Vacation!!

Oh my goodness it has been over a month since I have written on this blog. I am happy to say I have been very busy LIVING LIFE!! I am very happy to say that. This post as it says is going to be about my trip to Minnesota. All I can say is amazing.

I left a few days after my parents did which meant I was flying alone for the first time since my hip replacement. First can I say how nice it was to be able to bend over and take off my shoes no problem. At my home airport we don’t have metal detectors just the full body scan. I didn’t tell them that I had a hip replacement and went right through no problem. Sat on the plane for 2 plus hours and no real pain. I did all of a sudden remember that I needed to move so I didn’t get a blood clot. Have no idea why that popped in my head and being almost 9 months post op I think I was ok. But I became very wiggle after that because I can’t really do ankle pumps with my right foot. CP gave me foot drop. Made it here no problem, just ready to move.

There was a group of us that traveled from my home town to see my nephew graduate from high school. There was 7 of us from NY there to see him walk across the stage. We might not have all been at the ceremony but watched from the house and were very proud.

We had a few great days together. Getting things ready for a fun graduation party. The graduation party was a great time. I was sad to see my family go but knew that my nephew, sister and I were going to have some fun.

We did some fun things well I was there. They did keep me very busy which was great. It put the new hip of mine to the test. I had a great time with my sister shopping and making chocolate. We did so many great things together. There are two things I am going to share because they seem the most relevant.

My niece, her boyfriend and my nephew and I went to the Minnesota Zoo. I have been here before but it is still a great trip. This is not some small zoo. I spent 6 hours straight on my feet and LOVED every minute of it. Thank you to my new hip and lovely Bioness I was able to do all this. We walked the whole zoo. We even went back to the farm and played with some goats. I as rally enjoying myself. We were laughing joking and enjoy each others company. Best part was I didn’t hurt. What an amazing joy. I did find out that I still walk a little slow. But that doesn’t bother me at all. It was a great trip to the so. One that I won’t forget. What made it the best was I was with my family!

This is was after 6 and half hours of straight walking. I was so proud of myself and I love my Bioness!

This is was after 6 and half hours of straight walking. I was so proud of myself and I love my Bioness!

My nephew and I decided that we wanted to go to the Mall of America and ride some rides. Here we come roller coasters and more. This is the first time I have been on rides since my thr. Very excited and even more excited to be doing it with this nephew. We have a special bond and really enjoy each other. We had so much fun together. We went on so many great rides and I was able to get on and off them no problem. That put a smile on my face. That five-year old kid in me showed up again. We rode roller coasters and other things that allowed my hip to be put to the test. I was a total blast. Lots of laughs.
Today was leaving day. 😦 very sad to go home because I had such a great time with family. One more time through airport security. This time I did set off the metal detector. They didn’t have a full body scanner so I had to get a pat down. I made sure I told them about my hip before going through on a warning from my mom that set it off too. I didn’t like the pat down and hope there are not many more in my future but I kinda know there are. I will become ok with it. It will be my normal. It was a great trip. I am so happy that. Was able to go. I can’t wait till next year.

View of home from the plane

View of home from the plane

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