-held. Not terrible (We made it work), but not ideal either. On future trips, I'll also take along some portable grab bars...they pack up easily enough and have worked well in our bathroom at home.
- We now understand the need for various wheelchair accessories that previously seemed unnecessary. We for sure need to get something to hold his legs on the footplate of the chair if cobblestone is involved. He'd roll over that and his legs would just bounce off the plate...oops.
- We can travel like we use to do...before the injury, our favorite thing to do in new cities was just to wander around, exploring without much in the way of a definitive plan. We didn't know if that would still be possible due to the mobility restrictions (and practical considerations, like finding wheelchair accessible bathrooms, or restaurants without steps leading into them). But it's all still possible, so long as we remain flexible, and slow our pace down a bit. That was good to learn.
As good as the trip was, it was so lovely to get home again and see our girl. Savannah had a great week with her "Mimi," and Sonja definitely enjoyed the extra long walks. I think they were still happy to see the two of us, though. We were only gone a week, but I feel like Sav grew a lot in that period. She's more or less speaking in sentences now and she has two new teeth! I've enjoyed having time to snuggle up with her the last day or two...normally she's too independent for lots of cuddle time, so this has been a welcome change :)
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!