the trip and visit sound terrific. You make us feel like we were there with
you. Rest up and hopefully the flaring will stop soon.


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Don't follow in my footsteps.... I run into walls.

Love and Hugs,
Squirrely Jo

>I now have enough painkillers in my body to tell about my trip. It was
>incredible but the body sure did not co-operate as it was suppose to.
>didn't stop me though.
>
> Started at Hilton Head, South Carolina after a short afternoon in
> Beaufort. a lovely little town but my right foot was giving me huge
> amounts of pain. Felt strained, sprained or broken but all the pain was on
> the top. Lots of ice, a little swimming in the pool, a walk. you know -
> walk it off. yup..
>
> The next day was Charleston. Oh send me back anytime! I loved Charleston
> but my body was really sore. I walked but every step was agony. By the
> end of the first day I made the decision the prednisone was going to be
> increased. Up it went and up and up. Up to 25 for 3 days from 7 mg. I
> don't mind telling you I was really bummed. However it didn't stop me
> from walking and walking. Just grabbed my walking stick, iced several
> times a day and walked. did take a carriage tour, went to a jazz concert,
> watched a parade, toured a couple of museums, ate out at a couple of
> restaurants. The usual touristy things. Talked to lots and lots of
> people. I just loved it. The weather was perfect - hot and humid.
>
> Then had to leave Charleston. 5 minutes after I left the rain started
> coming down, and coming down. I headed to Myrtle Beach however by the
> time I got there it was still raining hard so made the decision to head to
> Wilmington. Wrong move. Lots of flooded roads and rainy rainy skies and
> driving was pretty bad. However woke to a lovely sky and a not bad
> forecast.
>
> so took off to Topsail Island. Anyhow who reads diane Chamberlain, or
> Mary Alice monroe will recognize some of the spots and touristy areas of
> topsail. and I met diane! Luckily we hit is off, had lots in common and
> both had our own e-readers and computers. I had cheese, crackers, pickles
> in my car since I had been picnicking. this became important. We went
> to a lovely restaurant for dinner and then overnight it began to rain.
> However we still weren't too concerned. Went for coffee in the morning
> and then went to buy a new vaccuum. On the way back to the Condo it
> became apparent the puddles were now stretched across the road. by
> evening - well crackers, cheese and pickles and some pecan sandies. thank
> goodness.
>
> Breakfast we managed to swim the car to the south end but they closed the
> restaurant after us. The big storm. No way off. We hired a lovely man
> to deliver dinner (we tipped well and he said it was just his job mam.)
> Sheesh.
>
> 2 nights ended up 3 nights. diane was such a great hostess and thank
> goodness the 2 of us got along. The dogs were not so sure about the storm
> but they loved all the attention. They are both so well behaved.
>
> Ended up with the 2 of us swimming our cars through the big puddle left -
> the rest had sort of gone.
>
> I ended up going to New bern at Diane's recommendation. it is such a
> wonderful little town. the best moment probably was sunday morning when
> all the many church bells rang out for a long time - each a different
> song, tone, etc.
>
> Onto Myrtle Beach - by this time my body was really giving me hell again
> with spasms up both legs, both ears affected, couldn't put on my bra - you
> know the whole nine yards. More prednisone. Walked again. Stupid i know
> but I loved everything.
>
> One more night at hilton Head and then Savannah.
>
> I have Georgia on my Mind and I am going back. This must be the most
> walkable, people friendly place I have ever been in. there is a square
> with lots of benches every 2 blocks each direction in the town. All with
> liveoaks dripping with spanish moss to keep you cool. The restaurants
> were great, lots of coffee shops to rest in. the tour guide I had was
> incredible and the hotel I stayed in was my best ever. With turndown
> service they even filled my ice basket each night so I could ice my
> ankles.
>
> they overbooked our flight home so I gladly took a voucher and another
> night paid in a hotel so I can go back.
>
> So the damage - it appears that I have plantar fasciitis again but this
> time it affected the muscles in the front of both legs, sending them into
> spasms. The ankles therefore were also unstable as were my knees and hips.
> All tendon, muscular. also the muscular stuff extended into my upper back
> after a bit affecting that area. Oh and since I was depending on my
> walking stick to stand and walk my shoulders, elbows, wrists and fingers
> are in a flare. Oh and to help things also include my ears. Crud. I
> never associated that as plantar fasciitis has always affected the bottom
> of my feet instead. Not this time.
>
> Basically she says i have been overdoing it without orthotics and as soon
> as the inflammation calms down (lots of bedrest, icing, celebrex to add to
> the mix and painkillers if needed) I need to get new orthotics. And maybe
> cut down on some of the exercise although that is what has the diabetes in
> such excellent control which pleases her to no end.
>
> So Kelly overdoes it again. However it was an incredible holiday.
> Absolutely incredible. And my seperation documents are all legal and the
> divorce is final after November 2nd. So a new life.
>
> thanks again to Diane - we really had so much fun! i do miss the dogs
> though not the water.
>
> kelly


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Don't follow in my footsteps.... I run into walls.

Love and Hugs,
Squirrely Jo