Today I’ve decided to pace myself a bit. The rest of the family are going to Legoland. It will be a 2 hour ride on the bus to get there, a full day at the park, and a 2 hour ride back.

I’m going to hang at the hotel instead and walk around town a bit. I might even stroll through Disneyland.

I’m giving myself the day off. To some that may seem selfish or even careless to miss a day with my grandchildren. But we have had a good time at Disneyland making lots of memories. So now I’m taking care of myself.

It’s like this: Remember when the stewardess on the plane gives you instructions about the oxygen mask? You’re told to put the mask on yourself before you put one on your child. There’s a reason for that. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t survive long enough to help your child.

So I’m taking care of myself today. I want to make sure I keep myself in good shape by exercising (I certainly got a lot of that the last two days!) and getting enough rest.

(Oh, I forgot to mention: I’ve had more than one day at Disneyland with the boys. On the day I wrote the grouchy entry about my dizziness, I actually felt a little better in the afternoon and was able to make it for the second half of the day.)

Now, here I am, in my hotel room, writing this blog. I’m alone, feeling a bit guilty but also knowing I’ve made the right decision.

Am I making excuses for that decision? Maybe. But I don’t think so. Instead I’m relating the reason for the decision in an effort to help others with heath issues take care of themselves.

I think there’s more than one way to show your love to your family and friends. You show it by being there for them and you show it by taking care of yourself. You can’t accomplish the former without the latter.

So, being a Trekker, I’ll sum this all up with…

Live Long and Prosper

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