The much-anticipated baseball game was a good day for me! That is a blessing in itself.
Beforehand, I felt up to driving a couple of miles to get a haircut. Nothing adds to making one feel better than a haircut and style. Having already prepared for various scenarios — the excessive heat, exhaustion from walking too much, and a sudden headache — I brought a cooling towel, cool wraps (for wrists or ankles), NSAID, and Neurontin (for burning pain, headache, or just to take part of sleep med slightly early). I familiarized myself with elevators, ramps, bathrooms, and walking distance from Metrorail to the stadium. The ride was smooth, especially since it was a holiday week, and most stops required few people to board. The majority of those riding were dressed in baseball attire. I had to stand only at one stop, and that was just a few minutes.
As we proceeded up the escalator to the turnstiles, I could see the room was mostly windows. It had been cloudy most of the day without any precipitation, but as we neared the door the skies opened up and it poured. Fortunately, leaving for the train a few minutes early prevented us from being drenched. As my husband looked up the current radar on his cellphone, I took a seat on the windowsill. I was joined by a woman walking with a cane and a man who needed to eat a snack to avoid getting hypoglycemic. In this instance, and earlier when my husband asked me if I was up to walking the stairs or wanted to take the elevator, I was catapulted back to being a person with a disability. Other than that, I was able to fit into the crowd of others without standing out as having a limitation.
It was fun to sit and watch others as they ran in the rain, jumped in puddles, or casually walked along the streets. I had not been to this section of the city before; it was fun to see an area that was unfamiliar to me. If I looked to one side, I could see a portion of the stadium. It was exciting! The lights, a part of the seating, even one of the apartment complexes shown on television was “live, in person.”
Looking at the radar screen showed a cell of heavy rain that was moving across the area. It stayed that way for a half hour and looked as if the rain would dissipate. Unfortunately, that was not the case, and after an hour-and-a-half, we turned for home. Moments later, the game was officially postponed as were my dreams of attending a baseball game. For the second time! Last year, heavy rain and wind also affected the game. What are the chances?
While I was disheartened and frustrated, my initial reaction was expressed a couple of days earlier when the weather had changed to possible rain for part of the day. So, basically, I already had prepared myself for this to happen. Since my husband reminded me that the weather did not match the forecast over the past week, I held out hope.
I had a good day, so I was just thankful for that. Getting out after a few months was a special event in itself, something that only those of us with chronic illnesses can fully understand. Those who are healthy do not realize how fortunate they are to have aspects of life that are stable and routine. Since the game has been postponed to a later date, we have another guaranteed chance. I just hope that many factors will come into play once again so that the third time will be the charm.
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