Bon Voyage

It’s approximately two days, eleven hours and twenty-three minutes till my family and I leave for our vacation, but who’s counting, right? So I thought I’d check in and let everybody know I’m outta here on Monday and will be gone through the 10th of September. I can’t wait!

The timing couldn’t be more perfect. I’m sleeping well and have gotten used to waking up a little earlier in the mornings, and my mood is as level as it ever gets, except of course for being excited about the trip. I take ALL my meds at the same times every day and wonder, as I always do when these episodes are over, why I ever thought experimenting with them was a good idea. I hope I can learn from this last go-round and not repeat that mistake…but I know enough now to realize that springtime will come again.

In the meantime, our weather pattern has shifted from hot and dry to a taste of fall, but not to fear—we’re going places where it’s endless summer. I’ve never experienced Florida and the Caribbean in the warmer months, but I hear it’s really, really hot down there. Mandy and Mike live in Pensacola now and they’re sweltering, mainly because their air conditioner is kaput and you don’t want to be without A/C in Florida at this time of year. They’re also dealing with that notorious Southern humidity, which they aren’t used to. I can do without that too, but I’m going to be having too much fun to care.

So off we go on another adventure. This will be my 4th cruise in three years, and it never gets old. Free food, luscious tropical drinks, lounging by the pool and watching movies on the Dive-In Theater screen, shore excursions…you can’t beat it. I just hope I can avoid face-planting somewhere and tearing up some part of my body this time!



Published by bpnurse

I'm a retired registered nurse and writer who also happens to be street-rat crazy, if the DSM-IV.....oops, 5---is to be believed. I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder at the age of 55, and am still sorting through the ashes of the flaming garbage pile that my life had become. Here, I'll share the lumps and bumps of a late-life journey toward sanity.... along with some rants, gripes, sour grapes and good old-fashioned whining from time to time. It's not easy being bipolar in a unipolar world; let's figure it out together.

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