WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?
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IF YOU COULD GO ON YOUR DREAM VACATION WHERE WOULD YOU GO?  WOULD YOU GO ALONE ? TAKE SOMEONE? TELL US WHERE YOU WOULD GO.OR IF YOU ALREADY HAD YOUR DREAM VACATION ?
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Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/26/2011 11:44 PM EST
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  We are not able to go anywhere with my husband's MS.  He has difficulty navigating and is always lightheaded.  He has also had hives from the medication for the MS.  We used to go on vacation and day trips and out to eat; but that is impossible now.  I know he feels bad about it; but he can't help it.  I try to keep the conversation away from things like vacations, going to dinner, etc.

Nikki, I'm sorry to hear about your husband.  You are both in my prayers.  I pray for strength for you.  Please pray for strength for me, too.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/27/2011 8:59 AM EST
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We've been on two Alaska cruises (the second one included 7 days travel inland) - it is so amazing and beautiful!  We have also taken three European cruises, each one more wonderful than the last.  I love to travel...I guess my absolute favourite dream vacation would be a slow Grand Tour around the world.  I think I would want to go alone, so I would be certain that all the fascinating tours I wanted to do would not bore my husband.  Our tastes run in entirely different directions, but when I try to book him on a day trip I know he would enjoy while I went elsewhere, he panics and insists that I book him on the same one as I want...

Nikki, my sympathies on your husband...Alzheimers is such a horrible disease, leaving the patient a shell of their old selves, 
I took care of my mother-in-law for several years and it was so hard to see her like that - the kids were little, and couldn't understand why Grandma didn't know them any more.  My prayers are with you.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/27/2011 1:56 PM EST
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I would love to go to Hawaii with my husband.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/27/2011 2:12 PM EST
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  We are not able to go anywhere with my husband's MS.  He has difficulty navigating and is always lightheaded.  He has also had hives from the medication for the MS.  We used to go on vacation and day trips and out to eat; but that is impossible now.  I know he feels bad about it; but he can't help it.  I try to keep the conversation away from things like vacations, going to dinner, etc. Nikki, I'm sorry to hear about your husband.  You are both in my prayers.  I pray for strength for you.  Please pray for strength for me, too.
Posted by Marie F


Hi Marie,so sorry to hear about your husband also,My thoughts and prayers for the both of you and your family.It is very difficult to care for a loved one.Just remember Marie take a little time for yourself.God bless you.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/27/2011 2:56 PM EST
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  We are not able to go anywhere with my husband's MS.  He has difficulty navigating and is always lightheaded.  He has also had hives from the medication for the MS.  We used to go on vacation and day trips and out to eat; but that is impossible now.  I know he feels bad about it; but he can't help it.  I try to keep the conversation away from things like vacations, going to dinner, etc. Nikki, I'm sorry to hear about your husband.  You are both in my prayers.  I pray for strength for you.  Please pray for strength for me, too.
Posted by Marie F


Marie, Thank you for the prayers.  I can imagine it is very difficult for both you and your husband with the MS.  I help a lady with range of motion exercises, she is wheelchair bound and her husband just wants her to keep as much flexibility as possible.  It is very hard on the days where she tells me she just wants to die.  (I give her a break on the exercises and just hold her hand and let her cry.)
I do hope you have some help.  It does a world of wonder to get out and away from the situation once in a while.  And I have found you can't take care of anybody unless you take care of yourself first.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/27/2011 2:58 PM EST
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I would love to go to Hawaii with my husband.
Posted by debbie b


GO!!!!! You never know what life will bring you.  If you can make the trip go for it.  Check Cruise prices or even a timeshare.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/27/2011 11:52 PM EST
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In Response to Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE? : Marie, Thank you for the prayers.  I can imagine it is very difficult for both you and your husband with the MS.  I help a lady with range of motion exercises, she is wheelchair bound and her husband just wants her to keep as much flexibility as possible.  It is very hard on the days where she tells me she just wants to die.  (I give her a break on the exercises and just hold her hand and let her cry.) I do hope you have some help.  It does a world of wonder to get out and away from the situation once in a while.  And I have found you can't take care of anybody unless you take care of yourself first.
Posted by nikki p


Nikki:One of my sons lives about an hour away.  He helps whenever he is able to.  In fact, every time it snows, he comes here and shovels the driveway.  He's a teacher and had a two hour delay today and came before school to shovel us out.  We want to hire someone to do it, but he won't let us.  Afterwards he went to the store to get bread, milk and eggs for me.  I had knee replacement surgery in June and again in November and he took care of his father while I was in the hospital and rehab.  My other son lives four hours away.  He helped out during that time, too.  He comes when he is able to.  Also my brother has helped with dr. appmts. & other things.  He's been out of work, it &was 2 years in October.  He has exhausted his unemployment and has no money coming in and keeps taking from his savings.  We try to help him as much as we can.He is 62 years old and it is hard for him to find a job.
I do a lot of praying and I have friends that pray for us too.

Thank you Nikki.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/28/2011 1:18 AM EST
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I think I have already taken my dream vacation.  My husband and I went to Hawaii several years ago.  I think that is when I first suspected that he had Alzheimer's.  Vacations since then have become more of a chore than relaxing. Where would I like to go? Greece, Italy...Looks like a Mediterranean Cruise in my future... Have to see Alaska and I have to go to North Dakota, the only 2 states I have yet to go to. I want to return to Scotland. I also want to go to Budapest.  (Probably an influence from the book I read The Historian very good book)
Posted by nikki p


So sorry that your husband has Alzheimer's!!! It does help if you can get away for a while. I had 2 sisters with MS, one is still doing ok but
my other sister died 9 years ago at 52. They do get really depressed and I would try and spend as much time as I could with her.  I will keep
you in my prayers too!!!

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/28/2011 5:23 AM EST
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My husband and I have done a good bit of travelling.  We love Central America; especially Honduras and Costa Rica.  We were short-term missionaries in Honduras and we fell in love with the people and country.  Vacation-wise Costa Rica is super!

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/28/2011 7:48 AM EST
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Praise God --- Aren't we a special group? Believing in prayer is so special, so powerful and we use it.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/28/2011 8:01 AM EST
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Hands down.....Italy. My hubby is 100% meatball!!!

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/29/2011 10:50 PM EST
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Let see, I would like to go to England and take an Alaska cruise.  Those would be my two top favorites.  I just would love to travel...period!  lol lol

I have been to most parts of Italy, Greece, Island of Capri, Aruba, St. Thomas and my favorite trip was to see Mickey Mouse in Florida!

Nikki...

I am sorry to hear about your husband!  It's very hard to see a love one go through something like that.  It's hard for him, because he doesn't want you to see him like this either.  There are good days and bad days...it's just very very hard!  Bless your heart!

I know what you are going through...my husband and I took care of his Dad when he had his Cancer.  We didn't want him in a nursing home, so we took care of him in our home.  It was very, very  hard on us, but if we would have to do it all over again, we would do it!!  We shared special moments with him that we will always cherish...what wonderful memories he gave us. 

Make sure to take time for yourself...get your nails done, get a facial just something that makes you feel special. 

Both of you will be in my prayers.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/30/2011 11:18 AM EST
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I thank everybody for the kind words and prayers. 
As everyone can see from the wide variety of posts and the different things we all face in our lives you never know what will happen.  You have to embrace what you have when you have it.  So I say take that cruise, go to Italy, to Hawaii, Greece, where ever you have wanted to go.  Make the plans and GO.  Does it make sense to wait until later, you are always going to find a reason why not to go, the kids need college, the windows need replacing, the sofa needs to be replaced, .........those things will always need to be done, and you will always find a reason NOT to go where ever your dream vacation would take you.  You need to think of the reasons that you SHOULD go. 
Look at it this way if you think it is too expensive now do you really think it will get less expensive?  Go and do while you can.

I will step down off my soap box now.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/30/2011 11:33 AM EST
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Nikki, I know what you are going thru. Same thing here but it is in the very early stages and he flat refuses to admit it or go to a doctor. I would love to go to Ireland, Greece and Italy.
Posted by Wa-Ha K


Early treatment can help.  You could check with a hospital nearby and see if there are any drug studies being done.  Any treatment done in a drug study is paid for by the drug company so often you get much more thorough testing done going through a study that your regular doctor.  I have learned through a support group that many people with Alzheimer's have had it for at least 10 years prior to diagnosis.  They have learned to hide and cover up symptoms and to adapt to the memory loss.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/30/2011 12:31 PM EST
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I think I have already taken my dream vacation.  My husband and I went to Hawaii several years ago.  I think that is when I first suspected that he had Alzheimer's.  Vacations since then have become more of a chore than relaxing. Where would I like to go? Greece, Italy...Looks like a Mediterranean Cruise in my future... Have to see Alaska and I have to go to North Dakota, the only 2 states I have yet to go to. I want to return to Scotland. I also want to go to Budapest.  (Probably an influence from the book I read The Historian very good book)
Posted by nikki p


We returned a week ago from our fifth cruise, and I am saddened that it will probably be our last.  My husband has been showing signs of Alzheimer's, and I thought we had more time; but on this cruise, he went downhill rapidly.  I'm not sure that he even remembers where we went or what we did.  I hope someone comes up with a good medication that will help to lessen the the stress of this condition.  I know it has to be hard on the patient, and the stress on the caregiver is unbelievable.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/30/2011 1:23 PM EST
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I think my dream vacation is more along the lines of retirement - I love Alaska, and look forward to being able to stay.  I have been all over the world (Middle East, Europe, Japan, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada and all over the states) and I love visiting many places,  but I find that being home with my family with nothing really planned is the best relaxation.  The only thing I still have on my list is a hunting safari in Africa.

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/30/2011 1:55 PM EST
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Would like to go to just anywhere as long as it is not in the usa

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/30/2011 3:15 PM EST
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In Response to Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE? : We returned a week ago from our fifth cruise, and I am saddened that it will probably be our last.  My husband has been showing signs of Alzheimer's, and I thought we had more time; but on this cruise, he went downhill rapidly.  I'm not sure that he even remembers where we went or what we did.  I hope someone comes up with a good medication that will help to lessen the the stress of this condition.  I know it has to be hard on the patient, and the stress on the caregiver is unbelievable.
Posted by Darla M


Darla, our last real vacation, about 2 years ago we went on a cruise and I think it was a bit much for my husband as well.  It was a Western Caribbean and several of the stops were Mexico, I could not get him out of jeans, long sleeved shirts. Even on the deck around the pool he wore jeans. I think I got him into the pool once.  As long as he is in a familiar place he is OK but get him someplace new and you can see the stress and confusion.

I mentioned in another post, check a hospital near you or the Alzheimer's Association for drug studies in your area.  Some do show promise.  Even if it is to delay for a while the more rapid decline it is worth it.

Do yourself a favor and find a support group in your area.  If for no other reason than you will feel better that your husband is not as advanced as others and it can help you prepare.  As he progresses you will need someplace to "vent" and get ideas and information.  Look into drop off programs where he can get some stimulation or just sit and read or watch TV while you go shopping or out with friends for lunch. 
Good luck.  If you need a shoulder let me know.  Here is a big hug for you.(( )).

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

posted at 1/30/2011 3:18 PM EST
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Would like to go to just anywhere as long as it is not in the usa
Posted by Mary L


Mary, why not the U.S.A.?  Lots of great places here, lots of beautiful places.  And very friendly people!! 
Only 2 states I have yet to go to..Alaska and North Dakota.  (I think they should have divided the Dakotas East and West that way I would have only Alaska to see.)

Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?

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   I think it  ( " dream vacation" would be a cruise w/ hubby.possibly through the
Panama canal, ( a childhood dream) .Then reality sets in:seasikness; airborne illnesses; an uncomfortable non-handicap accessasable  room.That's happend  tooo many times in the past; while travellng around North America.  Sadly, the U.S. has given us the worst  experience w/accomadations even tough we clearly specify the need for  a wheelchair accessable room.Mexico was better at providing apropriate accomodations, than theUS.  Canada(  both east & west coasts) was the best @ meeting our needs.
exaples of poor odgings:
A non- smokingroom, stank like a filthy ashtray; walls & bedspread coated w/ brown nicotine stains
At check in a room on the3rd floor( no elevator)was offered.

Thee xits from otel to parking ot ere not learedof now by1PM; We could not get to the car to go fo a eal r keep apptpts or do  the tourist things. Thehotel'sr estaurant had 2 halff lights ofstairs to get there. 
I had called the front desk@ 0900 hrs to request at least one exit be cleared of snow.
Thiswasa midhigh piced otel hain, not a cheap place where you would expect such poor maintenance. 
A transfer bench( requested & promised when making reservations, was neither in the room or   provided during our 3 night/4 day stay.It was summer time inVirginia( very hot & humid) we had plans to join family & friends for dinner &  after a 12 hour train ride( AC out of service) I could not consider     socializing in my  unwashed state
 The cruise through the Panama canal( my dream) is 10 days .No AC or bathing facilities would be a nightmare.Hubby finally no longer gets seasick.Airborne illnesses is stil a concern.Instead, we may  be driving to Atlantic City where hopefully newer hotels will be better suited to our needs.
We are not gamblers & do not drink alcoholic beverages,  so this might be a boring vacation.
We hope to find quality ntertainment/  shows.In LasVegas one year we were fortunate to have singer LouRawles in the casino's theater.He was in good voice & the sparkling water w/lime wedge was cool & refreshing (@ $20pp minimum)
Money mouth YellWe will probably do just  as we have for over   ten years: stay home; take day trips to Boston area  Museums  & have lunch out,daily  all over the New England region.Undecided
Hubby is serioously thinking of going up again to Quebec or Montreal;always been enjoyable & accomodating.
Honestly, wherever we get to go wil be either a dream or a nightmare.Undecided
If any of you have traveled w/a person confined to a wheelchai r & has had a good experience; please share the itinerary( destination &  method of travel) w/ me.It's still early enough for us to check it out & make plans..I
if f   there is a "dream"place for us to aim for?????????????????Undecided
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