Nothing like a rainy day, a fibromyalgia flare-up and bickering in-laws to really make the drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg, TN a real blast.
The rain was with us for most of the drive. It made driving really tedious for my husband, especially with all the trucks around. He actually made extra stops so he could have a break from the rainy driving from time to time. We drove highway the whole way. It just wasn’t a low road kind of day!
Personally, I had taken medication for the pain and was kind of drowsy. That left my husband sort of alone with his parents in the back seat. I forgot to put a Thermacare wrap on my low back before we left and I wasn’t about to do it at a rest stop. So I had to tough out what the medication didn’t take away – which happened to be a lot today. The pain had started on the left side of my low back and eventually ran from my left foot up the left side of my body to my neck, still on the left side. The rest of my body just ached a bit – like a dull toothache. The drive was probably more scenic than I recall, but frankly I couldn’t get to Gatlinburg quickly enough. All I wanted to do was take more meds and a nap.
When we finally arrived in the Gatlinburg area, we grabbed a meal at the Olive Garden. The apricot chicken was delicious. Then we stopped at the WalMart Supercenter for a few supplies. We really could not go shopping with Mom and Dad on a regular basis! Between the worrying about which 6-pack of water was the cheapest (got to save the 7 cents on vacation) to the time it took to get through the line (maybe 5 minutes tops), it’s always an adventure.
We checked in at the Hampton Inn in Gatlinburg after Dad had asked my husband if we were on the right road once too many times. Mom got the message from my husband’s terse “Yes” and told Dad to shut up. Wise woman.
We went for a drive after settling in to see if we could spot any bears on the road we had frequently seen them on our previous visit. No luck. Mom said she and Dad had jinxed us when it came to seeing wildlife on the trip. She may be right.
I tried writing last night after the drive, but just couldn’t keep my mind on it. Too much fatigue, too much pain, too much medication. So I just quit and went to bed. Hopefully tomorrow would be a better day.