I am writing this on the hotel computer (typo and spelling apologies). The PLAN was to proceed from Cheryl and the oxygen concentrator to the hotel, with a single stop: arrive at 4:00, take a nap, then a slow evening and a long overnight rest. That way next morning the three hours at the airport and the 10.5 hour flight and the 3.5 hour train ride won't seem SO horrid.
Well, first we stopped to pick up a $100 camera in case what happened two vacations ago happened again (Camera and pictures lost in water). Also, I can use this as my "Crip Cam" while Linda is off looking at the sights with stairs, and I am people watching. We managed to pick up a Canon that was the earlier model of the camera we have now so no big learning curve and hopefully can use the same software. I went to Borders where I was obsessed to find a book, which I finally remembered the author but they had sold the last copy (30 minutes on that grail hunt).
Unfortunately our drivers, while well meaning, got lost many, many times and this created high tension as well as extra due to traffic and other issues (like being stuck for a LONG time waiting for a parked train). I ended up in sort of semi-comatose mode where I am actually PRAYING to pass out, but don't, just feel worse and worse. I could not assist myself in and out of vehicle, or swallow, or have trunk or head self-support. We arrived at the hotel which we were assured was "completely quiet" by our drivers who booked it. It is not only at the junction of two major roads but UNDER a flight path. It took two valium and I don't know how much loss of sanity to get 90 minutes sleep.
Yesterday, due to a body meltdown, I did not sleep until 3:00 am. So today was going to be the "catch-up" day, where I got a full nap and 8+ hours sleep. Linda and I are right now making a reservation ELSEWHERE for coming off the plane as obviously the hearing of our drivers is slightly different than ours (and other humans who seem to hear planes going overhead every two minutes). So we are in the horrid position of HOPING that I can "catch up" and get some REAL rest while sitting upright on a plane for 10.5 hours. When that is your major hope, you know how screwed you are. There is also a plan to make a nest in the bathroom for me tonight in hopes to lessen the noise a bit.
This plan was based on making each day, yesterday and today so I got STRONGER heading toward the flight. That hasn't happened. I can't "will power" through my condition and deterioration when I don't sleep, and believe me, I have tried a LOT of prayer. Right now, as strange as it is to say, we are just hoping to sleep at least 6-7 hours tonight and then get to Japan and REST there (what sounds wrong with that plan?). Still no news on the train reservations. Lost swallow function and partial eyesight today but I think the rest I did take over the last week or so has given me a little buffer zone which has stopped complete degeneration. I have to hope I still have a bit of that buffer left. After the nap I was able to eat again, Linda kept putting pain and valiums in my mouth earlier and trying to get me to swallow so I could sleep (some worked). An act of love indeed.
Anyway, good thoughts, prayers, and any other immediate solutions would be appreciated. Off on the morning - just hoping for eight hours sleep between now and then (PLEASE!).
Well, this is why travel is never the same twice, eh? Always an adventure.
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