Ah, the sea. All the great food. Crew to wait on your every need, etc.
Sounds good? Well, forget it if you're getting over a stroke.
Left out of this great dream is the fact that the ship, even in peaceful seas, will add a rock and roll to your floor. Your walker will turn into a piece of tin no longer giving you four stable legs to help steady yourself in the upright position.
Your family will self-select caregiver roles so they don't have to deal with what will happen should you fall. And you? You will become 100% wheelchair bound, just like when you first had your stroke.
Now, both you and your "drafted caregivers" can be a little miserable in your dependent roles.
Here are some things I have learned and am now learning:
- Some carpets grab wheelchair wheels making navigation quite difficult. A surprising number of these carpets can be found in the public areas of the ship.
- Going to the bathroom away from your room is quite a challenge. Gone are the side-rail pull-up bars in the public restrooms. They have been replaced by some short pull-down bars that do not provide the "pull-up" benefit of the parallel wall-mounted grab bars.
- For me, this change meant going back to my stateroom to go to the bathroom all the time -- after my first-time exposure to the new bars, when I thought I might have to be discovered by the night cleaning crew before I could get back up to pull up slacks and then reclaim my seat in my wheelchair.
- More on cruising in later posts. For now I recommend you avoid cruising.