Future son-in-law, CT, took us out on his fishing boat last night. It is the first time I have been on a boat since my stroke four years ago. Pretty brave of CT and K to give it a shot, eh?!
The stroke in the cerebellum affected my balance and gave me severe motion sickness for months to come. Walking and even biking were a challenge during the first year. As I was moving, the earth seemed to be moving at the same time. It was fairly disconcerting. Eventually I rode on a plane, but I knew boating would end up being the last thing that I would attempt.
CT waited for a fairly still evening before my first return trip to the water. Actually, it wasn't bad at all. I was unsteady on my feet, and trying to move while the boat was moving wasn't pretty. However, no motion sickness or vertigo--which was a relief! I ended the evening with the beginning of a headache, kind of like the early signs of car sickness that I had as a kid. But after two hours on the water, that was it!
At one point, K and I jumped in with life jackets and floated for awhile. CT and the Mr. caught a few fish, so at least CT got a little something out of it, too.
This was our view on the water last night. It doesn't get much better. And that was one more thing I can check off my list of things to accomplish after the stroke. Next up? Snow skiing.