Hawaii – Day 5

Every day that goes by we slide further and further into our own island routine.  I'd like to say everything is perfect, but no vacation is ever flawless.  We've had a few small bumps along the way, but nothing serious.

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The winds have kicked up stronger and there's a buzz on Maui regarding Hurricane Felicia and the impact she might have on the islands.  We left the beach early on Day #5 because the winds became so strong we were being painfully pelted by the windblown sand.  The waves are bigger and the current is stronger than when we arrived.  The fact that a tropical storm is hovering out there is obvious.

On a personal note, I forego any swimming on Day #4 and swam only a little on Day #5.  I'm having problems with my arm.  The pain has been bad enough to wake me several times each night.  I think I overdid things too much my first few days here.  I've backed off a little and will build back gradually.  I'm still enjoying myself, but I'm also very frustrated.

My arm issues have also become a challenge due to my decision to discontinue my current physical therapy program.  The Torturer (my physical therapist for my new readers) and I parted ways a few days prior to this trip.  Now I'm unsure what course to take.  Do I seek treatment when I return?  If so, what type of treatment?  

I'm in Hawaii, but with an arm that is causing me pain and a lot of frustration.  Why can't the damn thing just work?  Normally the beach calms me no matter what's going on in my life.  The past few days it hasn't fulfilled its usual magic.  I feel restless.  I want solutions.  

I'm not sure there are any.

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On a lighter note, we had dinner at a highly recommended restaurant on Day #5.  Our waiter was clearly very drunk.  I suppose that shouldn't be funny, but he was immensely entertaining.  My three teens (along with Briefcase and I) had a difficult time holding back our giggles as he waited on us.  He was slurring his words and stumbled once or twice.  Instead of being annoying or obnoxious, he was comedic.  

I did swim a little bit on Day #5.  I couldn't resist because several of my friends were right offshore and seemed to call for me to join them.

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In this photo, a sea turtle (honu) is swimming away from me.  The sea turtles are much bigger than most people realize.  They can weigh up to 400 pounds.  Sea turtles are gentle and very calming to watch.  In many cultures they represent wisdom.  They've been hanging around me a lot this trip.  Perhaps some of their wisdom will rub off on me.

Here's a better picture I found via Google:

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I love the turtles.  I always have, but this trip I feel a kinship with them.  (Unlike a lot of people, they don't judge and they always seem so kind.) 

If I want sea turtles as my friends, why deny me? 

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Have I mentioned it's beautiful here?

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Beautiful …

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36 Responses to “Hawaii – Day 5”

  1. Deidre

    Whenever I think of sea turtles I think of Finding Nemo. Good Movie. And you’re right, I am pretty sure turtles make awesome friends.

  2. Deidre

    Whenever I think of sea turtles I think of Finding Nemo. Good Movie. And you’re right, I am pretty sure turtles make awesome friends.

  3. Deidre

    Whenever I think of sea turtles I think of Finding Nemo. Good Movie. And you’re right, I am pretty sure turtles make awesome friends.

  4. Maureen at IslandRoar

    Oh, I’m so sorry you’re in pain and need to make yet more decisions concerning your arm.
    Last Feb in Barbados, as we snorkeled, sea turtles swam right by us, so I know what you mean. They are lovely, something about them.
    Oh, and I can’t believe your waiter was drunk! Hard not to giggle at that one.

  5. Maureen at IslandRoar

    Oh, I’m so sorry you’re in pain and need to make yet more decisions concerning your arm.
    Last Feb in Barbados, as we snorkeled, sea turtles swam right by us, so I know what you mean. They are lovely, something about them.
    Oh, and I can’t believe your waiter was drunk! Hard not to giggle at that one.

  6. Maureen at IslandRoar

    Oh, I’m so sorry you’re in pain and need to make yet more decisions concerning your arm.
    Last Feb in Barbados, as we snorkeled, sea turtles swam right by us, so I know what you mean. They are lovely, something about them.
    Oh, and I can’t believe your waiter was drunk! Hard not to giggle at that one.

  7. Jan

    *raises eyebrows* You and The Torturer have gone separate ways?
    I’m sorry your arm is bothering you, hon. What a crappy thing to have to endure during what is supposed to be a restful vacation.
    But I have to admit, I got a good giggle out of your drunken waiter.

  8. Jan

    *raises eyebrows* You and The Torturer have gone separate ways?
    I’m sorry your arm is bothering you, hon. What a crappy thing to have to endure during what is supposed to be a restful vacation.
    But I have to admit, I got a good giggle out of your drunken waiter.

  9. Jan

    *raises eyebrows* You and The Torturer have gone separate ways?
    I’m sorry your arm is bothering you, hon. What a crappy thing to have to endure during what is supposed to be a restful vacation.
    But I have to admit, I got a good giggle out of your drunken waiter.

  10. Linda

    You and The Torturer have parted ways? This can not be good.
    Your previous posts describing all the tropical fruit you’ve been eating prompted me to by a pineapple last night. I ate so much of it I got citrus burns. Hurts so good!

  11. Linda

    You and The Torturer have parted ways? This can not be good.
    Your previous posts describing all the tropical fruit you’ve been eating prompted me to by a pineapple last night. I ate so much of it I got citrus burns. Hurts so good!

  12. Linda

    You and The Torturer have parted ways? This can not be good.
    Your previous posts describing all the tropical fruit you’ve been eating prompted me to by a pineapple last night. I ate so much of it I got citrus burns. Hurts so good!

  13. Kensi

    When you said that you are feeling restless, I wanted to try to help you feel better and say, “just remember how blessed you are in your life and to be able to enjoy your life and family.” Then I realized, I’m not in your situation and have no idea how I would react after three years of hell. My response may end up being “blah, blah, blah” to you. HOWEVER…only knowing what you’ve shared on your blog regarding The Torturer I will say you have been incredibly lucky to have a therapist who doesn’t put up with any crap and seems to genuinely care about you and your progress. I hope that you two will reconsider your separation, and that maybe you can find a newer, more innovative therapy to help you.
    Good luck….
    Oh, and also? Enjoy Hawaii! You are incredibly lucky to be there, blah,blah, blah…

  14. Kensi

    When you said that you are feeling restless, I wanted to try to help you feel better and say, “just remember how blessed you are in your life and to be able to enjoy your life and family.” Then I realized, I’m not in your situation and have no idea how I would react after three years of hell. My response may end up being “blah, blah, blah” to you. HOWEVER…only knowing what you’ve shared on your blog regarding The Torturer I will say you have been incredibly lucky to have a therapist who doesn’t put up with any crap and seems to genuinely care about you and your progress. I hope that you two will reconsider your separation, and that maybe you can find a newer, more innovative therapy to help you.
    Good luck….
    Oh, and also? Enjoy Hawaii! You are incredibly lucky to be there, blah,blah, blah…

  15. Kensi

    When you said that you are feeling restless, I wanted to try to help you feel better and say, “just remember how blessed you are in your life and to be able to enjoy your life and family.” Then I realized, I’m not in your situation and have no idea how I would react after three years of hell. My response may end up being “blah, blah, blah” to you. HOWEVER…only knowing what you’ve shared on your blog regarding The Torturer I will say you have been incredibly lucky to have a therapist who doesn’t put up with any crap and seems to genuinely care about you and your progress. I hope that you two will reconsider your separation, and that maybe you can find a newer, more innovative therapy to help you.
    Good luck….
    Oh, and also? Enjoy Hawaii! You are incredibly lucky to be there, blah,blah, blah…

  16. Elaina

    Loving the pictures of your trip. And how cool to swim with sea turtles around? One of my friends is stationed in Hawaii. He hates it. I think he’s smokin’ crack. I’ve never been. Your pictures make me want to go…like yesterday!

  17. Elaina

    Loving the pictures of your trip. And how cool to swim with sea turtles around? One of my friends is stationed in Hawaii. He hates it. I think he’s smokin’ crack. I’ve never been. Your pictures make me want to go…like yesterday!

  18. Elaina

    Loving the pictures of your trip. And how cool to swim with sea turtles around? One of my friends is stationed in Hawaii. He hates it. I think he’s smokin’ crack. I’ve never been. Your pictures make me want to go…like yesterday!

  19. Trina

    It is beautiful there!! I am sorry you are in pain and hope it gets better or at least bareable soon. I think sea turtles are the perfect friends, they will swim with you, not gossip about you, be quite calming and you always want a friend that weighs more than you do.

  20. Trina

    It is beautiful there!! I am sorry you are in pain and hope it gets better or at least bareable soon. I think sea turtles are the perfect friends, they will swim with you, not gossip about you, be quite calming and you always want a friend that weighs more than you do.

  21. Trina

    It is beautiful there!! I am sorry you are in pain and hope it gets better or at least bareable soon. I think sea turtles are the perfect friends, they will swim with you, not gossip about you, be quite calming and you always want a friend that weighs more than you do.

  22. Linda T

    Ahh Suzanne- I see you are in pain and it is not all Physical. Not sure why you and the Torturer parted ways but hope it was for benign reasons instead of something dramatic and traumatic.
    Whatever is the cause I hope you feel better soon and I LOVE the whole Turtle thing.
    (((hugs)))

  23. Linda T

    Ahh Suzanne- I see you are in pain and it is not all Physical. Not sure why you and the Torturer parted ways but hope it was for benign reasons instead of something dramatic and traumatic.
    Whatever is the cause I hope you feel better soon and I LOVE the whole Turtle thing.
    (((hugs)))

  24. Linda T

    Ahh Suzanne- I see you are in pain and it is not all Physical. Not sure why you and the Torturer parted ways but hope it was for benign reasons instead of something dramatic and traumatic.
    Whatever is the cause I hope you feel better soon and I LOVE the whole Turtle thing.
    (((hugs)))

  25. Kelly

    What’s up with The Torturer? Did you finally break his heart? Despite your gripes about him in the past I’m thinking this is not a good thing – for either of you. Any hope to reconcile? Hope your arm feels better.

  26. Kelly

    What’s up with The Torturer? Did you finally break his heart? Despite your gripes about him in the past I’m thinking this is not a good thing – for either of you. Any hope to reconcile? Hope your arm feels better.

  27. Kelly

    What’s up with The Torturer? Did you finally break his heart? Despite your gripes about him in the past I’m thinking this is not a good thing – for either of you. Any hope to reconcile? Hope your arm feels better.

  28. Chris

    So beautiful. I’ve heard the turtles are much larger than one would expect!
    I’ve been keeping up with your trip in my Reader and on Twitter. Glad you’re having a nice time and I hope for clarity and continued healing. 🙂

  29. Chris

    So beautiful. I’ve heard the turtles are much larger than one would expect!
    I’ve been keeping up with your trip in my Reader and on Twitter. Glad you’re having a nice time and I hope for clarity and continued healing. 🙂

  30. Chris

    So beautiful. I’ve heard the turtles are much larger than one would expect!
    I’ve been keeping up with your trip in my Reader and on Twitter. Glad you’re having a nice time and I hope for clarity and continued healing. 🙂

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