It's an awful medicine to get off of if you take to long, my opinion, so I swore I'd never use it again. Never say never. The first night the weather was terrible. We had a balcony stateroom so you could hear all noises outside in the ocean. It was the first time I'd been on a floor that high. ( because of balcony) You notice the rocking of the ship a lot more on deck 9. Thank goodness there was only one other night of bad weather. I was pretty scared and not ashamed to admit it. My mom was out enjoying herself that first night and at 2 am my anxious self was still wide awake when she came in. Yes, I'd taken the ambien. Even after she was in I still couldn't relax and sleep. Lets just say she makes a little noise when sleeping. Like my dear husband, but a little louder. The first night was pretty rough and I was glad to see the morning come. I got approximately 3-4 hours sleep and my body was not happy with me for it.
Each night was some battle. My mother worried about me so much she purposely stayed out one night hoping I'd get some sleep. Unfortunately, I don't sleep on demand. Kind of like a day time nap. No matter how tired, my body just refuses. By Wednesday night I'd come up with putting my ear pieces in my ears instead of just resting my phone on the side of my pillow. ( using the pink noise app) When I did go to sleep this helped drown out any noises in the room. Yes, there were others. A creaking door that lead to connecting staterooms. Our noisy guests next door. They really didn't care what time it was to go out on the balcony and make noise and celebrate. Next cruise, if there is one, I'll request to be in between two elderly couples.
|"The Pearl" Our ship is behind, a little bigger "The Spirit"|
Every night there was some sort of excellent entertainment in the "Stardust Theater" On the Monday night we saw a comedian who had our jaws hurting he was so funny. I haven't laughed that hard in some time. There was an act of two Russians, ( male and female ) who were amazing. I don't know if they were lovers, but they sure seemed to be. It was a beautiful, death defying romantic performance. I won't bore you with every night. It was well worth your time to go an see. The only down side was we had to really get there early to get a seat at the end of an isle. The theater held a lot of guests but it was one long isle. You know, where there is no way for someone to pass unless you stand up? It's quite and effort sometime for me to get up out of those types of chairs. I didn't care if I had to sit at the top. It was worth it to not climb over people and to stand up and stretch any time I felt like it.
My friends and family are very familiar with my cushion I carry around everywhere with me. It made it all over that cruse ship and back home. If only it could talk....
After a show one night they had a chocolate lovers buffet. There is not one thing chocolate they didn't have. Cheese cake, any and every kind of cake. Chocolate sculptures. Chocolate covered things! It was a sight to see. The only down side was the time of night. It was late. I really can't have caffein after lunch much less at 10:45 at night. That's ok, my mom enjoyed for both of us. Love you mom.
|one of the chocolate sculptures|
I would say one of my moms favorite things was listening to music. She loves to hear a live band and loves to dance. She even got up on stage with one female singer she befriended and the lead singer officially titled her as her "back up dancer". My mom got a huge round of applause after. I took a few pictures during then I took off before the song was over in case my mom came towards me. Hee hee.
Seriously I'm just joking. She loved it and I loved seeing her enjoy herself.
|Mom's new friend|
Another thing the two of us enjoyed was a massage. I went first and she had hers a couple hours following me. We had the same massage therapist and she was great. I've never been disappointed with a massage on a cruise. This was my third time cruising and my third time meeting a wonderful person who taught me something. They had a steam room to use and I definitely made use of it everyday, but once. It really helped with the bursitis and fibro pain. Oh how I miss going to the one at the "Y". It feels so awesome when you leave. If you've never tried it, please do. It's great for muscle and joint pain, to release toxins and leave your skin looking good. I'm sure there are many other benefits.
We got off of the boat on three different occasions. My mom and I were a good pair for shopping because neither of us can make it very long. We were usually ready to return around the same time.
At every port we met interesting people and had good conversation. It was the same on the boat. Every night we met someone new and then would end up seeing them again. I met a couple the first day who were on their honeymoon and I saw them most everyday. With 2500 passengers you wouldn't expect it, but it happened. He had been on quite a few cruises but it was her first.
|goofing off in Costa Maya|
|She's going in|
|At dinner one night|
I'm struggling with fibromyalgia pain at intense levels. Hence my outbreak of hives since I've been home. It made two weeks yesterday that I've been off of the Lyrica. I'm not sure how I'll continue to keep going without it. The good news is my stimulator is still in check. I believe I'm setting a record for myself now on time between adjustments. I'd never have survived the cruise without it.
Speaking of my stimulator, as a fellow blogger who recently stated, you get to cut the line when passing through the zapper. (that's what I call it) I had my card out to show them and they barely looked at it. He just waved me on over and patted me down. On the boat, as we got on and off at various ports, it was even easier. I flashed the card and they just had me bypass. No patting.
I'm praying for a blessed Easter Sunday for everyone. Don't over do it please. You know the following day is really the one that kills you. I'm thankful to be home. I'm thankful for my life, my family and friends. I'm also thankful for the support of the above and my readers. Your emails and own blogs inspire me to keep on keeping on sometime.
Full of H.O.P.E.