I’m back from our week at the beach! I meant to put up an “Out to Lunch” post the Friday before we left, but I guess I was just too anxious to start my vacation. We had a wonderful time with the Gorman family – and thoroughly enjoyed the sun and surf. It was a hot one, but the beach was cool and breezy. My in-laws have always embraced my photosensitivity, and each year, they seem to come up with a bigger and better solution for providing shade at the beach. We’ve now graduated to a big, blue tent – providing relief from the sun for the whole family. You can fit nearly 10 chairs underneath that tent if you had to – but you'll almost always find mine right in the center!
As I’ve mentioned before – I’m not as photosensitive as I used to be (thank goodness!), so I spent plenty of time in the ocean with the girls. This is the first summer at the beach that I’ve had Raynaud’s, and I can assure you, it was in full force. After about 10 minutes in deep water, my fingers were as white and numb as can be. Of course, with such high air temperatures, they thawed quickly once I was out of the water for a few minutes, but it’s still a crazy phenomenon. Needless to say, Bernie seems to prefer the sand, so I manned the shore most of the time while Johnny took the plunge with Deirdre.
And naps were long and plentiful while we were there – so I’m no worse for wear upon my return. A successful vacation for sure!
Of course, I took my handy-dandy pillfold along for the trip (the
if you were wondering!), and I decided to take a picture of it mid week to
demonstrate what I’ll call a Pillbag Pro
Tip – tips on how to maximize Pillbag usage and minimize stress and exertion on your
joints. Here’s what my bag looked like
by Wednesday mid-day:
If you notice – the zipper for Wednesday is left halfway open. When I’d open the pouch to get out my morning pills, I just left the zipper in the middle with the pouch open. That way, when I went to take my evening pills, I just had to unzip the pouch the rest of the way to expose my evening pills. What’s more, once I took my evening pills, I left the zipper to the far right (with empty pouches open), so that it’s ready for me to fill the following week. As you can see, the zippers from the Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday pouches are also pulled to the right. See how the pouches are left open? Instant time saver and joint reliever!